Book Review: Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1)


Author: Amy Plum

Published: May 2nd 2017 by HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★★☆

Date Read: October 30th – November 3rd 2017


*I got the ARC of Dreamfall on a book blind date.


head1Cata Cordova suffers from such debilitating insomnia that she agreed to take part in an experimental new procedure. She thought things couldn’t get any worse…but she was terribly wrong.

Soon after the experiment begins, there’s a malfunction with the lab equipment, and Cata and six other teen patients are plunged into a shared dreamworld with no memory of how they got there. Even worse, they come to the chilling realization that they are trapped in a place where their worst nightmares have come to life. Hunted by creatures from their darkest imaginations and tormented by secrets they’d rather keep buried, Cata and the others will be forced to band together to face their biggest fears. And if they can’t find a way to defeat their dreams, they will never wake up.


“How ling will our dwindling group survive? Can we hold out long enough for those outside the Dreamfall to rescue us? Or by the time they figure it out, will we all be dead?”

4 STARS FOR THIS AWESOME BOOK! This book is surprising both in a terrifying and in an astonishing way. Honestly, I didn’t expect much from this book because I thought it would just be focusing on the experiment, but, GUYS, THERE’S MORE TO IT. On the night I finished it, I wasn’t aware that I was nearing the end. I was actually surprised that I’m already on the Epilogue and I’m like ‘WAIT NO, DON’T END YET.’

Dreamfall is about the journey of the seven teen subjects of a sleeping experiment in the hopes to cure sleep disorders, but it went wrong when lab equipments malfunctioned and they found themselves on a series of nightmares where they all met and fight for their lives.

It is told in three perspectives (which kind of surprised me and got me confused at first): Cata and Fergus’ (who were both subjects), and Jaime, a pre-med student who was present at the experiment as an observer. I like reading into Jaime’s mind because he has those ‘eureka’ moments that we all need on books like this.

This book gave me a background on different causes of insomnia and other sleeping disorders. And it showed me how extreme they can be. I, myself, is afraid to have nightmares and GOD I can’t imagine being on those nightmares. Those are the ones that makes me tired and makes me want to wake up.

The characters were all INTRIGUING in their own ways. I like that there were less to zero arguments made when deciding on what to do and who to follow because that scenario annoys me on stories like this. By the way, I saw bloggers and readers debating whether Jaime is a girl or a boy because the author, herself, said she left it out on purpose. But in my own opinion, he is a guy because JAIME. Okay, I was being close minded here but I hope we’ll learn about his gender on the second book.

OH AND THAT CLIFFHANGER ENDING? IT DEFINITELY MADE ME WANT TO READ THE SECOND BOOK AS SOON AS IT IS AVAILABLE. If you enjoy horror and sci-fi, you should definitely read this book. 😉head4


6 thoughts on “Book Review: Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1)

  1. Marie says:

    Oh this was such a great review, Mish, I loved reading it and you made me so excited about this book as well! I like sci-fi usually, but I’m not a massive fan of horror books… I’m intrigued about the whole plot of this, though, it’s quite original so maybe I will give it a try, who knows I might love it 🙂
    thank you for the recommendation! 🙂


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