John Dreamer by Elise Celine
Published: 2-1-14 by AuthorBuzz
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Andy wasn’t usually sure about much, but she was absolutely certain this was the weirdest day of her life as she stood stranded in the middle of a great white room with six strangers. Well, they were mostly strangers. She could have sworn she’d seen the guy with the green eyes before, and maybe that was why he kept staring at her.
When a man calling himself the Guardian appeared and said they had come to make their deepest dreams come true, they embark on an adventure none of them ever imagined, and the consequences of their actions would change them forever.
Design – ? photoart – Vanessa Munoz Rating – 3/5
This cover made me curious about the book. I love that the girl is in one of the chairs on the side instead of the center chair. Something about the way the girl looks like she’s clinging to the chair for safety, with her hair obscuring her face, is really interesting. I like the overall color scheme, with the off-white and the deep maroon of the words.
I feel like this is a good concept for a story, but really just failed in execution. The story is set in a surreal empty space, relying on characters to drive the plot. The problem here is that we’re never given a reason to care about these people we just met. So we dive into dreams of barely fleshed-out characters while the main character, whose name I don’t remember, obsesses over a hot guy she’s just met instead of being alarmed at their situation. It feels so disjointed and reads like a 1st draft of something that could be interesting but isn’t.
- concept – In all honesty, this book earned a star just for concept. the idea is there, but it just fell flat. I’m interested in why those specific people were thrown together. I wish I knew more about the strange and surreal white room where everything took place.
- writing – When you read a good book, you don’t notice the way it’s written, unless it’s written beautifully. You’re pulled into the story and the words on the page fade into the background. John Dreamer is not a good enough story to make the words disappear, and just can’t overshadow the choppy sentences. You should never read something and think, ‘oh, these sentences are so awkward.’
- lack of connection – Seven strangers walk into an empty room, then disappear one by one… but I don’t care. This is a story designed to be character-driven, but the characters are bland. As soon as we get to know them, based on their dreams for life, they’re gone. Some of the characters are stereotypes: the spoiled brat, the bully, the shy one. Even John is the standard YA handsome, quiet, overprotective guy. I’m more interested in why these people are together in this strange place than I am in their lives. If the plot begins with 7 people, then starts to remove them from the story before we’ve gotten to know them or seen them develop, then why should we care when they’re gone? Why should we care that they’ve gone on to achieve their dreams?
- instalove – Andrea is physically attracted to John from the start. I can get behind that – totally understand. However, when John continues to stare her down, Andy starts thinking she feels a strong connection to him. Well, alright. What a connection. Strangers staring at you should probably be a warning sign and not a turn-on. John’s ok, but he’s kind of a manly-man shell of a character. He’s super-intense about making sure Andy’s ok, even though she hasn’t given any sign that she needs to be taken care of.
- plot – The characters are each dispatched after a trial involving a personal dream of theirs materializes in the empty white room. I was glad to see some of the characters leave; either because they were annoying or because they were boring. What I really wanted to know was why these people were special. They discovered that they all shared a birthday, and had a spectacularly crappy birthday sometime in the past, but why are they the chosen few? They also discover that this scenario has happened to tons of others, but why? I wish the plot was about the group searching for answers, because I have no desire to read on in the series to get those answers.
In the darkness I felt John softly let go of my hand. He had been holding it through most of the ordeal. This time he let go first, and I wished he hadn’t. – Loc. 857/1484
I had been here many times before in my dreams, just like this I guess, except previously the pictures faded and the details were wrong. This was returning to a place and time that had long gone. – Loc. 1342