Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet [NOOK Book]

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The dreamhunting began as a beautiful thing, when Tziga Hame discovered that he could enter the Place and share the dreams he found there with other people. But Tziga Hame has disappeared and Laura, his daughter, knows that the art of projecting dreams has turned sour. On St. Lazarus's Eve, when elite citizens gather at the Rainbow Opera to experience the sweet dream of Homecoming, Laura, determined to show them the truth, plunges them into the nightmare used to control the convict workers. The event marks the ...

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Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet

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Overview

The dreamhunting began as a beautiful thing, when Tziga Hame discovered that he could enter the Place and share the dreams he found there with other people. But Tziga Hame has disappeared and Laura, his daughter, knows that the art of projecting dreams has turned sour. On St. Lazarus's Eve, when elite citizens gather at the Rainbow Opera to experience the sweet dream of Homecoming, Laura, determined to show them the truth, plunges them into the nightmare used to control the convict workers. The event marks the first blow in the battle for control of the Place, the source of dreams. Then, when Laura's cousin, Rose, uncovers evidence that the government has been building a secret rail line deep into the Place, Laura follows it to find out what lies at its end. As she struggles to counter the government's sinister plans, a deeper mystery surfaces, a puzzle only Laura can unravel, a puzzle having to do with the very nature of the Place. What is the Place, after all? And what does it want from her?

Inventive and richly imagined, Elizabeth Knox's dramatic conclusion will satisfy readers - whether or not they've read Book One.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374706838
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 4/7/2007
  • Series: Dreamhunter Duet Series , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 759,180
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


ELIZABETH KNOX is the author of several books for adults, including The Vintner's Luck. Dreamhunter was her first novel for younger readers. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
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From Dreamquake
The stand of trees Laura had picked as a landmark was getting closer, but only very slowly. She sighed and picked up her pace. She was hungry, but that was no excuse for dragging her feet and daydreaming.

A while later, when she'd raised a sweat and her mind was just idling, the thought that had been trailing her for days - possibly since Rose first told her about the "surplus rails" - finally caught up with her. She remembered that the Grand Patriarch had asked her about the "Depot."

Laura raised her head and squinted up the line. The "Depot" wasn't the name of a dream - it was a destination, where something was stored.

What else had the Grand Patriarch said? There was something else, a name from a rumor, because hadn't the Grand Patriarch said that most of his intelligence came from rumors?

Contentment.

Laura stopped walking when the word came into her head. She stood still, shivering and short of breath. The world darkened around her as her pupils contracted. Dread had crept up and pounced on her. And, now that she was still, she understood that her footsteps had masked a vibration.

A steely rolling was coming from the line behind her.

Laura spun to face back along the line. She saw the handcar bearing down upon her, fast. Riding on it were six rangers.

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

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    stunning

    There is a lot I want to say about this book, but first I have to say a bit about how the duet actually works. Some readers feel strongly, and fairly, that the Duet cannot be read in isolation (that is the two books cannot stand alone). Other readers, also fairly, feel that the books can and do work well as individual pieces of prose. I actually agree with both viewpoints.

    Just a bit about the basic plot of Dreamhunter: I'm not all that familiar with New Zealand but a review from the New Zealand Listener tells me that Knox's novels are set in "something like the New Zealand of a century ago, but with a twist, in that social life revolves around a traffic in dreams." The rare people who can catch dreams (dreamhunters) perform them for the social elite at dream palaces like the Rainbow Opera. Dreams are also often used for the public good in hospitals around Southland.

    Some dreamhunters also capture nightmares which readers learn in Dreamhunter are used for the public good, but in a much more sinister way. Laura, our protagonist, discovers this fact when she begins investigating the disappearance of her father, one of the greatest dreamhunters Southland has ever seen. Outraged by what she has seen, Laura sets out to inform the public of the governments use of nightmares. Dreamhunter ends with the disastrous results of this attempt.

    It is therefore no surprise that Dreamquake opens with the chaos following the execution of Laura's plan as Southland and Laura's family are thrown into a state of disarray. Adrift with only her creation Nown and a nightmare, Laura has to find a way to earn back her family's trust while negotiating an entanglement with a fellow young dreamhunter. All this while continuing to investigate the corruption of the sinister Dream Regulatory Body created to control the Place and its invaluable resources.

    Dreamquake is every bit as good as Dreamhunter while also being even better because it expands on characters who don't get as much time to shine in the first novel. Sandy and Rose (and to some extent Nown) are back and much more engaged in the central plot than they were in Dreamhunter to great effect.

    Knox's prose is unique in that it is well-paced while also being high action. Knox takes her time to explain terms like "Soporif" and "Novelists" but never to the detriment of the story. The action here is so intense and gripping that, at several points in the novel, I found myself skimming ahead just to make sure that everything would turn out all right in the end.

    The Dreamhunter Duet is a rare thing in contemporary literature. Both books are rich enough that, were the main characters not teenagers, no one would question its place as an adult book-but I've made that argument about other books on this site. More to the point, Knox is an amazing writer. Dreamhunter and Dreamquake are populated by a wide variety of characters, each unique and fully realized on the page.

    Instead of creating a world and characters and even this story, it feels instead like Knox is introducing readers to old friends, reciting a familiar tale-everything within these novels seems so real, the details are so concrete, that it feels like folly to consider it fantastic or even fiction. And that is why Dreamquake (and Dreamhunter) will surely take their rightful places among the canon of great fantasy novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Loved it

    This book, and its companion, DreamHunter, impressesd me so thoroughly that, after reading them at the library 3 times, I went and bought them. Fantasy books are some times too far fetched to be taken litererally, but not this book! It had just enpugh a dose of reality in it to keep me interested and was still sonout of the norm that I found mysrlf entranced by this new forgin world. Amazing writing in both books. Well done! I must say it was a bit slow to start, but if you keep with it you won't be dissapointed. :) sory for the spelling errors, the screen is messd up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2008

    Imagine a world where Dreams are experienced by all good and bad

    A variety of striking physical landscapes, a vividly evoked Edwardian society, and the startlingly original concept of dreamhunting draw the reader into a world like our own but different. Laura is fighting against society and the powers that be and trying to create a better future for herself and her world

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2008

    Fascinating

    Fantasy isn¿t my favorite genre. Few authors master it in ways that make it interesting to book snobs. Notable exceptions would be Marion Bradley Zimmer¿s Mists of Avalon or the inimitable J. K. Rowling with Harry Potter. This book isn¿t on par with either of these luminaries, but it is a passably good effort. Blending historical fiction with fantasy, this story is about a group of individuals (Dream Hunters) who are able to capture and share dreams. When a nightmare is shared at one of the of dream performances, an investigation ensues. Laura Hame, sixteen year old protagonist, is surrounded by a cast of interesting characters, mainly family. As Laura begins to discover the insidious plot to take over her country through the use of Contentment, a dream that keeps people insensibly happy, she also uncovers the abuses of convicts whose labor is being used to develop the infrastructure of the country. The villain is a government official who also happens to be friends with Laura¿s family. The characters (including a sandman¿apros pos for a story about sleeping) and setting are developed sufficiently to please fantasy lovers. The dust jacket declares this story is the second of a duet, but the ending is ambiguous enough that, if the book is popular, the author can easily add sequels or prequels. Ms. Knox¿s first book received a great deal of acclaim (if the reviews on the dust jacket are to be believed) for her first book in this series, and while this book does not deserve scorn, its plot is predictably ¿and they lived happily ever after.¿ It¿s low level of profanity and sexual content make it conservatively appropriate and a good enough read. To her credit, Ms. Knox provides us with a sequel that can stand on its own or be enjoyed as a set with its predecessor, Dreamhunter.

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

    One of My Favorites!

    It all comes together in this beautifully-created fantasy world. I was captivated to the last page!

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

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    Dreamquake

    I read the first book in the Dreamhunter duet as part of the Most Underappreciated Book Contest earlier this year. It intrigued me enough that I went out and got the second. However, about half way through I almost put the book down. The characters seemed to be stuck in a loop trying to figure the same things out over and over again.

    Things were just taking too long for me, but I stuck through it and the second half of the book made up it. The characters started to develop again and the plot become involved and was progressing once again.

    Laura Hame is once again center stage of the story, and she has finally started to put things together about the mysterious Place. The pieces eventually fell together quite nicely and the story ended well.

    3/5

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  • Posted October 28, 2009

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    Still disappointing...

    I was really disappointed with Dreamhunter...but I kept reading it and decided to buy Dreamquake thinking it would be better...I got halfway through and couldn't finish. I thought they were going to be good reads! I was wrong...

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