Monday, August 5, 2013

Insomnia

Insomnia
by J. R. Johansson
The Night Walkers #1
Paperback, 351 pages
Published June 8th 2013 by Flux

Parker hasn't had a proper night's sleep in over four years. He has the power - curse might be a better word- to see the dreams of the person he last make's eye contact with before going to bed. Whether he witnesses memory dreams or outright fantasies, they are exhausting as he feels he is physically there. His body does get some rest whereas his mind as it is always active in these other dreams, gets no rest. Parker fears he is dying though he can't talk to anyone. He is sure no one will believe him, they will just stick him in his own padded cell. He figures he will just wait it out, the body tremors he can deal with. Then he starts having hallucinations, at least he hopes they are just products of his weary mind. A new girl, Mia, comes to his school and suddenly Parker has found dreams where he can lie down and sleep. The first time in years he has found someone who has peaceful calming dreams. Too bad he has to act like a psychotic stalker to make sure she is the last person he looks in the eye before he goes to bed.
There seem to be several YA books out there about people doing things in their sleep or being able to see into dreams. I found Insomnia to be slightly different in a good way. It was kind of intense at times, and of course somewhat ridiculous at moments as well. Overall it was a good, creepy teen novel. I will definitely read the next one, even though I have to wait a year. 

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