The Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy blog tour is here and this time around, they are featuring: Dreamtreaders by Wayne Thomas Batson. Ever since I first heard about Dreamtreaders and seen it’s awesome cover, I have been watching for it. Partly because I had a rudimentary scratch of an idea for a book involving dreams, so I was curious how Mr. Batson would work his magic. And he has been on my to-read list forever. I know, I am ashamed to admit that, but it’s the truth. So when Dreamtreaders came up as the book to read for the CSFF tour, I jumped. Today, I’ll share my thoughts, and Wednesday, an interview! Don’t forget to check out what the other bloggers are saying. So without further ado:
Fourteen-year-old Archer Keaton discovers he has the ability to enter and explore his dreams. He is a “dreamtreader,” one of three selected from each generation. Their mission: to protect the waking world from the Nightmare Lord, who wreaks chaos in the Dream World. But as Archer’s dreams become more dangerous and threatening, so too does his waking life.
Rigby Thames, the new kid from England, builds a suspicious rock star-like following at Dresden High School a little too quickly. Even Archer’s best friend and confidant, Kara Windchil, seems taken in by the cool guy with the wild blond hair, which definitely rubs Archer the wrong way. Archer must face two foes in two worlds, but he cannot succeed alone. Archer sets off to find other dreamtreaders in a desperate attempt to defeat the enemy terrorizing his friends and family.
Meet the Author
Wayne Thomas Batson is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Door Within trilogy, The Isle series, and The Berinfell series. As a middle school reading teacher, Wayne writes adventures set in imaginative locales because he believes that we all dream of doing something that matters.
Dreams aren’t real, right? In Archer Keaton’s world, they are, and they are about to get dangerous. Enters the Nightmare Lord. He rules the Dream World and seems bent on breaking through the dream fabric to the Waking World, also known as the Temporal world. And then there are the dreamtreaders who go around patching up the breaches. What an awesome concept!
The story moved swiftly along, kept me turning pages. I enjoyed the humor, the author’s voice/style of writing. Personally, I don’t like revisiting middle school or high school in my reading (although I LOVE YA novels, fantasy, in another world), but it’s the dream world that drives this story, not the drama that is normally found in school settings, although, we do have some. And it will be interesting to see how relationships will develop. I know who I am rooting for. 😉
This story eases us into new concepts of the three worlds presented, laying the foundation of something bigger yet to come, and to obviously whet our appetite for the oncoming adventure. Thus, there were several things that left me with questions: Like Kara, why did she want to enter the dream world so bad? Who is Rigby really? And Bezeal? How could some of the characters do dreamlike stuff in the Waking World? And that ending! I guess I will be looking for book two when it releases.
Three things that stuck out:
1)The font choice for the Dreamtreaders Creed, which isn’t really anything against the story. I like that those chapters changed font, but it was hard on my eyes.
2) Old Jack….uh, Big Ben??? I suppose a bit of the Dream World would reflect the Waking World.
3) And then there was that scene with his dad, and “anchor first, anchor deep” took on a deeper meaning. Love when that happens.
Good read, great adventure. I will be checking out more of Mr. Batson’s works.
*In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy from the publisher.
Don’t forget to check out what the other bloggers are saying:
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller