The Dreamers

The Dreamers

A Novel

Book - 2019 | First edition
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One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep, and doesn't wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. When a second girl falls asleep, and then a third, Mei finds herself thrust together with an eccentric classmate as panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. A young couple tries to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. Two sisters turn to each other for comfort as their survivalist father prepares for disaster. Those affected by the illness, doctors discover, are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, higher than has ever been recorded before. They are dreaming heightened dreams, but of what? Written in luminous prose, The Dreamers is a breathtaking and beautiful novel, startling and provocative, about the possibilities contained within a human life, if only we are awakened to them.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812994162
Characteristics: pages ; cm


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Jan 20, 2019

Walker has a certain style to her books, where she slowly and carefully, and without the reader (or characters) quite knowing it has happened, fundamentally shifts her world. It is fascinating to think about the little things we notice in life, even in the midst of apocalyptic change. That being said, Walker also has a style of writing that feels to this reader as distinctly first draft -- as though she got her fantastic idea out on to paper and then ran out of steam.

Jan 19, 2019

I loved the author's "Age of Miracles" and was looking forward to this novel. Both books are environmental dystopian stories. I found The Dreamers to be terribly depressing. The events were meant to be fantastical, but they also didn't hang together cohesively. I couldn't find myself liking the protagonists, and the ending was not satisfying. I remained curious and invested enough to not be able to put down the book, but the journey was not enjoyable.

JCLGreggW Nov 29, 2018

A profound and elegantly-written character study about a slow-motion viral outbreak in a college town in California that causes its victims to fall asleep, unable to wake up, and who can only dream. (Go ahead and just mark this down as a can't-miss selection for your favorite book club.)


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