Sunday, December 28, 2014

Recommendation: 'The vault of dreamers' by Caragh M. O'Brien

Welcome to the Forge School of the Arts, an elite school with a unique angle: the students spend 12 hours a day in the public eye through their feeds, and the remaining 12 hours asleep in their pods.  

It's supposed to provide them with the best chance for the future, releasing their full potential through their sleep and dreams.  It is a reality show with a difference but it's still a reality show, and that means that although 100 students enter the school each year, only 50 get to stay.  It is an intense environment to live in, the students are constantly under a microscope and it is all too easy to fall into routines driven by the 12 hour cycles of sleeping and waking.  

The Forge School is an amazing opportunity for all the students but for those like Rosie Sinclair, it is a lifeline.  At home she is a nobody with a fast track to becoming a criminal, but at Forge she is has a potentially bright future.  When she breaks the rules and stays up one night, Rosie discovers a secret world hidden behind the perfect Forge facade. And this single discovery leads to a spiraling nightmare of uncovered conspiracies and discovered half conversations that convince Rosie of the danger that lurks beneath the surface.  With the odds stacked against her, and confusion spiraling all around, Rosie has to decide who to trust and what to trust - before it is too late.

The vault of dreamers is an intense psychological thriller that will make you question everything you know (or think you know) and leave you wondering what could possibly happen next.  This is a truly dystopian world - with a bright shiny shell around a seemingly rotten core.  While I picked up The vault of dreamers thinking it was a standalone, I am now looking forward to see where this series takes us.

Title: The vault of dreamers
Author: Caragh M. O'Brien
ISBN: 9781596439382

Published: 2014
Publisher: Roaring Book Press 

- Our huge thanks Em at Central City Library for the great review!


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