Friday, November 21, 2014

[Book Tour Review + Giveaway] The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien

The Vault of DreamersThe Vault of Dreamers
From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success:  every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

The Vault of Dreamers  is a Dystopia novel filled with mysteries, an intense plot and relatable characters. Setting of the novel is the future and involves Forge - a prestigious arts school where every moment of the student's lives are televised on a famous reality show. To fully understand the structure of this world, we follow 15-year old Rosie Sinclair who skips her sleeping pill one night and discovers that Forge is not what it seems... 

With high tech development and the future setting, it definitely has a lot of details that involve all the things-dystopia. What sets apart this book is the intensity with which it is written. Even though Rosie is the main character, we don't fully learn anything about her and what her life was like before entering Forge. This was one of the reasons why I couldn't connect with Rosie as much as I wanted to. 

Rosie's discoveries are horrifying, unnerving, and each time you feel as though everything is figured out and revealed, a new piece complicates the puzzle. This is definitely a page turner and with the way it ended, I definitely am excited to see where the story will take us in the next book.

My final thought? READ IT! Specially if you're a fan of Dystopia!


Caragh M. O'Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O'Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA from Johns Hopkins University. She recently resigned from teaching high school English in order to write young adult novels. For more information, visit

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