KLIATT - Michele Winship
The second book of the Dreamhunter Duet begins on St. Lazarus Eve in 1906 as a crowd of over 1,000 has come to the Rainbow Opera to share the beautiful dream Homecoming performed by the famous dreamhunter Grace Tiebold. However, as the crowd drifts off, they find themselves not in the peaceful setting of Homecoming, but buried alive and trying to claw their way out of a coffin. Laura Hame has overdreamed her talented aunt in an effort to sound the alarm about how the government Body is using nightmares to torture inmates. However, a more sinister plan is underwaydreamhunters are disappearing, a railway and depot have been built far within the Place, and cryptic messages hint at a violent uprising. Laura realizes that not only must she get to the bottom of the Body's plan, but she must discover the true essence of the Place, what it really is and what purpose it serves. This is Laura's coming-of-age story, not only as a dreamhunter, but also as a young woman. She struggles with the first stirrings of romantic love, attempting to piece together two suitors from two different worlds. Knox's skill at imagining parallel planes of existence is evident throughout both volumes, but it's not until the end of the story that readers really experience the complexity of her construction, which will bring them to question their own interpretations of here and now.
VOYA - Laura Woodruff
Sequel to Dreamhunter (Frances Foster Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, 2006/VOYA February 2006), this book continues the adventures of cousins Laura and Rose and their families in early-twentieth-century Southland, a community that harbors "The Place," an invisible source of dreams. Laura, misguidedly following directions that she believes were left by her deceased father, sleeps later than her aunt Grace and delivers a "buried alive" nightmare to customers at the Rainbow Opera. Her perplexed relatives hide Laura, but their efforts at protection, as well as conspirators' attempts at capture, are consistently thwarted by Laura's use of golem Nown, a sand creature that she created in the first book. Amid many twists and turns, Laura and her family battle an Orwellian plot to manipulate Southland's citizens using dream control, a scheme contrived by influential Secretary of Interior Cas Doran, Rose's best friend's father. Along the way, Rose and Laura attend a debutante "coming-out" party ended by a violent fire that nearly kills Rose and turns Nown from sand to glass; Laura falls in love and becomes pregnant by fellow dreamhunter Sandy; and the mystery of "The Place" is solved through the resurrection of ancestor Lazarus Hame. Despite a slow start, this sequel, enhanced by action and romance, is more compelling than the first book. Still laden with Knox's impassioned detail, it will certainly attract young fans of Dreamhunter, as well other readers of the select fantasy group.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Foucart
In the second book of the "Dreamhunter Duet" Laura Hame is carrying a nightmare. Believing she is acting on her father's last wishes, she over-dreams her Aunt Grace at the Rainbow Opera, a dream palace where people can share in the dreams caught by Grace Tiebold, and shares the nightmare Buried Alive, throwing some of the most important people in Founderston into terror. Laura believed it was her father's wish to let the world see the dreams used to keep prison laborers in line. But when she learns her father is actually alive, she and her family, with the help of her sandman servant Nown and beau Sandy, begin to plan how to bring about changes in the ways in which dreams are used. But when Laura makes a stunning discovery about the true nature of The Place where dreams are caught, she also makes a discovery about herself and her future that shakes her to her core. While a beautifully written and moving work, Dreamquake does not necessarily stand well on its own and should be read following a reading of Dreamhunter. This will allow readers to fully enter the creative and memorable world that Knox has created for her characters and to appreciate the people they become throughout the course of this book.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up
This title begins where Dreamhunter (Farrar, 2006) left off, and is written in the same detailed, eloquent prose. Dreamhunter Laura Hame has just inflicted the sleeping patrons at the Rainbow Opera dream palace with a nightmare that blows a government conspiracy wide open. Now everyone knows about the sickening, horrific dreams used by Cas Doran and his Regulatory Body to control prison convicts. But mysteries remain about the origins of The Place, the invisible geographic area a rare dreamhunter is able to enter for the purpose of acquiring dreams, and Doran's secret railroad being built there. As Laura and her family attempt to uncover secrets and bring Doran to justice, they deal with internal divisions about the right course of action to take. Passions run deep between these complicated characters, and Knox beautifully portrays a family dynamic infused with genuine affection. Laura's tender relationship with her Sandman, a creature she created, is further developed and becomes an integral piece in the puzzle of The Place. The reality that is ultimately revealed catches readers by surprise yet manages to tie all loose ends together in an emotionally satisfying way. Richly layered and thoroughly enthralling, Knox's literary duet is a unique blend of fantasy and history that stands out as a stunning achievement in recent young adult literature.
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From the Publisher
“It is like nothing else I've ever read. The characters are so real, you'll feel like you know exactly what they look like and how their voices sound and what they would say or do in any given situation. More than that, you'll want to hang out with them. Then the world is so amazing and unique. You will want to go there. You will want to walk into ‘the Place.' And you will want to sleep in a dream opera.” Stephenie Meyer, The Twilight Saga
“Will be considered among youth fantasy's most significant recent works. Knox's haunting, invigorating storytelling will leave readers eager to return to its puzzles--and to reap its rewards.” Booklist, Starred Review
“Unexpected plot turns and a rewarding and engaging read.” The Chicago Tribune
“Thoroughly impressive--for its sure, literary prose, nuanced characters, and fully realized Edwardian setting, but even more so for its original, surprising imagery and plot. An involving--and challenging--read, Knox's fantasy is outstanding in its ability to make us think both poetically and analytically about human nature.” The Horn Book
“Legendary allusions add depth and light.” Kirkus Reviews
“Compelling.” Voice of Youth Advocates
“Richly layered and thoroughly enthralling, Knox's literary duet is a unique blend of fantasy and history that stands out as a stunning achievement in recent young adult literature.” School Library Journal
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Dreamquake Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet
By Knox, Elizabeth
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Copyright © 2007 Knox, Elizabeth
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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?
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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