Dreamland is a young adult horror story.
Twelve-year-old Louie has been having dreams which continue over several nights. He visits a place called Dreamland where he meets a man he believes is his father, John. In real life Louie’s dad passed away when he was a baby, so meeting him now and being able to talk to him makes Louie feel wonderful.
As Louie continues to visit Dreamland, he finds he wakes exhausted instead of refreshed from sleep. He visits the house his parents once lived in, which is now derelict, and there are rumours among his friends that it is haunted, but Louie always feels safe there. The story continues and takes a sinister turn as it reaches the denouement.
I was a little hesitant to read this book as using dreams in fiction hasn’t really worked for me in the past; I’m always waiting for the characters to wake up so we can get on with the actual story. However, this tale kept the dream element focused on the dialogue rather than the abstract environment, and the dream sequences moved the plot along at a reasonable pace. Louie is at times portrayed as mature; occasionally I found his thoughts and actions not quite believable for someone so young, as if the author was using his own ‘voice’ rather than that of the character.
Overall a mild horror for younger readers which hopefully will allow them to fall happily asleep at night.
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