3.75 out of 5
Dare To Dream was by far one of the most interesting takes on dystopia that I’ve read in a while. The reason I say this is because most dystopia novels kind of just dump you into the middle of the apocalypse and give you some half ass reason on why the world is the way it is. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stopped dead in my tracks wondering just what in the hell happened. Dare To Dream was unique in the sense that it starts before the apocalypse and ends at the beginning.
Maggie Trafford is a 14 year old girl growing up in England. She is one of just 5 children born to a sometimes alcoholic mother and whose father had abandoned then when Maggie was 5. To say that Maggie hasn’t had a remarkable childhood is an understatement. Because Maggie was always the quiet, shy, introvert she was essentially ignored by her mother.
Maggie starts having these dreams of red fire raining from the sky, engulfing everything in sight. The dreams are so vivid that she can’t concentrate, she starts to fall behind in class and has convinced herself that she’s crazy…until Stonehenge starts to fall. Now it’s up to Maggie to convince the ones she loves that she’s not crazy and that the world is going to end!
The concept for this book was fantastic. I loved the fact that I got to go on this journey with Maggie, to see first hand how the world was going to end. Just the simple little things that made me fall in love with this book, especially the ending. Being able to not know exactly what was going to happen, or by whom made me want to continue with Maggie’s story.
I only disliked one thing, and it’s the reason I feel like I can’t give it the full 4 out of 5. I’m not a huge fan of multiple POV. Multiple POV where it is clearly marked in the book or where the style of writing is changed just a little where I can differentiate the people doesn’t bother me. It’s the unmarked changes that drive me crazy. There were a few times that I had to re-read pages because it took me some time to figure out if it was the mother talking, or Dawn, or Maggie. Th only one I didn’t have a problem reading was Andy and that was because the tone of the book changed.
Thank you Carys Jones for this ARC, I am looking forward to the next installment. I have a feeling that Maggie’s story is only just beginning.
***Also, Carys…you have the patience of a saint!