Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Anatomy of Dreams by Chloe Benjamin

Many thanks to Atria Books and Net Galley for the advanced reader's copy of this novel.

Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):
"Human beings are more productive than ever before, but they're also unhappier. They feel oppressed by the limits of their lives: the boredom, the repetition, the fatigue. What if you could use your sleep to do more—to receive all of the traditional regenerative benefits while problem-solving, healing, even experiencing alternate worlds?

Wouldn't you be capable of extraordinary things?"

So asks Dr. Adrian Keller, a charismatic medical researcher who has staked his career on the therapeutic potential of lucid dreaming. Keller is headmaster of a BOARDING SCHOOL in Northern California where Sylvie Patterson, a student, falls in love with a spirited classmate named Gabe. Over the next six years, Gabe and Sylvie become increasingly involved in Keller's work, following him from the redwood forests of Eureka, CA to the coast of New England.

But when Keller receives a commission from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sylvie and Gabe stumble into a tangled, dangerous relationship with their intriguing neighbors, and Sylvie begins to doubt the ethics of Keller's research. As she navigates the hazy, permeable boundaries between what is real and what isn't, who can be trusted and who cannot, Sylvie also faces surprising developments in herself: an unexpected infatuation, growing paranoia and a new sense of rebellion.

Both a coming-of-age story and an exploration of the subconscious mind, THE ANATOMY OF DREAMS explores the murky landscape of the human psyche and the fine line that defines our moral boundaries.

This insomniac's opinion: 

I requested this novel because I loved the concept and am rather fascinated with the idea of lucid dreaming. Unfortunately, it wasn't well executed. 

The novel was slow moving, even to the point of being tedious at times. I hung on and kept reading simply because I was hoping for a big finish. The entire novel seemed to be setting up for a big twist at the end and I LOVE a big twist. However, the big twist was, well-little. And, also-not really a twist as I had a good idea of what was going to happen. 

Worth staying up all night to read?

No. Kudos to the author on a great concept, but it didn't pan out for me. 

Rating: 2 stars

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