The Dreamosphere by Laura Stoddard
Age Range: 8-12
Genre: Urban fantasy
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Sweetwater Books (July 8, 2014)
Source: From publisher for tour
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
About the Book:
What if dreams don’t disappear when we wake up? Haunted by her sister’s death, Gwen Stoker takes solace in her web of dreams-the Dreamosphere. But when someone begins destroying it, Gwen must find the culprit-or risk losing all her happy thoughts and feelings forever! Dreams come to life in this fantastical children’s tale!
About the Author:
Laura Stoddard was born in Idaho and spent her formative years running amok in the great outdoors. She received her bachelors degree in English Literature from Arizona State University. After being rejected from the masters program for creative writing she decided that she didn’t need a masters degree to tell her she could write, so she started really dedicating her time to finishing the story she’d started months earlier, with the goal of writing a complete novel, and getting it published. The result is her debut novel, The Dreamosphere, for which her own vivid, bizarre, and incomprehensible dreams provided the inspiration. Laura is an adrenaline junkie and will try anything once–or twice–or maybe three times. She can already check whitewater rafting, going down in a shark cage, and skydiving (three times) off of her list. Oh, and getting Lasik. It was five minutes of terror. She enjoys hiking, rowing, reading classic literature, embarking on new adventures and hobbies, volunteering regularly, and spending time with family. She currently resides in Phoenix, Ariz.
“What do you think happens to your dreams after you
wake up?”Gwen shrugged distractedly, too disoriented by her sudden
arrival in the remarkable setting to focus. “I dunno. They disappear?”The unblinking gray eyes of her young companion flashed as she
leaned forward. “Incorrect. Every dream you’ve ever had still exists. All
of them. They reside in a dimension called the Dreamosphere. It’s where we are
right now, as a matter of fact. Each dream basically exists as its own world,
or dream-orb. There are thousands and thousands of them, connected like drops
of dew on a gigantic spider web. Every dream you’ve ever had, Gwen. They’re all
up here. And you can visit them any time you want.”
Tabitha, the enigmatic child who shares this information, has
some even more shocking news. Gwen’s dreamosphere is in danger. Someone has
been hacking into it—destroying her dream orbs, erasing pieces of her past, and
affecting Gwen in more ways than she realizes. Together, Gwen and Tabitha
travel through the outlandish landscape of Gwen’s dream worlds to find the person
responsible. What will happen to Gwen when all her dreams are gone? What
critical clues lie within the pages of her dream journal? And what does Edgar
Allan Poe have to do with it all?
My Thoughts on The Dreamosphere:
wasn’t crazy about this book, I still liked it quite a bit. I liked
the concept of the dream webs and the orbs and how the kids could travel
from one dream to the next. I also liked Gwen and her life in the real
world. I loved her dreams, too. They were crazy, nonsensical situations
that made me smile.
The first half of the book was repetitive, with
Gwen going to school, coming home, going to sleep, learning about dreams,
waking up, and following the same pattern for several days. Many of the dream sessions in the first half could have been
condensed into one or two trips to the Dreamosphere. There were also some details that
were irrelevant to the plot and I wasn’t sure why they were included.
The second half of the book picked up and moved along nicely. The bad guy was appropriately
scary and I liked learning his motives and his rationalizations for what he was doing. Gwen was an interesting character that had some deeper issues
going on than just her dreams. She developed and matured over the course
of the book as well as made some new friends and improved her outlook on life. She also learned to let go of her pain and accept the past
for what it was. The ending left the possibility for more books, but it can definitely be read on its own. This is a good book for young
kids that want an unusual and different adventure.
Content: A small bit of non-descriptive violence.
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.