The Dream Hiker

The Dream Hiker

by Padmaja Khanna


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It started out as the usual sort of dream one night, but it certainly didn't end that way. This is the story of Jack Treole, a seventeen-year-old high school student, who discovers that his dreams may not be as unreal as he has always believed them to be. As he explores this idea with two accidental friends, he gets sucked into an adventure, complete with exotic destinations and a mysterious quest. But that's not the end. What follows next is something that totally changes how he views this world, life, and everything else. Caution: This book is 100% mind-made.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499141320
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/05/2013
Series: Dream Hiker , #1
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Padmaja Khanna enjoys writing stories that not only entertain but can also prompt some reflection. Her debut series, The Dream Hiker trilogy, owes its inspiration to a combination of things-primarily, her fascination with science, her love of writing, and her underlying interest in philosophy. She is constantly filled with ideas for the next story she would like to tell.

Padmaja grew up in India, worked for a short period in Japan, started her family in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and now lives with her husband and two kids in the ever-expanding Chicago suburbs in Illinois. In addition to being a writer, she is a software professional and also works with teens at a local non-profit group. She loves learning about diverse cultures, visiting different parts of the world, and occasionally trying her hand at painting.

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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers for Readers' Favorite The Dream Hiker (Volume I) by Padmaja Khanna is a young adult adventure that involves 3 students accidentally getting into each other’s dreams. Through an online journal used for their philosophy class, in which they are supposed to write each day and describe something that happened, they discover they are having the same dream as each other. Seemingly without any control over their circumstances, they are thrust into an alternate/imaginary/fantasy world, where the rules have changed and they encounter real danger. It’s up to them to complete a mission with which they have somehow been entrusted, and they learn skills that enable them to make progress along that path. Each night, they turn up in the same dream and pick up where the last night’s left off. Depending on when they each fall asleep each night, they arrive and carry on their mission, sometimes making progress and sometimes trying to fix things that went sour.    The characters were fun and well developed. It was interesting how they "met" through technology and through their dreams without meeting in person.  The friction between Eddie and Selenia was entertaining and also kept some tension in the relationship. I was not sure where the plot was going at first and then it turned out the dreamers had a mission to complete which was interesting with their having to learn the new "rules" of the place they found themselves and work within those confines. You'll love how Khanna makes you suspend disbelief and makes the story seem so real. I think my nieces, as young teens, will love these books and I believe that any preteen or young teen would as well.   This book caught my attention because I am currently compiling an anthology on dreams and visions, and doing a little research into dreams as part of the preparation for writing the introduction and my own contribution to it. Dreams have always been an interest of mine, and especially lucid dreaming, which is realizing you’re dreaming and learning to control those dreams while dreaming.