Sleep No More

Sleep No More

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by Aprilynne Pike

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The blockbuster film Inception meets Lisa McMann's Wake trilogy in this dark paranormal thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike. This supernatural young adult novel is perfect for fans of Kelley Armstrong, Alyson Noël, Richelle Mead, and Kimberly Derting.

Charlotte Westing has a gift. She is an Oracle and has


The blockbuster film Inception meets Lisa McMann's Wake trilogy in this dark paranormal thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike. This supernatural young adult novel is perfect for fans of Kelley Armstrong, Alyson Noël, Richelle Mead, and Kimberly Derting.

Charlotte Westing has a gift. She is an Oracle and has the ability to tell the future. But it doesn't do her much good. Instead of using their miraculous power, modern day Oracles are told to fight their visions––to refrain from interfering. And Charlotte knows the price of breaking the rules. She sees it every day in her wheelchair-bound mother and the absence of her father. But when a premonition of a classmate's death is too strong for her to ignore, Charlotte is forced to make an impossible decision: continue following the rules or risk everything—even her sanity—to stop the serial killer who is stalking her town.

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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—High school student Charlotte Westing isn't like her peers. She's an Oracle, and she is not allowed to tell anyone. Modern Oracles are forbidden to alter the future. Charlotte once tried to change an outcome based on a vision, with disastrous results. Now, under the tutelage of her aunt, also a seer, Charlotte struggles to contain her visions and keep them from getting through. Her new visions are too powerful, however, and break through all of Charlotte's defenses. The bloody and gruesome scenes she sees are of a serial killer's victims-her classmates. After a second murder, Charlotte gets a text from a stranger named Smith, imploring her to change the future and prevent more attacks. He can show her how, if she'll just let him into her mind. Can Charlotte change the future without repercussions? Is she willing to take the chance? Pike's newest novel is a thrilling paranormal mystery with a hint of romance. Charlotte is a likable and sympathetic character coping with larger-than-life problems. Her situation as an outsider is universal, even while the cause is firmly rooted in the realm of fiction. Teen girls, fans of Pike's previous novels, and those who are just discovering her will enjoy this unique, quick read.—Heather Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL
Publishers Weekly
Charlotte Westing has been raised not to do, not to talk, and not to discover—which makes for slow reader engagement with her situation. Oracles are no longer active in the world, but they continue to be born, quashing their gifts through rigid discipline and the oversight of fellow Oracles, the Sisters of Delphi. Charlotte has been mentored by her aunt, Sierra, historian of the society, who denies Charlotte access to her books but, of course, brings them within reach, as well. Charlotte’s obedience to the rules breaks down when she is assailed by visions of her classmates in gruesome death poses. Unable to bear the guilt of inaction, she’s willing to break every rule if doing so might prevent another death. That she has interfered before, with fatal consequences, has bafflingly little impact on Charlotte’s thought process, and is emblematic of the murky rationales that underlie much of the book. Pike dedicates the novel “to the survivors of Newtown,” which may strike some readers as questionable, given the plot’s reliance on violence inflicted on youth. Ages 13–up. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (May)¦
Dan Wells
“Sleep No More is a supernatural thriller with tight pacing, brilliant world-building, and a fascinating heroine with an all-too-human mix of frailty and power. Twisty and mystical and satisfying. I couldn’t put it down.”
Claudia Gray
“The greatest part: the Wings series reaches the perfect ending. The worst part: it has to end!”
Brandon Sanderson
“Sleep No More was both imaginative and exciting—a mixture of a classical fantasy and a contemporary thriller. I enjoyed it immensely.”
ALA Booklist
“Jeff’s journey to real empathy takes on issues crucial and relevant to teens: the price of popularity, the importance of being true to one’s beliefs, and the need to stand up for others.”
Booklist (starred review)
“Mixing a little bit of Harry Potter and a lot of Twilight, Pike has hit on a winning combination. Yet it is her own graceful take on life inside Avalon that adds a shimmering patina sure to enthrall readers”
Stephenie Meyer
PRAISE FOR THE WINGS SERIES:“Wings is a remarkable debut; the ingenuity of the mythology is matched only by the startling loveliness with which the story unfolds.”
Lisa McMann
“Who knew faeries could be this cool? Illusions has it all. It’s fascinating, rich, and romantic, and weaves a great new tapestry of thrilling fantasy.”
Carrie Jones
“Spells is brilliant and lovely. Aprilynne Pike’s talent just continues to bloom and I am almost afraid to see how awesome her next book will be.”
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Kate Conklin
Charlotte made a life-changing mistake when she was six, acting on one of her visions and changing the future. After her father is killed and her mother injured, Charlotte tries to follow the rules laid out by her Oracle aunt, Sierra. Not only must she hide her ability to see the future, she must also fight the visions and remain inactive when a vision breaks through. This consumes most of Charlotte's energy, leaving little room for friends. When her small-town classmates start dying in horrific ways, Charlotte cannot stay neutral any longer. She must try to save them. Pike is probably best known by teen readers for her Wings series, and Sleep No More might be a bit of a surprise for Pike's fans. The action is intense at times, with detailed descriptions of the crime scenes in Charlotte's visions. It is dedicated to victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, and captures the sadness and terror felt by a community losing young members one at a time to horrific tragedy. Adrenaline junkies and fantasy lovers should both be satisfied with the story, the characters, and the exciting conclusion. Reviewer: Kate Conklin; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
If you knew something bad was going to happen, would you try to change the future? Charlotte Westing is an Oracle, and as such, she must follow three rules: never to reveal herself as an Oracle to non-Oracles; never to give in to the visions; and if a vision gets through, never to try to change the future. At age 6, Charlotte broke the third rule, costing her father his life. Ten years later, a stronger-than-normal vision breaks through 16-year-old Charlotte's carefully constructed psychic defenses, foretelling the murder of a classmate. Charlotte wants to act, but she is too late. After a second ominous vision, she warns the potential victim, but it's no help. As visions of the dead increase, and the bodies start piling up, Charlotte must decide whether to break all the rules in order to stop a serial killer and save lives. Oddly, the Sisters of Delphi seem disinclined to intervene in Charlotte's rule breaking, but perhaps official consequence is being saved for sequels. The story is sometimes predictable and goes a bit too fast in places—readers will quickly lose track of visions and victims—but it's full of gripping tension, and Charlotte is a self-aware and likable narrator, determined to use her powers for good. Faults aside, this supernatural mystery will appeal to fans of the genre, and the story's conclusion leaves wide the door for possible future installments. (Supernatural thriller. 15-17)

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Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyperactive imagination. She completed her BA in creative writing at the age of twenty at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Arizona.

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Sleep No More 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS Ever since Charlotte was three years old, she has had visions of the future. It was at that moment that her Aunt began to train her on how to be an Oracle. Then, at six, Charlotte tried to change the future, which ended up with the death of her father and her mother in a wheelchair. After that, Charlotte learned the lesson that she cannot change the future. For ten years she completely blocks out all visions, until one day a vision becomes so strong that she cannot block it. She ends up getting a vision of a murder of one of her classmates. How can she possibly not try and change this? Especially when the murders don't stop... I was kind of iffy about this book at first just because it was compared to Wake, which was a book I read many years ago and absolutely hated it. Sorry, Wake fans. Thankfully, this was nothing like that book. This book reminded me more of Slide by Jill Hathaway. This book is mainly a thriller at heart, but it has a very unique touch of paranormal. There's the whole Oracle aspect and the visions involved, which are interesting by itself. There was also a whole bunch of other very interesting and unique abilities that Charlotte was able to unlock further along in the book. In fact, this book gets so much more hardcore, dark, and very very different as the book goes on. Can't really explain why, due to spoilers, but it was very interesting. Charlotte's not really an abnormal main character. She's much like many other heroines. She's not enormously admirable, but she's not annoying. She's just a girl with a very interesting ability that instead of being a blessing, it's more of a curse, and she wishes she could be normal. The character in this book that really did annoy me is her Aunt. I don't dislike her, I just disliked how she withheld information from Charlotte, saying she was too young. Really, Charlotte has to live with this ability, she needs to know the dangers. If her Aunt were to only tell her these things, she could have saved Charlotte from many many things that happened in this book. I found the unique thriller-esque way very interesting, but it did get a bit confusing at the end. It was mostly because so much was happening at the end, that there was an overload in my brain. Other than that, this book does have surprising twists to it, though some parts of it were predictable. IN CONCLUSION Overall, an interesting way to combine thriller and paranormal. The main reason why I only gave this a three is just that this book is very similar to other thrillers I've read, even though the whole Oracle aspect is very new. If you enjoy thrillers with a touch of paranormal, I do recommend this book!
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
Charlotte has spent her life following one simple rule, never interfere with the visions. When she was young she tried to change one and her father ended up dead. Now she tries to block every vision that comes, that is until one comes so violently she cant suppress it. When she sees her classmate dead she knows she cant let it happen but how can she help?  When a text comes through her phone saying they know what she is and they can teach her how to stop the murders she is hesitant to believe but when another murder happens she knows she has to do something. Will she be able to stop this killer before he strikes again? I absolutely loved this book!!! It hooked me from the start.  I really liked Charlotte. She has a strong sense of right from wrong and has always wondered why they have to suppress the visions. They have to be getting the visions for a reason and if they can do some good then why don't they? When she gets the visions of her friends she cant stand around without at least trying to do something. I did think though that she was a little naive at times and should of confided in her aunt.  Smith was a mystery from the get go. Even though Charlotte knows he has secrets she still trusts him. I liked the mystery surrounding him and enjoyed finding out his story. The romance wasn't a major factor in the book but I loved seeing it develop. Charlotte has had a crush on Linden forever and when he finally notices her she is thrilled. Linden was a normal teenage boy and they were both so cute together. My heart absolutely broke when what happened happened!! I wont say anymore because of spoilers ;) The overall concept of the book was fascinating. I loved the story of the Oracles but did find there wasn't enough of why they had to suppress the visions. I know the author explained that the roman empire abused their power so the Oracles decided they needed to stop their visions but why do they still do it? I loved that the book was set in the modern world. Oracles are so awesome to read about but I've not read a book with them set in modern times.  With plenty of action, suspense, mystery and intrigue, Sleep No More was a quick read. I went into it with no expectations and ended up really enjoying it. Aprilynne Pike is one author I always buy and she did not disappoint with this book. Its a good solid mystery with a paranormal twist
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
Charlotte Westing is an Oracle who can see the future. She can’t reveal herself as an Oracle to non-Oracles, give in to the visions, or try to change the future if a vision gets through. When Charlotte was six years old, she broke the rules, and the consequences have left her determined not to break them again. Ten years later, however, a new vision breaks through all of Charlotte's carefully constructed psychic defenses, and she sees a serial killer murder her classmate. Unable to bear the guilt of inaction, Charlotte decides to break all the rules in order to stop the killer. I like Charlotte and admire the way she wants to stop bad things from happening. I felt like I could connect with Charlotte's emotions and her struggles to do the right thing. The romance was strange and quick to happen. After his girlfriend dies, Linden develops a sudden interest in Charlotte, though he admits that Charlotte just helps takes his mind off his girlfriend. Everything makes sense at the end, however. I like how the plot ties in with Charlotte and Linden's relationship and how the romantic subplot works into the story without taking over other areas of the plot. The plot is extremely enticing and page turning. Charlotte’s premonitions and murders are full of griping tension. I loved following Charlotte on her journey to discover what her power can do and who the serial killer is. Throughout the story, we learn more about the rules, consequences, and complexities surrounding Oracles, which not only changes everything we thought we knew, but also makes the book exponentially more interesting from one page to the next. Plus, there is a huge plot twist at the end. If anything, I would like to know more about the history of the Oracles and Charlotte’s aunt Sierra. While we get to know about a lot of the rules and present affairs, the story doesn't really explore the past. It didn't take away from my enjoyment of this first novel, but I hope to see more of this in future installments. Overall, Sleep No More is a thrilling paranormal mystery with a hint of romance. It is an enjoyable, unique read that I could not put down. Review by Alice
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book overall was fairly good. If you like mystery and a lot of description, you'll love this book. <3 When I was reading, I kept getting ditracted, but I also never wanted to stop reading it. Im more of the romance type of novels, and this was more of a "Get-to-know-my-powers-and-fall-for-a-guy-named-Linden-while-solving-deaths-with-a-stranger-named-Smith" and I read it in a day. So, I guess this is a pretty good book. (: <3
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) 16-year-old Charlotte is an oracle &ndash; she has visions of the future, but after changing one of her visions and accidentally killing her father, she tries to ignore her visions as much as possible. When she gets a vision of a murder, a vision that she can&rsquo;t push away, she does what her aunt has trained her to do &ndash; nothing, only to receive a text from an unknown number asking her why she didn&rsquo;t stop the murder from happening. Charlotte begins to wonder if she really could have prevented the murder, or whether interfering would make thing worse; like it did with her dad. Can Charlotte really change the future? And more importantly &ndash; why will happen if she does? This was an interesting story about a girl who could see the future, and I was really desperate to find out who the killer was! I liked Charlotte and I admired the way she wanted to make things better, and to stop bad things from happening before they happened. I also liked the way she didn&rsquo;t put herself in danger whilst trying to help other people. The storyline in this was pretty good, and I really wanted to find out who the killer was. I did think the second half of the book wasn&rsquo;t quite as good as the first half, but I still liked it overall. The mystery element was done well, the paranormal element also fitted in nicely, and there was a bit of a twist to the tale at the end. There was a little bit of romance, but it wasn&rsquo;t really a big part of the storyline. The ending was okay, and I&rsquo;m wondering if this is going to turn into a series now. It would certainly be interesting to see what Charlotte has learned after this little adventure! Overall; a good paranormal mystery story. 7 out of 10.