Dreamstrider

Written by Lindsay Smith

When the professor she works for recognizes Livia’s unique ability to inhabit other people’s bodies, he begins to teach her how to dreamstride. While she is asleep, she can hijack other sleeping people’s memories and impersonate them for a limited amount of time. When she is hired as a spy for the Emperor, she discovers a plot in the dream world, Oneiros, to invade the kingdom of Barnstadt. To win, she’ll have to stay longer than ever beore in Oneiros. If she can stop the plot, she’ll gain her freedom, but if she can’t get back to her body, she will be forever stuck in the Nighmare Wastes. Will she succeed?

This book is unique and engaging. The characters are likable and draw the reader into the story.

The author intertwines espionage, fantasy, and mystery into the story with ease. Although the LGBT content does work in the book without superimposing upon the plot, this content does push the grade level range to high school for more conservative schools.

Review by Jessica Moody, Olympus Jr. High Media Center
Rating: ★★★½✩ (3.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 9 and up

Dreamstrider
Written by Lindsay Smith
Roaring Brook Press
394 pages
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Categories: Sr. High – Fiction
Tags: LGBT, dreams, fantasy, spies, espionage

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