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Finn Driscoll is counting down the days until she can leave for college. With her beloved brother, Noah, in a coma and her high school social life sinking every day, she’s ready for a fresh start.
Until the night she sees Noah in a dream. He begs for her help. At first, she shakes it off as just a nightmare. Then it happens again. And again. Frightened, Finn confides in her grandmother, only to learn the shocking truth about her family. They’re Dreamwalkers–heroes who step into the River of Dreams and fight the monsters in other people’s nightmares, freeing them to face the problems in their real lives.
Awake or asleep, Finn has never thought of herself as any kind of hero, and walking through other people’s dreams seems much worse than just hiding at school. But as hard as facing this challenge might be, Finn knows she has no choice: she will do anything she can to save her brother.
“Nash employs expert pacing in her sensitive novel, building up the concept of Dreamwalkers and then sweeping readers into a world of shifting dreams, from scary to sexy. Fantasy and reality are well balanced… Teens into dream interpretation and mind-bending reality shifts will appreciate this one.” – The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, R –This text refers to the hardcover edition.
The description for River of Dreams drew me in from the first sentence. It was something I identified with and felt a connection to: the ability to travel through and manipulate dreams. Finn’s brother Noah has been in a coma for a while. He went into one unexpectedly and never came out of it, even after multiple tests and procedures. After bringing him back home, Finn tries to go through life like normal, even if no one seems to treat her the same anymore. The only constant in her life is her Nana and her best friend Jed. When her brother’s instructor Rafe comes by the house, she realizes he isn’t just there to check on Noah. He tells her that her brother is a dreamwalker, someone who can walk through dreams and rescue people form their very real nightmares. He also says there’s a big chance Finn might be one too, especially after he dreams have gotten a bit weird lately. She’s been seeing both Noah and her dad after all. A few more weird dreams later, and some training from Rafe, she finally sees the River of Dreams and realizes there’s more to the dream world than she originally expected. And something evil might have taken Noah, causing his coma.
I can’t say what it is exactly about this novel that lost me, but there was something about it that prevented me from loving it as deeply as I wanted to. It may have been the third person, which threw me off at times. Or it may have been the way some events and important issues were skipped over. It could have even been the characters, who I didn’t feel as much for as I should have. I gave my all into this novel so that I could love it as deeply as I wanted to, since I identified with it so much, but something made me feel…lost. It’s definitely a unique read. It’s very much the Shark Boy and Lava Girl for the generation that has grown up since then, but infinitely better. Finn’s a passionate person and puts her all into everything she does. I just needed a little more from her and the novel. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy it! It’s the reason it’s getting a four star and not lower, but it needs a little refinement and character development for me to love it more.
Review Of River of Dreams by Jan Nash PDF
River of Dreams follows Finn several months after her brother goes into a coma. She soon finds out that he, and she are both “dream walkers” and are supposed to go into people’s nightmares and help fight for them.
I really enjoyed this book and thought it was an interesting concept. I especially enjoyed how it kind of explains why sometimes people you know can randomly appear in your dreams. I thought Finn and her best friend Jed were really cute and I also really enjoyed Finn’s relationship with her Nana.
While there wasn’t anything wrong with this book, I just wanted a whole lot more from the book. The book had a real chance at tackling some hard topics and it ultimately decided not to. I personally, think that it would have been more emotional and the ending more satisfying, if the main character’s brother, Noah, had gone into a coma right in the beginning. If we had a couple of pages to learn who Noah really was in the beginning, and then for him to go into a coma and to be able to see Finn’s real time reaction to losing her brother and dealing with the pain and struggle that comes with waking up every day not sure if he’ll wake up. I think that would have added a lot to both how the reader felt about Finn and Noah. Also, there’s a scene later on where a character is dealing with abuse, and even though that was not necessary to the plot, I think delving into that a little deeper would have been a nice touch to the book, especially for other readers who have had to go through something similar.
Overall, I had a good time reading this one, but just wanted *a little* more from it.
Review Of River of Dreams by Jan Nash PDF
Things I enjoyed:
I absolutely adored Jed! Maybe it’s just my overwhelming love for The West Wing and therefore an association with that name, but he was a great best friend/boyfriend/sidekick and a very entertaining supporting character.
I’m usually wary of any book set in a modern day public high school, but this one didn’t annoy me. There were even several lines that I found really relatable. With that being said, I often thought the high school drama was emphasized rather than the tension-driven aspects of the story.
Things I didn’t enjoy so much:
I wish it would have leaned more into the dark-fantasy aspect of the story, because that has the potential to be a great series based quality to continue this story.
Another this that pulled me away was that the protagonist didn’t seem to lead it. I won’t go so far to say that Finn has no personality, but she didn’t seem to really react to anything, and her motivation didn’t seem to motivate her. Unlike other characters I love, she was confined to the pages of this book. Also, I was just completely lost with the timeline, but that wasn’t a huge bother – just a nod to how “dream-like” the substance of the story truly is.
Final thoughts: I think I may be a little too far out of the target age group for this one, so I’m going to pass it off to my little sister and hope she gets a little more out of it than I did! Still an enjoyable debut with an interesting premise (and a gorgeous cover 😍)
About the Author
Jan Nash is a television writer and producer known for her work on Black Lightning, Ellen, NCIS: New Orleans, and Rizzoli & Isles. Originally from Wheaton, Illinois, Jan now lives in Los Angeles, California, with her children and dogs. Hummingbirds are her favorite bird and River of Dreams is her debut novel. –
The book certainly brought all the feels, and elements of all characters. Throughout the novel, the story is smooth and generally moves along well. At the end of the day if you are looking for something that you have read similar to this before and don’t mind another, then this will satisfy you. If you are looking for something more than just an average read, that you will want to engage with, then this is also something you will enjoy.
Details About River of Dreams by Jan Nash PDF
- Name: River of Dreams
- Author: Jan Nash
- ISBN: 978-1250248848
- Language: English
- Genre: Teen & Young Adult Siblings Fiction, Teen & Young Adult Survival Stories, Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
- Format: PDF/ePub
- Size: 1 MB
- Page: 272
- Price: Free
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