I received this book for free from blog tours, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.
The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school.
What's worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.
People on Twitter were really excited about this one and I never even heard about it until all the flurry that was made at BEA earlier this year. As soon as I finished reading the synopsis, I knew I had to get it in my hands. Dystopia within a reality show? Sign me up!
I thought this was a great start to a series. Living at a boarding school, living your life with NO privacy with everyone who has a television watching your every move can’t be easy. The story progressed very slowly. I mean there was a point where I wanted to stop reading and take a break, but I pushed through and almost mid-way in, the story started to get better. The boring bits are in the beginning and somewhere in the middle, but if you push through, you’re able to get into the mystery surrounding the Forge School’s Dean.
The whole world is set in the future and even though I loved the technology and the whole concept of this reality show where you have sponsors who make you popular was creative, I still felt lost. How did this world came to be? What were those wars and how did it affect people? Why is her family living in a boxcar? Things like that made me question a lot of things and I wished they were answered.
Rosie Sinclair’s character persevered and she kept digging and digging into everything that didn’t make sense. What was weird was that she never got caught and we find out later why that’s the case. The reasoning behind it made me smirk, and it didn’t wholly make sense to me. Everything that Rosie was going into was truly fascinating and at one point I wanted it to be all a dream..Now that would have been a real twist.
A good start to the series, and I’m still interested to find out where it will go next.
Thank you so much, Giselle, for inviting me to Book Nerd Canada for the best ever This or That!
Fiction or Non-Fiction?
Fiction, of course.
Tea or Coffee?
Physical Books or E-books?
Writing in the Morning or in the Afternoon/Evening?
All the time.
Dinner or Dessert?
Comedies or Dramas?
Pen or Pencil?
Pencil, with a good eraser.
Sleeping In or Waking Early?
Oh, my gosh. Sleeping in.
The Past or the Future?
The future, always.
Being Outdoors or Indoors?
Dusk or Dawn?
Dusk, the murkier the better.
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate, by the handful.
The Beginning of a Story or The End?
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