The B&N YA Podcast: Ryan La Sala Dreams Up a Reverie

Explore the stories behind the young adult books you love with the B&N YA Podcast.

On today’s episode we’re joined by Ryan LaSala, for a conversation about his bewitching debut novel Reverie. It’s a story that begins as a mystery — a high school student named Kane Montgomery is recovering from a terrible auto accident that left him nearly dead, and has robbed him of a large part of his memory. When Kane tries to solve the puzzle of what happened that night — and why people he barely knows seem to treat him as an old friend — what he discovers will turn his world upside down and inside out. Ryan LaSala has written a gripping YA fantasy in which dreams and reality trade places, and discovering the truth about yourself can have world-shattering consequences. Reverie is our B&N YA Book Club pick for January 2020, and we were thrilled to have him join Bill Tipper in the podcast studio to talk about the unusual path to this uniquely spellbinding read.

Inception meets The Magicians in this wildly imaginative story about what happens when the secret worlds people hide within themselves come to light.

All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember anything since an accident robbed him of his memories a few weeks ago. And the world feels different—reality itself seems different.

So when three of his classmates claim to be his friends and the only people who can tell him what’s truly going on, he doesn’t know what to believe or who he can trust. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident, and only he can stop their world from unraveling.

This Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes an annotated chapter with handwriting and drawings from the author in the margins, two pages of author notes, two pages of illustrations from the author, and a discussion guide.

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