Orloff mixes suspense, romance and Greek mythology to tell the tale of a 16-year-old girl who learns that her dreams might kill her.
When Iris falls asleep, she always has the same dream: She walks down an endless hallway with doors stretching to infinity in both directions, searching for a boy she knows is there somewhere. It turns out that these dreams are real and that Iris has a strong connection to several of the Greek gods, who also turn out to be real. She finally meets Sebastian, who she’s sure is her soul mate, in her dream, but he’s trapped there unless he’s willing to risk his life to cross into the mortal world. However, a war is breaking out among the gods, and Iris finds herself caught in the middle of the action. Epiales, the god of nightmares, takes the fight directly into the mortal world, trashing Iris’ house and threatening her entire family. Among the gods on Iris’ side is Aphrodite, marvelously drawn as an overweight diva with zest for life and lust for the local Greek pastry baker, who sashays into Iris’ house to protect her. Orloff heads each chapter with a quotation related to dreams from writers as diverse as Shakespeare and Ruth Rendell. These reinforce the thematic emphasis on the importance of dreams and dreaming, neatly executed without sacrificing excitement or humor.
Solid. (Paranormal thriller. 12 & up)