Dealing in Dreams

Dealing in Dreams

Book - 2019 | First edition
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"Sixteen year old Nalah leads the fiercest all-girl crew in Mega City, but when she sets her sights on giving this life up for a prestigious home in Mega Towers, she must decide if she's willing to do the unspeakable to get what she wants"-- Provided by publisher.
"At night, Las Mal Criadas own these streets. They're the fiercest all-girl crew in Mega City, and Nalah is their leader. She's getting weary of the violent throw downs and the boydega clubs; her dream is to make a home in the exclusive Mega Towers. To make it to the Mega towers, Nalah must prove her loyalty to the city's benevolent founder and cross the border in a search for a mysterious gang the Ashé Ryders. But the closer Nalah gets to her goal, the more she loses sight of everything-- and everyone-- she cares about. Will she do the unspeakable to get what she wants-- or choose to protect what she already has?"-- (Source of summary not specified).
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481472142
1481472143
Characteristics: 325 pages ; 22 cm

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Sixteen year old Nalah leads the fiercest all-girl crew in Mega City, but when she sets her sights on giving this life up for a prestigious home in Mega Towers, she must decide if she's willing to do the unspeakable to get what she wants.

Sixteen year old Nalah leads the fiercest all-girl crew in Mega City, but when she sets her sights on giving this life up for a prestigious home in Mega Towers, she must decide if she's willing to do the unspeakable to get what she wants.


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In Mega City, you either punch or get hit. Sixteen-year-old Nalah leads Las Malas Criadas, one of the most powerful all-girl gangs in the city, known by many as the infamous Chief Rocka. All her life, Nalah has dreamed of living in the luxurious and selective Mega Towers, and getting away from the dirt, grit, and violence on the streets. In order to prove her allegiance to Mega City’s beloved leader and earn a spot in the Towers, Chief Rocka and the LMCs must leave Mega City in search of a mysterious and reclusive enemy gang. But when Nalah starts to learn more about how her enemies live, she is suddenly forced to ask herself what getting her greatest wish--a home--really means.
In Dealing in Dreams, Rivera paints a vivid world ruled by gangs and violence with a strict matriarchy and class hierarchy. I really enjoyed how she incorporated Hispanic culture into the setting, and how well she managed to explore the world of Mega City while still maintaining an engaging plot. However, I found the ending was anticlimactic and unsatisfying, and left the book feeling unfinished. Despite this, I would still recommend this book to anyone that likes books with dystopias, Latinx culture, organized crime, and themes of home, family, and rebellion.
-Ciella

Recommended Age Group: 14 and up
Release Date: March 2019
Genre: Dystopian

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