Title: The Dreamers
Author: Karen Thompson Walker
Genre: Science Fiction
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
What a strange read with such strange writing. I’m still on the fence on whether I enjoyed this writing style or not, but it felt very dream-like (for lack of a better word). I suppose considering what the book is about, this isn’t a bad thing, but it could absolutely potentially turn off readers.
The story is multi-perspective, following several different characters from a town that is struck with a sudden sleeping sickness. It’s not a scary or tense read, but it’s very interesting and there’s an air of mystery as mass amounts of people begin to fall asleep. The town is put under quarantine while scientists and doctors alike try to keep the growing number of sleeping patients alive while also trying to understand the cause. While observing these patients, doctors are beginning to notice that every one of them is dreaming, and their brain activity while in this state is off the charts.
It’s hard to get into this review without getting spoiler-y, as some of the biggest things that happen are towards the end of the book. Because I don’t want to discuss these things, let me just say that the actions of one of the characters pissed me off so much. Also, the end was not at all satisfying. I still have loads of questions, but the author chose to leave readers in the dark. I understand this was intentional but it still makes me livid because I don’t like unanswered questions.
Yet while these things angered me, I still think about this book. I read The Dreamers in the middle of February and the events are still fresh in my mind. It’s thought-provoking and fascinating, and I could actually see myself rereading this.
This read left me with so many mixed feelings, but I can see this being a great book club read because it could bring about so many awesome discussions. If the premise interests you at all, I recommend at least trying this out simply so you can form your own opinion, and then discuss it with me because I’m furious.