I was drawn to this book as an epileptic former YA librarian; any book that has a character involving seizures (real or otherwise) immediately draws me. From the outset descriptions of the book, I was wondering if the author was incorporating ecstatic epileptic episodes or if it was just a paranormal world. It obviously turns out to be the latter, but to me in a dissatisfying fashion; we never get a real explanation as to how Nolan or any of the other "travelers" get there in the first place after the spell is broken and they all return. That is probably my primary issue with this novel- the premise is interesting enough and I can suspend reality, but despite in depth character colorization we don't get the real flesh of the story. Yes, this is happening, but how and why? Is there a common thread between the travelers? Some common criteria?
I feel like there was definite undeveloped potential here, but nonetheless it's an interesting enough story for anyone with the fantasy slant and perhaps doesn't want to feel roped into a series.
Awesome and intriguing. At first it kind of seems weird and boring but once you get into it its very adventurous and its worth reading if you enjoy action
A unique portal fantasy. There are some serious themes in this book, from violent abuse to dealing with a magically caused disability to political persecution, but the characters and story are so well drawn that the book doesn't feel mired in issues. I particularly loved Nolan's family!
Really unusual teen fantasy about a boy in our world who travels into the body of a girl in a fantasy world every time he closes his eyes. Hard to explain, and the plot gets pretty complex toward the end, but there's a lot of interesting concepts here, and issues of different ethnicities, sexual orientations, and disabilities are handled so wonderfully and as a non-issue and that don't feel forced at all -- it's just incredibly well done in that regard. Very enjoyable read.
"Lots of people might wonder what it's like to see the world through someone else's eyes, but Arizona teen Nolan doesn't have a choice: when he closes his eyes, he experiences life as Amara, a mute slave girl living in the magical Dunelands. Nolan's doctors diagnose him with epilepsy, but his seizures are actually caused by Amara's agony as she shields the fugitive princess Cilla from a painful curse. After a new medication allows Nolan to influence Amara's actions, new possibilities are revealed in both worlds. Fantasy fans who appreciate diverse, authentic characters and creative world-building should definitely pick up this unconventional debut." Teen Scene September 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/8c5d2fc3-2dbd-444e-9fcf-6538111b2bb0?postId=483ea93a-652f-4637-834d-a7fa6c6b6cd9
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