Whispers of a Faded Dreamer
Celesta ThiessenIn this unusual, Christian speculative fiction novel, Cara Peirce wants to help people. She wants love but making connections in real life just isn’t something she’s good at. Through an unsettling turn of events, Cara finds herself a mostly-willing participant in a bizarre life in which she only feels truly alive in her dreams. Her surreal adventures in other realms seem important, somehow. And, almost every night, she dreams of the same guy - Blaze Saxon.
In the end, only whispers remain. But the end is only the beginning.
This is the story of a faded dreamer.
My review:To start off, it wasn't what I expected. I actually picked this book up on a free day and put it down a few pages in because it starts off with strange black beings that only certain people could see, and I thought that was leading into a stark, dystopian sort of thing. There was even a company that had potential to be an evil corporation with a world domination scheme. .. and that just wasn't what I was in the mood for. . .but a bit later I decided just to keep reading, and that's not what this book is at all.
There is very little true danger presented throughout. Which I kind of liked. The book was almost like a dream in its own right, a series of at first seemingly unconnected adventures/fantasies Cara experiences within a dream state.
Writing: over all this book was well written. There was one scene that switched from third person to first person in an attempt to imitate a dream (where sometimes you're the character and sometimes you're just watching, which is how dreams do work) that actually did confuse me a bit, but the rest of the dreams were in a consistent style.
Characters: Cara and Blaze were overall consistent and interesting (though Blaze's name switched between his nicknames in a way that wasn't always consistent. Sometimes he was Bryson and sometimes Bryce, but after a bit I just accepted he has three names). Two side characters were rather undeveloped and sometimes their antagonistic actions seemed sudden and jarring, like they were only there to provide conflict. Dennis, particularly, could have been totally erased and the story wouldn't have lost anything. Thankfully, he's not around much.
Plot: it was very much about the dreams. Because of that there is an episodic feel as Cara goes on multiple short adventures as a knight, a super hero, a mermaid, and a spy. All of these were pretty cool, but the main plot was mostly just her figuring out who she was and where she fits into a world she doesn't quite fit into.
Conclusion: the ending seemed a bit more like a lead up to another book than an ending. While there isn't a cliffhanger, the characters just sort of slowly slip into their "new life" without a lot of conflict or climax. I was kind of expecting a big conspiracy with an actual villain (perhaps provided by the company I mentioned earlier). The conclusion was satisfying in that the characters ended up in a good place for them to be. Can't say much more without spoilers.
Overall, I loved the depictions of dreams, and I was able to read this book quite quickly once I put aside expectations for what I thought it was going to be and just let myself experience it.
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