Sourcebooks/Fire. Dec. 2019. 416p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781492682660.
Gr 9 Up–La Sala’s debut novel captures the magical, enthralling, and sometimes unsettling feelings that can come when our dreamworlds consume us. The story opens after a strange “accident” that leaves Kane Montgomery nearly dead and with no memories of the previous weeks. Kane quickly discovers, however, that nothing that has happened to him was an accident at all, and that reality is much more complicated than most people could fathom. As people’s fantasies begin to bend reality in ways that threaten to destroy Kane’s loved ones, it is up to him and the Others—a group of friends with extraordinary powers—to unravel these warped realities and save the world as they know it. This outstanding debut novel will light readers’ imaginations on fire. La Sala’s ability to create not just one fantasy world, but many smaller ones within it, is impressive. In these worlds, or reveries, La Sala cleverly weaves together characters’ deepest desires and fears with eccentric and sometimes absurd elements that perfectly capture the way it feels to dream. These worlds would be nothing, of course, without a strong cast of dynamic characters to navigate them. From teen heroes to the evil sorceress, each character in the novel exudes both vulnerability and immense power.
VERDICT Imaginative, bold, and full of queer representation, this is a must-purchase for YA collections.

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