The Trajectory of Dreams

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For Lela White, a Houston sleep lab technician, sleep doesn't come easy-there's a price to be paid for a poor night's sleep, and she's the judge, jury, and executioner.

Everyone around Lela considers her a private woman with a passion for her lab work. But nighttime reveals her for what she is: a woman on a critical secret mission. Lela lives in the grip of a mental disorder that compels her to break into astronauts' homes to ensure they can sleep well and believes that by doing...

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For Lela White, a Houston sleep lab technician, sleep doesn't come easy-there's a price to be paid for a poor night's sleep, and she's the judge, jury, and executioner.

Everyone around Lela considers her a private woman with a passion for her lab work. But nighttime reveals her for what she is: a woman on a critical secret mission. Lela lives in the grip of a mental disorder that compels her to break into astronauts' homes to ensure they can sleep well and believes that by doing so, she keeps the revitalized U.S. space program safe from fatal accidents. What began at the age of ten when her mother confessed to blowing up the space shuttle has evolved into Lela's life's work. She dreads the day when an astronaut doesn't pass her testing, but she's prepared to kill for the greater good.

When Zory Korchagin, a Russian cosmonaut on loan to the U.S. shuttle program, finds himself drawn to Lela, he puts her carefully-constructed world at risk of an explosion as surely as he does his own upcoming launch. As Lela's universe unravels, no one is safe.

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Lela White is an insomniac whose tragic history has left her obsessed with astronauts. Believing sleep deprivation leads to launch accidents, she breaks into the bedrooms of astronauts to monitor them and, if necessary for the safety of the space program, kill those who don’t sleep soundly. Annoying co-worker Trina Shook insists on moving in with Lela after a tornado damages Trina’s house, and when Lela becomes entangled with visiting Russian cosmonaut Zory Korchagin, these two relationships accelerate her madness. Convinced of her righteousness, she is blind to any hint that she herself is the wrong note in her world until it is far too late. Wolverton has taken some liberties with details of the space program, but the primary fantastic elements are the symptoms of Lela’s increasingly dubious grasp on reality; this work is less horror or fantasy than a skillful mainstream examination of a psychotic woman’s final descent into insanity. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938463440
  • Publisher: Bitingduck Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 1,034,218
  • Product dimensions: 5.83 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

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    Talk about a crazy book!  When Nicole Wolverton emailed me about

    Talk about a crazy book!  When Nicole Wolverton emailed me about her novel, The Trajectory of Dreams, it sounded intriguing, especially because she likened it to Gone Girl.  I was pretty excited to read it.

    The Trajectory of Dreams is a novel about Lela, a woman who will do everything in her power in order to save the upcoming space shuttle launches from disaster.  Lela works at a sleep study clinic, volunteers at the local library, and sneaks into astronaut’s houses in order to secretly study their sleep patterns.  You know, the normal stuff.

    Something is clearly strange about Lela and her whole situation.  She feels alone on her mission but regularly communicates with her cat, Nike, and her deceased father, who both communicate back.

    There is so much going on in this novel, and I just could not wait to find out what was fully going on.  Like Gillian Flynn did in Gone Girl, Nicole Wolverton gave us pieces of information but left the completion of the puzzle until the end.

    I do wish that when I finally found out what was going on that I found out in a slightly different way, but that didn’t take much away from my experience with the novel overall.  I also figured out some of the pieces on my own, but was still very surprised with certain aspects that I can’t reveal here because you’ll just have to find out for yourself.

    If you enjoy a psychological thriller, then you’d enjoy reading The Trajectory of Dreams by Nicole Wolverton.  You’ll have to wait until it comes out in March 2013, but stick it on your to-read list!

    I accepted this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

    What other psychological thrillers are out there that I should read?

    Thanks for reading

    Rebecca @ Love at First Book 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    The Trajectory of Dreams is a seriously disturbing book. The mai

    The Trajectory of Dreams is a seriously disturbing book. The main character is so delusional, and yet Wolverton manages not only to make me empathize with her but also makes me wonder if maybe she's right in her beliefs. The ending was perfect. Can't wait to read her next book.

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