Feb 21, 2016

Review: Dreambender by Ronald Kidd

Author: Ronald Kidd
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Number of Pages: 256

"Everyone in the City is assigned a job by the choosers--keeper, catcher, computer. Callie Crawford is a computer. She works with numbers: putting them together, taking them apart. Her work is important, but sometimes she wants more. Jeremy Finn is a dreambender. His job is to adjust people's dreams. He and others like him quietly remove thoughts of music and art to keep the people in the City from becoming too focused on themselves and their own feelings rather than on the world. They need to keep the world safe from another Warming. But Jeremy thinks music is beautiful, and when he pops into a dream of Callie singing, he becomes fascinated with her. He begins to wonder if there is more to life than being safe. Defying his community and the role they have established for him, he sets off to find her in the real world. Together, they will challenge their world's expectations. But how far will they go to achieve their own dreams?"
I went into this book blind, so I had no clue what it was about. I think that really made the experience much more enjoyable, and I had a fun time reading the book. It did take me a while to get through though and while I had fun reading it it wasn't the greatest book.

The plot was definitely the best part of the book because it kept me trapped in the entire time I was reading it. It was so original and the characters were so new that the reader just gets caught up into the story. I thought Jeremy and Callie showed two different worlds in a very unique and interesting way that I really enjoyed.

Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy the author's writing style. I felt the book was moving very quickly, and I think if the book was longer I would have enjoyed it more. There were a lot of things that the author tried to add to the plot that felt very unnecessary and rushed. (Sorry that was vague I'm trying to do this with no spoilers!) I wish I could pick through the book and just delete some parts because the book would have been so much better without them. 

Overall, I enjoyed the originality of the book but not the book in its entirety. I wanted more from the book, and it just didn't deliver.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars!

*I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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