The Dreamers

The Dreamers

A Novel

Book - 2019
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As a strange illness induces sleep, an isolated college town is turned upside down. A quarantine is established, the national guard is summoned. Yet, those who have fallen asleep are showing unusual patterns of brain activity. More than has ever been recorded in any brain - asleep or awake. They are dreaming - but of what? With gorgeous prose and heart-stopping emotion, this novel startles and provokes about the possibilities contained within a human life, when we are awake and, perhaps even more, when we are dreaming.
Publisher: Toronto : Bond Street Books/Doubleday Canada, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780385692441
Characteristics: 303 pages ;,25 cm.

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engurney
Jun 17, 2019

Finished this over the course of a weekend and found it to be quick, illustrative and fun to read. I felt the characters could have been a little more developed and the mysterious illness explained a bit more in the end. The conclusion was resolute but a bit abrupt in it's finality. I agree that it may have worked better as a short story but interesting premise never the less.

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TripodSnowDog
Jun 15, 2019

The premise, the characters, the story... all fantastic. Dew me in so much I finished the book in a morning. Without spoiling, though, the ending was lackluster and kind of ruined the experience.

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1MTWAIN60
Jun 12, 2019

Owes a nod to "Blindness" throughout and to Alice Munro at the end. Still a good read, interesting style.

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jkroselawn
May 31, 2019

There are so many better books, and so little time. For me, there was not enough character development in this one to enable me to care about any of these people. This should have been a short story, but it was stretched out far too long. Distracting writing style, including spelling out Freudian interpretations of events, just in case the reader is too clueless to make the connection without her assistance. I do not recommend.

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GreenDog2006
May 27, 2019

I'm a sucker for apocalyptic fiction and for medical mysteries, and this is a fine example of both. The entire book has a dreamlike feel - the illness arrives, spreads, and has varying effects on students and townspeople. Those stricken may or may not recover and may or may not experience strange dreams which may or may not be prophetic. Beautiful writing, believable characters I cared about. For me, Walker's The Age of Miracles was a little stronger - it's one of my absolute favorite apocalyptic novels; if you haven't read it, please do - but The Dreamers is very good. I'm really looking forward to whatever she writes next!

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MamaLovesBooks
May 21, 2019

Not a true sci-fi, more realistic fiction - not too far off from the communities today that are susceptible to measles. We read this in my book club and everyone enjoyed it - though we all thought the ending fizzled out. A true sci-fi book would have had an X-Files ending..., no? The character development, and the characters themselves were interesting and well thought out. I especially enjoyed the story-lines of the conspiracy-theorist father and his two young survivalist daughters as well as the pair of college students who took it upon themselves to try to help their community. Overall a great read that at times will suck you in, and others will give you a moment to pause in wonder.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Apr 30, 2019

A quiet, thoughtful novel about a community where an infectious disease causes sufferers to fall into a deep sleep. For fans of titles like "Station Eleven."

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krsbozo
Apr 30, 2019

I would say that this book is a science fiction story about a California mountain town beset with an infectious disease that causes people to fall asleep, and sometimes never wake up. The government's response seems accurate. A fast and interesting read.

Hillsboro_JenniFerg Apr 14, 2019

First of all, this is a well-written novel by Karen Thompson Walker. She has a beautiful way of describing things and had me hooked from the very beginning. However, I wouldn't consider it a terribly happy story; it's a bit darker than what I would typically read, but if you're into dark stuff it will likely be mild for you. I gave it four stars because, like I said, it was beautifully written, however, I was a little disappointed about the ending. It wasn't as dramatic as I had hoped.

DPL_Graham Mar 26, 2019

It started in a dorm room in a sleepy California mountain town with one road in and one road out. Students slowly started to fall asleep and fail to return to full consciousness. They may make movement, murmurs, eyes moving in deep and rapid sleep, but the disease was keeping them under. Like any good virus, the sleep started to spread from person to person until the whole town in under army quarantine.

The Dreamers is an easy to read, short chaptered, multi-character narrative on the infection as it takes over the town. We watch from the perspective of college students, kids whose parents have fallen asleep, and nurses trapped in quarantine hospitals. Will the disease ever be cured? Will it take over the world? Instead of a “The Walking Dead” Walker imagines “The Sleeping Dead.” While the action corresponds to the analogy the story still drew me in and held my attention to the end.

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