Hello mortals! What am I reviewing today? Well imagine if The Bone Season and Voiceless had a book baby together which in turn was raised by Lucky Ghost and you’ll start to get an idea of the genre I’m exploring today!
Charlie is a dreamhacker, able to enter your dreams and mould their direction. Forget that recurring nightmare about being naked at an exam – Charlie will step in to your dream, bring you a dressing gown and give you the answers. As far as she knows, she’s the only person who can do this. Unfortunately, her power comes with one drawback – Charlie also has narcolepsy, and may fall asleep at the most inopportune moment.
But in London 2022, her skill is in demand. And when she is hired by a minor celebrity – who also happens to be the new girlfriend of Charlie’s lamented ex – who dreams of a masked Creeper then sleepwalks off a tall building, Charlie begins to realise that someone else might be able to invade dreams.
Do you see what I mean? I know it’s not always helpful to describe books as a mismatch of a series of other titles as you may not have read any/all of them but it helps me to flesh out what kind of book this might be and who might enjoy reading it.
I’d say this book feels much more plot-driven than character driven. That’s not to say that Charlie isn’t an interesting character to read, I more mean that she could have differed in a lot of ways and the plot would have been mostly the same.
But what a plot. Like Lucky Ghost it reads more like a mystery novel (a noir one at that) than a science fiction novel. The sci-fi element is used to great effect, I find it hugely unsettling whenever a book explores the idea of being unsafe while asleep (my bed is one of my favourite places). This story is designed to put you a little on edge, it succeeds.
What this book handles particularly well is pacing. When I started the book I thought I was going to have to drag myself through this actually grown up novel (siiiigh) but I found myself devouring it in one setting. This is because any moments that aren’t fast paced action (the book is about sleep after all) are perfectly interspersed between well written action scenes.
Despite my usual genre, this book isn’t YA really, though older-young adults would, I daresay, enjoy the storyline. I’d particularly recommend it to people who typically enjoy somewhat creepy stories? Maybe if you’re looking to expand your reading from the kind of book you might typically pick up but you’d like to keep some of the elements of your favourites this would work for you?
I will say this book has a few…more lewd elements (why am I such a prude). They aren’t throughout and they aren’t the lewdest stories I’ve read of late but on the off chance that is a dealbreaker for you I thought I would mention it.
My rating: 4/5 (a surprisingly good read)
Sweet Dreams are Made of This publishes on the 21st of September for those wanting to check it out!
By the way, I received a digital advanced review copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
What say you? Is this something you might read? Let me know in the comments below!