Also by this author: Poet Anderson ...In Darkness
Published by To The Stars on October 6th 2015
From the critically acclaimed transmedia project Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, comes one of the most anticipated collaborations in YA literature this year: a thrilling, edge of your seat story written by award-winning musician, producer and director Tom DeLonge and New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young.
Poet Anderson...Of Nightmares follows the epic journey of two orphan brothers, Jonas and Alan, who are Lucid Dreamers. After a tragic car accident lands Alan in a coma, Jonas sets out into the Dream World in an attempt to find his brother and wake him up. What he discovers instead is an entire shared consciousness where fear comes to life as a snarling beast called a Night Terror, and a creature named REM is bent on destruction and misery, devouring the souls of the strongest dreamers to get closer to the Waking World. With the help of a Dream Walker—a guardian of the dreamscape, Jonas must face his fears, save his brother, and become who he was always meant to be: Poet Anderson.
I love it when I come across something different to read so when I read the summary of Poet Anderson…Of Nightmares, I was immediately intrigued. Tom DeLonge and Suzanne Young created a story that pulled me in from the very first page and kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next.
Jonas and his brother, Alan, are lucid dreamers and since the death of their parents they have been hopping around from city to city. As they are headed to what Alan believes will be their chance for something stable, they are in a car accident. As the story picks up, Alan is in a coma and Jonas’ dreams are turning into something different. As Jonas turns to the dream world to find Alan and wake him up, he finds Night Terrors and Dream Walkers…things he doesn’t really know anything about.
I loved Jonas as a main character and thought his development was well done. I loved the relationship he had with his brother and it was fantastic to learn all about what it means to be Poet Anderson right alongside Jonas. As the story progresses, Jonas grows up. He has always had Alan to lean on and now that he is on his own, he has to figure things out and he has to do it quickly. As Jonas learns more about the dream world, he also learns more about his family and what is expected of him.
Outside of Jonas, there are a number of other characters that add to the story. Sam is the girl from school who not only catches Jonas’ attention, but she also has some important connections. The Dream Walkers are an interesting group and their interactions with Jonas and ultimately, their motivations made things complicated but I loved how things were tied together at the end. The other major character is REM and he is definitely the bad guy. He has history with Jonas’ family and he will do whatever he needs to in order to get what he wants and what he wants is a Poet.
I loved the world that DeLonge and Young have built out. Both the waking world and the dream world are well developed and provide layers for the story to jump into. The authors have also created a story that blends together a fantastic mix of action, and horror with a side of romance and family.
There’s not much more I can tell you about the actual story here as I don’t want to ruin anything. Just know that I loved every minute of this book and am hopeful that we will have more stories from these two that include the Andersons. Definitely consider checking this book out when you can – I found I was unable to put it down and now that I am finished I just want more.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy!