Poet Anderson …Of Nightmares
by Tom DeLonge, Suzanne Young
Summary from Goodreads:
From the critically acclaimed transmedia project Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, comes one of the most anticipated collaborations in YA literature this year: a thrilling, edge of your seat story written by award-winning musician, producer and director Tom DeLonge and New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young.
Poet Anderson…Of Nightmares follows the epic journey of two orphan brothers, Jonas and Alan, who are Lucid Dreamers. After a tragic car accident lands Alan in a coma, Jonas sets out into the Dream World in an attempt to find his brother and wake him up. What he discovers instead is an entire shared consciousness where fear comes to life as a snarling beast called a Night Terror, and a creature named REM is bent on destruction and misery, devouring the souls of the strongest dreamers to get closer to the Waking World. With the help of a Dream Walker—a guardian of the dreamscape, Jonas must face his fears, save his brother, and become who he was always meant to be: Poet Anderson.
About the Authors:
Tom DeLonge is the award-winning American musician, producer and director, best known as the lead vocalist and songwriter for the platinum-selling bands Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves. Under his media production company To The Stars…, Tom has created transmedia entertainment properties that span music, film, comics and books. Poet Anderson …Of Nightmares is precluded by the animated short film “Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker,” which took home Best Animated Film Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, the critically-acclaimed comic book series of the same name and the Billboard Hot 100 album by Angels & Airwaves The Dream Walker. Poet Anderson …Of Nightmares will also coincide with an original soundtrack recorded by the band that you can listen to while you read. Limited edition collectible packages will be available on To The Stars that will bring together all media formats for one major compelling visual landscape of the Poet Anderson universe. An advanced book club community will also be live for fans that want to immerse themselves in the book prior to publication date and experience a directors cut of the book with rich media content.
Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series of novels for young adult readers. Young lives in Arizona where she also teaches high school English.
Her novels include The Program, The Treatment, The Remedy, The Epidemic, and Hotel Ruby.
Poet Anderson… Of Nightmares will take you on a wild ride to the crazy world of dreams where anything is possible. I picked up the book without having any kind of background information on the other Poet Anderson projects, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I imagined it would be something like Inception, and I suppose in some ways it was.
It’s actually kind of hard to describe this book because there is just so much going on, but there is plenty of world building, so as a reader, you have no trouble catching on. I was pretty fascinated by the ingeniousness of the whole concept and thoroughly enjoyed reading about the characters’ trips to the Dreamscape and everyone’s involvement in keeping this “other reality” from affecting the real world. It’s really complicated but at the same time it makes perfect sense.
Jonas and Sam were a great couple and I was glad that she was a big part of the story. Sam was pretty much the only good thing in Jonas’s life because there was so much darkness surrounding him. In the Waking World, his parents were dead and his brother in a coma. And then in the Dreamscape he had REM, the Night Stalkers and his Night Terror to deal with. It felt like Sam was a small ray of sunshine in a world of darkness and death.
The battle is not over yet, so I hope there’s more to come. I’d be interested to find out what happens next!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
4 out of 5 stars
Two (2) winners receive a personalized special edition signed copy of POET ANDERSON…OF NIGHTMARES and an Of Nightmares t-shirt (INT)