Reality blurs into nightmare when a dream-walking girl breaks all the rules to help the boy she loves.
Dea and her mother never stay in one place for very long. The sleepy town of Fielding, Indiana, they live in now doesn’t offer anything noteworthy other than their own existence within it. Dea and her mother can walk through other people’s dreams. In fact, not walking for long periods of time can cause their health to decline radically. Her mother has only three rules: never intervene in another person’s dream, never walk the same person’s dream more than once, and never, ever be seen. If she disobeys, her mother warns, monsters will find her. Dea plays along until the arrival of an attractive new neighbor, Connor; and she becomes obsessed with walking his dreams as often as she can. But Connor harbors his own monsters he’s been hiding from, monsters Dea quickly realizes are now her problem as well. Their relationship builds at a steady but slow clip. The story soars only when tensions rise and Dea must exit reality to walk deeper into the unknown, dark realm of dreams. The sights and secrets she finds there are breathtaking to behold and more inspiring than the romance. Readers will wish she’d dived down the rabbit hole sooner.
Anderson creates a spellbinding landscape but then leaves it achingly underexplored. (Fantasy. 14 & up)