Challenge 50 ~ “A book originally written in a language other than English.”
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I love finding gems from other cultures, countries and languages. The vast majority of works in the local library are from British or American authors (with the odd Canadian thrown in), and in many ways I can see why (and am glad we support local authors). On the other hand, there are so many great reads out there from the hundreds of other countries around the world, telling stories I would love to hear. Take, for example, Dream A Little Dream.
Gier’s work is great. She takes a never-seen-before plot and winds it into an incredible read, inspiring the imagination and keeping it light and humorous. In Dream A Little Dream, Gier takes the supernatural world of demons and the ability to socialise in dreams, and fuses it harmoniously with an English prep school in modern-day London. At the same time, she explores both aspects without depreciating the other, exploring contemporary themes (such as stepfamilies and absent parents) in the backset. To top it all off, Gier presents this as only the start, presenting what can be seen as a complete story, whilst setting up the page for the remainder of the trilogy. Like the first in many series, it is easy to read as a stand-alone (although why anyone wouldn’t want to pick up the sequel after reading it, I don’t really know!)
Unique. Well-managed plots. Why hasn’t the novel five stars? Like a lot of the books I’ve thought about recently, Dream A Little Dream straddles the divide – it’s more like a 4.5 stars, if I had half stars in my system. Sure, Gier created a truly fantastic novel, but as a stand-alone the introduction was slightly overdone, and thus the action seemed a little heavily-weighted towards the end of the book. Furthermore, for a group of teenage boys (even at a private school in London) I felt that the speech un-natural throughout the novel, being a little too formal to be wholly realistic.
Yet, none of this should put you off. Dream A Little Dream presents a really enjoyable and unique storyline, seizing the reader to propel them on to a (hopefully) incredible series. The only irritation for me, however, is that the second in the trilogy has only just been released in English this month, and the third is still under work. So it’ll be a long couple of months before the library gets it in and I can get my hands on it. Maybe instead I might have to try out the Italian version that was published last year? It may take a while, but if this novel is anything to go by, the sequels are going to be incredible.
Recommended for fans of:
- Waking Dream by Rhiannon Lassiter
- The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien
- More Than This by Patrick Ness