Dreams of the Dead (The Waking Series)

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When Kara Foster starts her new school in Japan, she has no idea she's about to confront an ancient evil. But before long, Kara begins to have nightmares, and soon students turn up dead, viciously attacked by someone . . . or something.

As Kara makes friends, she learns that there are secrets haunting the student body. Is the spirit of a murdered girl seeking revenge? Or is the culprit more ancient and terrifying than an American outsider can understand? A spooky new edition ...

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Overview

When Kara Foster starts her new school in Japan, she has no idea she's about to confront an ancient evil. But before long, Kara begins to have nightmares, and soon students turn up dead, viciously attacked by someone . . . or something.

As Kara makes friends, she learns that there are secrets haunting the student body. Is the spirit of a murdered girl seeking revenge? Or is the culprit more ancient and terrifying than an American outsider can understand? A spooky new edition welcomes teen horror fans to the first book in this riveting series.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Christina Fairman
Sixteen-year-old Kara Foster never knew Akane Murakami personally—Kara arrived in Japan with her father only recently—but she does know that the girl was murdered. Kara also knows that the death initiated a series of incidents that are terrifying everyone at her Japanese high school. Victims have been found covered in bite marks and drained of all their blood. In addition, many students are suffering from blood-curdling nightmares that include the dead girl and a malevolent feline spirit. Some of the dead have been lured by seemingly ordinary occurrences, such as the smell of cherry blossoms or the sound of a cat. As the murders multiply, Kara learns of kyuusetsuki, demonic bloodsuckers in Japanese folklore that she thinks may be at the heart of the terror. To defeat the demon, she realizes, the emotions that fuel its hatred must be confronted along with the spirit itself. Readers familiar with Japanese legends will appreciate this well-structured tale of ancient spirits who exact revenge upon humans. The story taps into the folklore of aggrieved demons that has been a part of Japanese culture from Noh Theater to contemporary cinema and manga. The clear writing is appropriate for teens. Expletives are mild and infrequent. The only weakness is that the story is rather formulaic. Teens in literature have been battling evil spirits for years, usually behind the backs of clueless adults. Nevertheless, most teens likely will overlook such predictability to enjoy a brisk Japanese adventure. Reviewer: Christina Fairman
Kirkus Reviews
Newly transplanted to Japan, 16-year-old blond-haired, blue-eyed Kara Foster is a gaijin, or outsider. Excited to start a new life in an unfamiliar country, Kara is eager to assimilate into Japanese culture, although when she is bullied by a group of popular girls she quickly learns that her new school has the same clique issues as its American counterparts. When mysterious, supernaturally tinged deaths start to occur, it becomes very clear to Kara how different this school really is, however, and soon the young gaijin finds herself embroiled in terrifying circumstances of madness and murder. Drawing upon Japanese mythology and Noh plays, Randall (a pseudonym of Christopher Golden) delivers many elements typical to teen horror movies, including such tropes as sleep-deprived students plagued by horrible nightmares, teetering on the brink of madness. While a rather mediocre horror offering that tends to rely too heavily on plot to drive its action forward, it does incorporate many elements of contemporary Japanese culture and thus may appeal to those with an interest in it, especially manga fans. (Horror. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599905853
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Series: Waking Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Randall is the author of the popular children's fantasy series Adventures in Strangewood. He lives in New York and frequently vacations in places that only exist inside his own head.

www.thomasrandall.net

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

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    Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall

    When first hearing about this book, I was automatically intrigued by the setting. I haven't read, or even know of, many books that are set in Japan. Although I was a little worried (mainly because of the unique setting) and also excited, I was not disappointed. I really liked the way Japanese culture was mixed in too - made the story less boring, plus I learned some new things about Japan's history along the way.


    It was a little slow getting to learning about Kara's nightmares, but this is the first book in a trilogy, so there is going to be some extra background details. Once the horror and action started, it was very interesting and exciting. I really liked the Japanese legends that were incorporated. It can be quite refreshing for something new and different every now and again.


    Dreams of the Dead was a great read and a good start to a new series. I'm looking forward to reading the next books.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Amazing

    This book was scary. It had me freaking out when everything went down. This book is amazing and to be honest i had a couple nightmares of my own after staying up all day to finish reading this book. And after i did finish it i was freaking out like dy hurry up and make the second one... all in all amazing plot them and the characters where so relatable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    I love it!

    Good! I'm going to read it some day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2010

    Deams Can be Deadly, Thankfully Reading Books is Not

    I really loved this book! The suspense held onto you for pretty much the entire book! I really enjoyed Randall's descriptions of the scenery and also the culture - I really think he did very well on nailing that in his writing.

    The dynamics between all the characters were put together quite well. And I have to admit, I have been reading alot of books lately, and this one really latched on to me to the point I didn't want to put the book down. I haven't had that in a book for a while, so it was really refreshing.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense, mystery, culture, adventure, and a dash of romance. Enjoy! :)

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  • Posted December 4, 2009

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    Reviewed by Ashley B for TeensReadToo.com

    Kara Foster and her father just moved to Japan to follow their dreams after the death of Kara's mother. She is the American girl, an outsider. Then she meets Sakura, another outsider at the private school.

    Sakura is haunted by her sister's death that happened during the previous school year. Then, Kara starts having nightmares. Other students turn up dead. But who is killing them?

    The story went on pretty slow from the start. Being a supernatural book, I was confused about it until it really picked up the pace, which was actually not until the last few chapters. That being said, I wish the book had been paced differently to make it more interesting.

    However, I was interested in the Japanese culture included in the story. I enjoyed the characters, though sometimes I did not understand Kara. DREAMS OF THE DEAD ended on a cliffhanger that intrigued me enough to want to know what will happen in the next book in the series.

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