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The Dreamers: A Novel (edição: 2019)

de Karen Thompson Walker (Autor)

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One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep, and doesn't wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. When a second girl falls asleep, and then a third, Mei finds herself thrust together with an eccentric classmate as panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. A young couple tries to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. Two sisters turn to each other for comfort as their survivalist father prepares for disaster. Those affected by the illness, doctors discover, are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, higher than has ever been recorded before. They are dreaming heightened dreams, but of what? Written in luminous prose, The Dreamers is a breathtaking and beautiful novel, startling and provocative, about the possibilities contained within a human life, if only we are awakened to them.… (mais)
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Título:The Dreamers: A Novel
Autores:Karen Thompson Walker (Autor)
Informação:Random House (2019), Edition: 1st, 320 pages
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Much like in her debut "The Age of Miracles," Thompson Walker does a fantastic job in "The Dreamers" of taking a huge hypothetical idea and framing very human stories inside of it. Here we see a sleeping sickness sweep quickly through a small Southern California town and the toll it takes on the town's residents. The story is told through the lens of 10 characters whose lives and fates overlap and unfold together.

I probably, in all honesty, would rate "The Dreamers" more of a 3.5/5 but a 3 felt too low so I erred on the side of the higher rating. Would recommend this to book discussion groups. ( )
  SamBortle | Jul 23, 2021 |
What he said: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/07/books/review-dreamers-karen-thompson-walker.h... Really, I liked The Dreamers more than Dwight Garner did, but have to applaud him for being alone among newspaper book reviewers in panning the book.

I was hooked on Walker's story from the first page, and stayed up all night reading it the first night (strange to stay up all night reading a book about people who are asleep, eh?). By the time I was about two thirds of the way through the next day, though, I got the feeling that the novel had no significant destination. There was a pretty unsubtle pro-life tale in one of the various sleepers' stories, and lots of other vaguely metaphorical things going on, but it ultimately didn't add up to anything. Even though The Dreamers is not a thriller, in the end I felt ill-used by the author's suspenseful build-up, the way I often do when I read them. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
Great world building, but depressing story. ( )
  adnohr | Jun 27, 2021 |
WOW! It’s been a while since a book has left me so in awe. I’m a little sad that I’m done reading this book, and have already added it to my Amazon list for a future purchase. I can’t wait to read it again and loan it to others. ⁣
I was a huge fan of Stephen King’s “Under the Dome”, and this book reminded me so much of that tome. I was also a big fan of the author’s first novel “The Age of Miracles”, and this book reminded me so much of that one. Perhaps the author is creating her own little universe/series?⁣
A mysterious sleeping sickness falls over the California college town of Santa Lora, and we see the events unfold from different residents. A college student where the virus first strikes, a married couple with a baby, a professor, two sisters, and an outsider are just a few of the stories we are told. There are even chapters where the events are discredited and doubted, as (sadly) is the case these days in regards to the news. I really enjoyed that part of the plot and felt it lent even more validity to this story. Unlike most stories, the events in this book, fanciful as they may at first sound, are presented in a way that were believable to me. ⁣ ( )
  brookiexlicious | May 9, 2021 |
Thank you to Random House publishers for the advanced copy won through Goodreads!

I LOVED this book! I'm not a sci-fi person but when I read the premise of The Dreamers, I have to say my interest was peaked. You're thrown right into the mix of things and the excitement carried me all the way through.
I read some reviews where readers were disappointed but I felt the exact opposite way. I'd rather the author leave it up to interpretation especially with these circumstances and characters. This novel is not about an illness but rather how things like fear and love propel us as humans in an imperfect world. If you read this book and felt let down by the science aspect, I would suggest checking out the Reading Guide at the end. It provides a ton of insight on the authors process and the goals of the novel.
Highly recommend for readers who love a light science element and a plot driven by well-developed characters.

Mid-read review: I never write anything mid book but dang! How is this book this good?! ( )
  booksforbrunch | May 5, 2021 |
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One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep, and doesn't wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. When a second girl falls asleep, and then a third, Mei finds herself thrust together with an eccentric classmate as panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. A young couple tries to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. Two sisters turn to each other for comfort as their survivalist father prepares for disaster. Those affected by the illness, doctors discover, are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, higher than has ever been recorded before. They are dreaming heightened dreams, but of what? Written in luminous prose, The Dreamers is a breathtaking and beautiful novel, startling and provocative, about the possibilities contained within a human life, if only we are awakened to them.

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