First Line Fridays: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker #firstlinefridays #thenavireview #bookreview #thedreamers #karenthompsonwalker @randomhouse

Happy Friday everyone! Yesterday, I started reading The Dreamers which I’ll be reviewing for Padmore Culture – the online lit site I often contribute to. (Check it out! 🙂 Already I’m drawn in and intrigued by this book! AND, that’s a great thing, because this may be one of the last books I get to read this month. As many of you know, MY OWN BOOK, The Other Americans, releases this month on January 22nd, so I’m up to my neck in alllll of the best kinds of busy preparing for that! Starting next week, this blog will start “THE OTHER AMERICANS THURSDAYS” where you can go to learn all about the book, have access to the link to preorder and buy and see all of the interviews and videos I post of behind the scenes preparations and the book release party! Taking a line from an episode of Entourage, “Does that sound like something you may be interested in?” 🙂 Let me know below!

Now, let’s see how this book begins, shall we!


At first, they blame the air.

It’s an old idea, a poison in the ether, a danger carried in by the wind. A strange haze is seen drifting through town on that first night, the night the trouble begins. It arrives like weather, or like smoke, some say later, but no one can locate any fire. Some blame the drought, which has been bleeding away the lake for years, and browning the air with dust.

Definitely an intriguing start! Walker’s writing comes off as matter of fact and lacking any superfluous frills, which can be a great thing (especially when my last read The Paragon Hotel to be reviewed later this week, was frilly almost to the point of excess)! lol

What do you think? Does this sound like a book you’d like to read? Are you up for a little of this:

Book Blurb

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Random House

A mesmerizing novel about a college town transformed by a strange illness that locks victims in a perpetual sleep and triggers life-altering dreams—by the bestselling author of The Age of Miracles, for fans of Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Elevenand Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.

In an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a freshman girl stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics who carry her away, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. Then a second girl falls asleep, and then another, and panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. As the number of cases multiplies, classes are canceled, and stores begin to run out of supplies. A quarantine is established. The National Guard is summoned.

Mei, an outsider in the cliquish hierarchy of dorm life, finds herself thrust together with an eccentric, idealistic classmate. Two visiting professors try to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. A father succumbs to the illness, leaving his daughters to fend for themselves. And at the hospital, a new life grows within a college girl, unbeknownst to her—even as she sleeps. A psychiatrist, summoned from Los Angeles, attempts to make sense of the illness as it spreads through the town. Those infected are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, more than has ever been recorded. They are dreaming heightened dreams—but of what?

Written in gorgeous prose, The Dreamers is a breathtaking novel that startles and provokes, about the possibilities contained within a human life—in our waking days and, perhaps even more, in our dreams.



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