The Vault of Dreamers - YA Review by Veronica K

Reader: Veronica K.
Age: 13
Title: The Vault of Dreamers
Author: Caragh M. O'Brien
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Pub Date: 09/16/14
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: The plot was really well put together. You always had exactly the right amount of information for any given moment, and it also worked with itself. It happened in a place where this kind of thing can happen, to people I can see it happening to. The characters developed very well, and in directions you can see them going. The dialogue was great. These are actual people having conversations I can see people having, with an actual life behind them, not cardboard cutouts speaking lines on a stage who will go home to nothing, literally. This author knew what they were doing.
Memorable or Forgettable: I really think this author wrote the character, not the story, then had the character write the story, and that, nine times out of ten, makes the book so much better. The story was not told, it was showed. The details included make me believe in this plot, even though I doubt it would ever actually happen. It also helps that the plot idea itself is brilliant. This book was memorable.
Cover: The cover did tempt me to pick up the book, but now that I have read the book, two questions: where did this cover come from, and why?
Age Range: 12 through 18 and up
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal

tags:  science fiction / dystopian / psychological thriller / reality TV / ya lit

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