by Wayne Thomas Batson (Goodreads Author)
“Fourteen-year-old Archer Keaton discovers he has the ability to enter and explore his dreams. He is a Dreamtreader, one of three selected from each generation. Their mission: to protect the waking world from the Nightmare Lord, who wreaks chaos in the Dream World. But as Archer’s dreams become more dangerous and threatening, so too does his waking life.
Rigby Thames, the new kid from England, builds a suspicious rock star-like following at Dresden High School a little too quickly. Even Archer’s best friend and confidant, Kara Windchil, seems taken in by the cool guy with the wild blond hair, which definitely rubs Archer the wrong way. Archer must face two foes in two worlds, but he cannot succeed alone. Archer sets off to find other Dreamtreaders in a desperate attempt to defeat the enemy terrorizing his friends and family.”-GoodReads Description
I adore every single character; they are all so different! I especially love that the genius little sister has my name, but spells it differently, “Kaylie”.
The main character, Archer, is a great hero! Brave and strong, but flawed and prideful. He makes mistakes and regrets them, learns his lesson, then makes mistakes again. A well-rounded character, and I loved seeing him taking care of his family.
The dynamic between Archer’s friends and acquaintances both in Reality and in the Dream was really interesting. Do we like them? Do we trust them? Are they good people or bad? So much mystery with the relationships between people and how they fit into the overall plot. What secrets are they hiding? It was especially engaging to see them all grow and change and fall.
I wish there had been more resolution at the end. There were a lot of loose strings that I wanted to see wrapped up, but I guess I’ll have to read the second book for that!
I was laughing and crying and gasping in surprise. I was sitting on the edge of my seat, all my nerves tense with suspense. I can’t get enough of this author! I want to read all his books.