By: Wayne Thomas Batson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: May 2014
Reviewed By: Kristi Benedict
Dreams, they can be fun, scary, dangerous, amazing, and unpredictable and it is Archer Keaton’s job as a chosen Dreamtreader to make sure that the world of dreams and the world of reality stay safe. Lately that job is becoming harder and harder however, as breaches between the two worlds are becoming more and more frequent. In addition, the two other dreamtreaders have come up missing which leaves Archer alone in this battle. The number one culprit is the Nightmare Lord and Archer is convinced that this dangerous figure is planning something awful that could destroy the dream world and actual world in one foul swoop. Archer knows he needs to focus all of his strength on defeating this enemy and he is willing to do whatever it takes to get it done. However, the leader of the Dreamtreaders, Master Gabriel, is not so sure Archer knows exactly what he is up against and if he has the strength to complete this task.
While circumstances are becoming bleak in the world of dreams, Archer also has some new problems surfacing in reality such as the new kid at school, Ridgy Thames, who has Archer wondering exactly who this guy is and what he knows. He seems to be extremely smart and smooth but it seems as if he is hiding something very important and Archer can’t let go of that nagging feeling that something is wrong with this guy. He claims to be the nephew of a well known dream scientist and this fact continues to be of interest to Archer as there are few people who understand dreams as well as he does.
The best words I can use to describe this book are incredible and original! The unique and fascinating world of dreams is showcased in a way I have never seen before and makes for an amazing reading experience. Wayne Thomas Batson allowed me to walk into another world and journey with an easily relatable but brave character and I enjoyed every page. It was great reading about something that many times is hard to understand as dreams come in our subconscious but they can appear unbelievably real. To create a story where a teenage boy can enter a dream and make anything happen that he wants was brilliant. However, as with all stories of adventure, the reader is introduced to the fact that as with everything there are rules to dreamtreading and with that simple explanation Batson gives Archer a noble and worthy cause. Now not only is he a warrior in an unknown world to most people but he has the responsibility to uphold a commitment to protect both worlds. That easily made this a wonderfully appealing book for me and I read this book in a matter of twenty four hours as I could not bring myself to put it down.
Quill says: This is absolutely a book that will be unforgettable once read as it captures the imagination and doesn’t let go.