Dreamquake (Dreamhunter Duet Series #2)

Dreamquake (Dreamhunter Duet Series #2)

by Elizabeth Knox
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Dreamquake (Dreamhunter Duet Series #2) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
There is a lot I want to say about this book, but first I have to say a bit about how the duet actually works. Some readers feel strongly, and fairly, that the Duet cannot be read in isolation (that is the two books cannot stand alone). Other readers, also fairly, feel that the books can and do work well as individual pieces of prose. I actually agree with both viewpoints. Just a bit about the basic plot of Dreamhunter: I'm not all that familiar with New Zealand but a review from the New Zealand Listener tells me that Knox's novels are set in "something like the New Zealand of a century ago, but with a twist, in that social life revolves around a traffic in dreams." The rare people who can catch dreams (dreamhunters) perform them for the social elite at dream palaces like the Rainbow Opera. Dreams are also often used for the public good in hospitals around Southland. Some dreamhunters also capture nightmares which readers learn in Dreamhunter are used for the public good, but in a much more sinister way. Laura, our protagonist, discovers this fact when she begins investigating the disappearance of her father, one of the greatest dreamhunters Southland has ever seen. Outraged by what she has seen, Laura sets out to inform the public of the governments use of nightmares. Dreamhunter ends with the disastrous results of this attempt. It is therefore no surprise that Dreamquake opens with the chaos following the execution of Laura's plan as Southland and Laura's family are thrown into a state of disarray. Adrift with only her creation Nown and a nightmare, Laura has to find a way to earn back her family's trust while negotiating an entanglement with a fellow young dreamhunter. All this while continuing to investigate the corruption of the sinister Dream Regulatory Body created to control the Place and its invaluable resources. Dreamquake is every bit as good as Dreamhunter while also being even better because it expands on characters who don't get as much time to shine in the first novel. Sandy and Rose (and to some extent Nown) are back and much more engaged in the central plot than they were in Dreamhunter to great effect. Knox's prose is unique in that it is well-paced while also being high action. Knox takes her time to explain terms like "Soporif" and "Novelists" but never to the detriment of the story. The action here is so intense and gripping that, at several points in the novel, I found myself skimming ahead just to make sure that everything would turn out all right in the end. The Dreamhunter Duet is a rare thing in contemporary literature. Both books are rich enough that, were the main characters not teenagers, no one would question its place as an adult book-but I've made that argument about other books on this site. More to the point, Knox is an amazing writer. Dreamhunter and Dreamquake are populated by a wide variety of characters, each unique and fully realized on the page. Instead of creating a world and characters and even this story, it feels instead like Knox is introducing readers to old friends, reciting a familiar tale-everything within these novels seems so real, the details are so concrete, that it feels like folly to consider it fantastic or even fiction. And that is why Dreamquake (and Dreamhunter) will surely take their rightful places among the canon of great fantasy novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, and its companion, DreamHunter, impressesd me so thoroughly that, after reading them at the library 3 times, I went and bought them. Fantasy books are some times too far fetched to be taken litererally, but not this book! It had just enpugh a dose of reality in it to keep me interested and was still sonout of the norm that I found mysrlf entranced by this new forgin world. Amazing writing in both books. Well done! I must say it was a bit slow to start, but if you keep with it you won't be dissapointed. :) sory for the spelling errors, the screen is messd up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantasy isn¿t my favorite genre. Few authors master it in ways that make it interesting to book snobs. Notable exceptions would be Marion Bradley Zimmer¿s Mists of Avalon or the inimitable J. K. Rowling with Harry Potter. This book isn¿t on par with either of these luminaries, but it is a passably good effort. Blending historical fiction with fantasy, this story is about a group of individuals (Dream Hunters) who are able to capture and share dreams. When a nightmare is shared at one of the of dream performances, an investigation ensues. Laura Hame, sixteen year old protagonist, is surrounded by a cast of interesting characters, mainly family. As Laura begins to discover the insidious plot to take over her country through the use of Contentment, a dream that keeps people insensibly happy, she also uncovers the abuses of convicts whose labor is being used to develop the infrastructure of the country. The villain is a government official who also happens to be friends with Laura¿s family. The characters (including a sandman¿apros pos for a story about sleeping) and setting are developed sufficiently to please fantasy lovers. The dust jacket declares this story is the second of a duet, but the ending is ambiguous enough that, if the book is popular, the author can easily add sequels or prequels. Ms. Knox¿s first book received a great deal of acclaim (if the reviews on the dust jacket are to be believed) for her first book in this series, and while this book does not deserve scorn, its plot is predictably ¿and they lived happily ever after.¿ It¿s low level of profanity and sexual content make it conservatively appropriate and a good enough read. To her credit, Ms. Knox provides us with a sequel that can stand on its own or be enjoyed as a set with its predecessor, Dreamhunter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A variety of striking physical landscapes, a vividly evoked Edwardian society, and the startlingly original concept of dreamhunting draw the reader into a world like our own but different. Laura is fighting against society and the powers that be and trying to create a better future for herself and her world
Cecily_Templeton More than 1 year ago
It all comes together in this beautifully-created fantasy world. I was captivated to the last page!
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Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in the Dreamhunter duet as part of the Most Underappreciated Book Contest earlier this year. It intrigued me enough that I went out and got the second. However, about half way through I almost put the book down. The characters seemed to be stuck in a loop trying to figure the same things out over and over again. Things were just taking too long for me, but I stuck through it and the second half of the book made up it. The characters started to develop again and the plot become involved and was progressing once again. Laura Hame is once again center stage of the story, and she has finally started to put things together about the mysterious Place. The pieces eventually fell together quite nicely and the story ended well. 3/5
cdotson More than 1 year ago
I was really disappointed with Dreamhunter...but I kept reading it and decided to buy Dreamquake thinking it would be better...I got halfway through and couldn't finish. I thought they were going to be good reads! I was wrong...