Winner of the silver Benjamin Franklin award for Best Teen Fiction and part of the critically acclaimed transmedia project Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, comes what is hailed as a "teen Blade Runner, this book has nonstop action with dramatic, heart-pounding escapes" by the School Library Journal. Poet Anderson...Of Nightmares is 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.
Also keep an eye out for …Of Nightmares, the original soundtrack EP by Angels & Airwaves.
Musician DeLonge (of the band Blink-182) teams with seasoned writer Young (The Program, 2013) to explore the relationship between dreams and reality. Orphaned when their parents die in a plane crash, brothers Jonas and Alan can travel together in dreams and are learning how to manipulate waking reality through their actions in those dreamscapes. On their way to Seattle, where Alan will start a doorman job at the Eden Hotel, a terrible auto accident leaves Alan in a coma. There's shades of the Wild West in the almost nonstop action, which includes a car chase, a monocycle race, and fist and knife fights, leaving little room for developing personalities. Characters are closer to archetypes than flesh and blood, but the draw here will be the interesting questions raised about the power of our fears, and the hero's journey to conquer inner demons. This first in a planned trilogy will be released concurrent with an original soundtrack and accompanying visual art.
-- Debbie Carton--Booklist Online