The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien
Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
Date Read: May 2015
Genre: Dystopian, YA
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.
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press, Tantor
Series: The Vault of Dreamers #1
NOTE: These “reviews” are as simple as it gets (and mostly for tracking purposes)! They will have a rating, first thought, narrator thought (quick), and will officially be filed 🙂
Read for Fun /Listened for Review (Won/Tantor)
Overall Rating 2.50
Story Rating 2.00
Character Rating 3.00
Audio Rating 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished:I wouldn’t say The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh OBrien was a bad read but the end kind of fell flat for me. More importantly it changed the whole story and not in a good way (for me).
Overall Thoughts:I am such an ender–meaning that the end of a book can cloud the whole thing for me. Unfortunately the end of this book didn’t work for me on any level. That means I was left with that in my mind. Otherwise this was a pretty good listen. The story was well paced. The characters were unique. The world was identifiable but different. I finished it in a weekend and the bulk of the story was intriguing. I do think most people will like the end more than I did. I am not sure I will try the second book to see how it all pans out (though honestly it could make me like this one more–that happens in series sometimes)
Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller / Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
Emily really nailed the narration. Her pacing was spot on and she brought life to the characters. I really enjoyed the audiobook!
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