Monday, May 25, 2015

Dare to Dream by Carys Jones

Dare to Dream
by Carys Jones

My rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: February 15, 2015
Publisher: REUTS Publications, LLC
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Fantasy
Print Length: 358 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 “The world was going to end. Of that, Maggie Trafford was certain.”

Fourteen-year-old Maggie Trafford leads a normal life. Well, as normal as being crammed in a three-bedroom house with four siblings and a single parent can be, anyway. But despite being somewhat ignored at home, Maggie excels, earning top grades, a best friend who would do anything for her, and stolen looks from a boy in Maths.

It’s not until the dreams start that Maggie realizes “normal” is the least of her problems. Every night, she lives the same nightmare—red lightning, shattered glass, destruction. But nightmares are just that, right? No one believes her when she says it’s an omen. At least, not until the already mysterious pillars of Stonehenge start falling.

No longer alone in her fear, Maggie and the world watch with bated breath as one after another, the historic stones tumble, like a clock counting down. But only Maggie knows what it means: when the last stone falls, destruction will reign. And when the world ends, there’s only one option left—survive.

Horrifying and raw, Dare to Dream is equal parts tragedy and hope, detailing the aftermath of apocalyptic catastrophe, the quest for survival, and the importance of belief.

 Dare to Dream by Carys Jones

Dare to DreamIs Maggie losing her mind at the tender age of fourteen? Night after night she is surrounded by horrific nightmares that seem to be foretelling the end of the world, Armageddon is at hand. Strange events unfolding seem to give her the insight to put two and two together and come up with four, but no one believes her of course, I mean, really, how many of us would drop everything because of a dream, especially from a young, hormonal ten? The world will be wiped out, but Maggie has a chance to save herself because her dreams have told her where to hide. As the terror begins, and the world is being brought down, brick by brick by monsters from the skies, she and two friends begin the trek through the smoke and ash to safety. What they discover both on the way to and within the cave is almost as shocking as what they have lost.

Perfect for younger teens who will enjoy the action and the fear factor of the unknown, this multi-POV tale keeps the tension high and the unknown completely hidden, just like a nightmare, but the unveiling of the truth may seem even more bizarre and unbelievable. Dare to Dream by Carys Jones is a trip through chaos and loss with no ending in sight. Are these three kids the last survivors of the world or are there more? Why weren’t they killed?

Carys Jones has gotten inside the head and heart of a fourteen year old whose brain is firing on all synapses without getting too bogged down in the details that older readers require. Through youthful eyes, this tales leaves just enough for the reader to make their own assumptions, which I think made this tale just a little bit better, more realistic and identifiable for younger teens.

I received this copy from Carys Jones.

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