In the happy, clean community of Austin Valley, everything appears to be perfect. Seventeen-year-old Em Fuller, however, fears something is askew. Em is one of the new generation of Dream Travelers. For some reason, the gods have not seen fit to gift all of them with their expected special abilities. Em is a Defect—one of the unfortunate Dream Travelers not gifted with a psychic power. Desperate to do whatever it takes to earn her gift, she endures painful daily injections along with commands from her overbearing, loveless father. One of the few bright spots in her life is the return of a friend she had thought dead—but with his return comes the knowledge of a shocking, unforgivable truth. The society Em thought was protecting her has actually been betraying her, but she has no idea how to break away from its authority without hurting everyone she loves.
I’ve been a Sarah Noffke fan ever since I won one of her books in a release party on Facebook. I won the second book in her Lucidites series, so I went to find the first one on Amazon and realized that I already owned it! I picked up Awoken (The Lucidites series, book one) when it was free and forgot about it. Well, I read it and immediately started the next one. You can find my reviews for The Lucidites series here!
Now, it’s my turn to host a release party for Sarah Noffke’s new series, The Reverians on Facebook and I couldn’t be more excited! I read Defects in preparation for the party next week (Saturday 11/22/15, on Band of Dystopian’s Facebook group 5-7 PST!) and am happy to say that it’s awesome (not that I’m surprised).
If you haven’t read The Lucidites Series, but want to start with Defects (The Reverians book one), don’t worry. Sarah does a great job subtly explain dream traveling as the story progresses in a way that feel natural, yet easy to understand.
I loved the dystopian take on the dream travelers lives. Em is a dream traveler, but in this society if you haven’t shown you have a special talent you are dubbed a “defect.” Sarah builds a simultaneously wonderful/horrible world where only the compliant are granted freedoms. A beautiful dystopian tale. Plus, Ren appears in the story. If you haven’t met Ren…well, he’s…you’ll see. He’s one of my favorites! Em is relatable, fun, and ready to find out why she is defective at all costs!
Next week I’ll be interviewing Sarah Noffke right here, so stay tuned! 😀