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Lucid
     

Lucid

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by Natalie Roers
 

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Disfigured at birth and ostracized at school, Travis Hunter dreams of acceptance and secretly yearns for the affection of a beautiful young woman named Corrine. When a mysterious doctor promises to help Travis through something called lucid dreaming, Travis gets more than he ever bargained for and soon finds himself learning the secrets of love and life in a fantastic

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Disfigured at birth and ostracized at school, Travis Hunter dreams of acceptance and secretly yearns for the affection of a beautiful young woman named Corrine. When a mysterious doctor promises to help Travis through something called lucid dreaming, Travis gets more than he ever bargained for and soon finds himself learning the secrets of love and life in a fantastic unconscious world.

"This is a novel that respects its readers as much as its characters, and that's a beautiful rarity."
~ Mike Flanagan, Filmmaker, Absentia & Oculus

"Natalie Roers' debut novel is both riveting and relevant. More than a paranormal/fantasy/thriller, this is a complex tale that cuts to the very of heart of issues facing young adults today. Well sculptured characters and powerful imagery propel Roers' fascinating narrative."
~ Jason Tinney, award-winning freelance journalist, musician, actor and the author of the story collection Bluebird.

"Natalie Roers' voice is amazingly confident for a first novelist. Her journalist's eye for human detail draws you in, and makes you care about the people who populate the LUCID world."
~ Jeff Howard, writer for Film District and Focus Features.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Seeking to illuminate hope through despair, this uneven parable juxtaposes psychological realism and escapist fantasy with mixed results. Stereotypical Dr. Kelly, a “zerapist” with a thick Dutch accent, gives “grossly misshapen” Travis a mystical green stone used by the mythical Lucid. It grants him the power to shape reality in a hidden dream world with secret love crush Corrine. When Travis makes enemies of bullies John and Terry, and discovers that Corrine doesn’t recall their nocturnal sojourns, his newfound confidence is darkened by uncertainty. If he continues to draw Corrine into his dream, she loses her Will. Then the green stone is stolen, threatening the fate of the dreamlands. Travis’s struggle with conscience and societal prejudice are mirrored by the unhinged Terry, yet Roers overshadows this opportunity, preferring to combine pathos and suspense with moralistic grandstanding. The relation between perception and “reality” is intriguing and could have been more intricately explored. Brimming with adolescent angst regarding intimacy and choice, this simplistic bildungsroman will most appeal to young fantasy fans. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606190272
Publisher:
Paladin Timeless Books
Publication date:
07/15/2013
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(d)

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Lucid 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Lucid by Natalie Roers is the story of Travis Hunters. Travis is disfigured and he is the target of unwanted and negative attention. Even the nurses in the hospital where he goes ridicule him. He tries to face the world by ignoring everything around him. Things change when his therapist gives him a talisman which takes him to the LUCID dreaming group. He meets Corrine there in the dream world. He longs to be accepted by society and he secretly yearns for Corrine's love. Travis finds himself getting all that he is looking for.   The theme is original and entertaining. The fantasy aspect of the story pulls you in and takes you to a dream world where your reality is replaced by imagination and fantasy. It is also a book that gives hope and expectations to people who are disfigured and crave social acceptance and love from society. The characters of Travis and Corrine remain in your mind for a long time. The book also has some intense scenes between Travis and Corrine, which add to the weight of the story. The author should be applauded for writing such an original story and handling it with finesse and expertise. The author does not go overboard with emotions. The narration is fluid and all the characters are refreshing and have depth. Mystery, fantasy, love, and imagination have all been seamlessly woven into the story, making it a winner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
Lucid is a story that will open your eyes. How often do we hear the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”? All most people do is judge someone on how they look. What they wear, if they pimples or freckles, if their eyes are too big…the list goes on. lucid is the story of a young man named Travis, who is the victim of prejudice and bullying. Just because he is different from the herd. Travis yearns to be normal so his classmates would just give him a chance. He especially yearns to be different so that a girl like, Corrine, would give him the time of day. When a doctor tells him about lucid dreaming, he does not believe him, but he agrees to try. He would do anything to talk to Corrine, to make her see him. Travis enters the world of The Lucid and his life changes forever. It this “lucid” state Travis can control his dreams. He can shape his world to be anything he wants, he can even change himself. When he discovers that he can bring Corrine into his dreams, he is jumps at the opportunity to get to know her and to have a chance at love. But like all good things, they must eventually come to an end. Will Corrine still want to be with Travis when she meets him in the real world? Will Travis ever accept himself for who he is? Nat Roers spins a story that will not only show you what a victim of bullying, ridicule and prejudice goes through, but it will make you understand that each person, not matter what, is special and worthy of your respect. This is an achingly beautiful story that will first break your heart, then heal it. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.