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Have you ever had that dream where you were flying? What if you could actually experience it? What if you were the master of your dreams, so things weren’t just happening to you, but you were making them happen? Archer Keaton has that power. But for him, it’s more than just a way to have fun.

Archer is a dreamtreader. He is specially chosen to work in the world of dreams, keeping the Nightmare Lord from terrorizing humanity. When Archer goes to sleep at night, he awakes in dream world, and works to stop the evil forces that lurk about there. Archer isn’t supposed to be going at the mission alone, but his fellow dreamtreaders have mysteriously disappeared. And even worse, there have been strange sightings in the Dream, and rumors are spreading of a stranger who has been trespassing, making Archer’s work even more difficult.

I will admit that I (a college-aged female) am not the intended audience for this book. So, it was with a little skepticism that I began reading. However, I found the story to be pretty engaging once I got going, and I have to say that it was an enjoyable read. The action is fast-paced, and the idea of the book is so unique that you have to excuse the occasional corny dialogue. Lucid dreaming? Come on… it’s awesome.

One thing I really appreciated about Batson’s story was how it echoed the truths of Christianity without beating you over the head with them. It isn’t an explicitly Christian story, but Batson shows us reflections of the gospel in Archer’s battles of good and evil. My favorite line: “Dream is the twilight world intended to remind those dwelling in the temporal that there is a far better land… in the plane of the Ethereal.” This is exactly the kind of thing we love here at ItB. Truth in a novel is like treasure hidden in a field.

I may not recommend this book for my other college age girlfriends, but I think there is something special in this book that will captivate young readers (specifically dudes. 😉 ). Archer’s character is real, and relatable, and his adventure was fun to experience. Now if you’ll excuse me… I need to start Book Two.

Alisha

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Published on 22 January, 2016. Last updated on

4 Comments

  1. Katrina

    Thanks for the review – sounds like a good one for my middle school son (and maybe my high school age ones, too)

  2. quasipoet

    I’ll be reviewing the other books in the series here in the near future. 🙂 I’d say it’s definitely a good book for a middle schooler! We’d be interested to hear what he thinks of it.

  3. BushMaid

    Great review, Alisha! This looks like something I might like. Dreamscapes fascinate me. 😀

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