Dream Strider

Dream Strider

Book - 2016
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Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject's body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighboring kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands thestakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.

Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith, is a high-concept, fantasy spy novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Publisher: New York : Square Fish, 2016.
ISBN: 9781250090706
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Smith
Characteristics: 391 pages : map ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Dreamstrider

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Blue_Crow_2
Jun 06, 2016

I made it through about 3/4ths of the book before skipping to the end, which I think is pretty impressive. The concept of the novel is original and interesting. It felt promising and had potential, but unfortunately the novel did not live up to it.

First thing I didn't like: the main character is incredible incompetent. I was willing to forgive that because her incompetence seemed to be part of the plot, but she never improved throughout the novel and that made me kind of want to stab someone.

Second thing: the book moved too slowly. So slowly.

Third: the writing got worse as the book progressed. The scene where Livia and Brandt met the Emperor was the most ridiculous thing I'd ever read. The Emperor's dialogue was straight out of a children's novel. I actually stared at the pages in disbelief.

I'm one for strong female leads. I like YA novels, which pretty much means I like romance plots, but I do NOT like cheesy, unrealistic, white-knight plots. I want something real that I can believe and that I can get behind. Livia's relationship with Brandt was pitiful, and the whole infatuation thing (I don't even know what to call it) with Marez was frankly a little weird and rather unbelievable.

To sum it up, the book wasn't too good...but at least the cover's really pretty?

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kc062898
May 03, 2016

I really hate to say it but Dreamstrider is a really boring book. The world, plot and the characters needed much more development. It felt very unfinished and cliche to me. Which is really sad because this could have been a amazing book.

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nidofito
Jan 18, 2016

The Dreamstrider is on the edge of being something extraordinary but it was so damn boring. It was frustrating to read through the scenes and knowing that somehow, in someway it could be so much better.

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