Friday, February 19, 2016

#TheRuleOfMirrors Blog Tour: Kayla's Review of The Vault of Dreamers by @CaraghMOBrien

Thank you so much for visiting by Bibliophilia, Please for my stop of the Rule of Mirrors blog tour - which is out now! Today, I'll be featuring the first book in the trilogy, The Vault of Dreamers with a review!

Title: The Vault of Dreamers (The Vault of Dreamers #1)
Caragh M. O'Brien
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan)
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Acquired Via:
Personal Collection

The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the ridges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

From Caragh M. O'Brien, author of the
Birthmarked trilogy comes the first book in a new series, The Vault of Dreamers, a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

My Review

If you are ever looking for a book that is perfect for audio, it is The Vault of Dreamers. It's twisty-turny, with a little bit of smoochy-angsty, and perfect for keeping me listening, even when I wasn't in my car. I can only imagine that it would be the same for a reading experience.

The Vault of Dreamers explores our society's fascination for reality television while focusing on Rosie Sinclair, the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. The Forge School is her one shot out of poverty, so she does whatever it takes to go against the odds and get through the cuts, even though she doesn't see it happening. Of course, there are consequences to her actions that affect Rosie and her classmates throughout the novel.

Since America's youth (and the older population) are always online, it only makes sense that in the future there would be a school that had cameras on the students. In addition to it being a performing arts school, it is a reality show that has been watched by the masses for years. It was so realistic that I did not realize that the story was set in the future until well into the book. Something like this could go on air tomorrow, and I won't lie - I would probably watch it. This backdrop also makes for great intrigue as the show is only live while the students are awake, and Rosie starts to wonder what is going on behind the scenes.

There is a bit of a romance in The Vault of Dreamers, but I wasn't entirely on board for it at first. I kept expecting a love triangle, but once I opened myself up to it, I liked reading the interactions between Rosie and Linus. Again, there are consequences all around for the characters, and I'll leave it at that.

The Vault of Dreamers is a unique, light sci-fi young adult novel that you should pick up if you're looking for a thriller. It's concept is one that I haven't read before, and you'll be aching to get your hands on The Rule of Mirrors.

4/5 Stars

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WARNING - Spoilers for Book 1!

Title: The Rule of Mirrors (The Vault of Dreamers #2)
Caragh M. O'Brien
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan)
Release Date: February 16, 2016

The fast-paced, psychologically thrilling sequel to The Vault of Dreamers follows Rosie after her consciousness has been split in two.

The entire country was watching when Rosie Sinclair was expelled from Forge, the prestigious arts school that doubles as a reality TV show. But few know how Dean Berg was mining students' dreams in laboratories deep below the school. And no one, least of all the Dean himself, knows that when Rosie's dreams were seeded into the mind of another patient, Rosie's consciousness woke up in that body--a girl far from Forge, a girl with a completely different life from Rosie, a girl who is pregnant.

Told from alternating points of view between Rosie as she makes sense of her new identity and the shattered subconscious that still exists in her old body, The Rule of Mirrors will keep readers on the edge of their seats and leave them hungry for more.

About the Author

Since earning a master’s in writing at Johns Hopkins University, Caragh O'Brien has been a high school teacher, a published author of romance novels, and now a novelist for teens. Her first young adult novel, Birthmarked, was a Junior Library Guild selection and an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, and was nominated for the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list as well as the 2010 Amelia Bloomer list.

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