From the imagination of Tom DeLonge of Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves and NY Times bestselling author Suzanne Young. Jonas Anderson and his older brother Alan are Lucid Dreamers. But after a 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. 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.
In addition to having a fantastic musical piece backing it, this was a really strong and exciting book.
Angels & Airwaves are on of my all time favourite bands. The Dream Walker is one of my favourite albums. As such, I was going to read this book out of loyalty, but I honestly wasn't expecting too much. I was really pleasantly surprised by how this book drew me in and had me flipping pages furiously to find out what happened.
For the most part, this was a really strong action book, with a fast moving plot and a lot of high stakes tension. In a way, there was a small mystery to be solved, and Jonas was always in some sort of confusion or danger. There wasn't a boring moment in this book. Young's expertise was strongly utilized.
I was really fascinated by some of the ideas that DeLonge and Young rose in this book. The world they've created was extremely intriguing, and I found myself captivated by the ideas they had set up--of poets tunnelling into various dreams, of Night Terrors representing one's fears, and of Genesis, a city where lucid dreamers can meet.
It is a Young Adult book, not at all meaning that adults cannot enjoy this book, but meaning that the main character is a teenager and as such, the main character is experiencing growing up, life, and love for the first time.
Also, shout out to the ending, for being stand alone but for leaving room for a sequel. Beautifully done.
And indeed, our main character, Jonas, felt a little bit bland. His passion and love for his brother was very real and distinct and I admired how he remained loyal to his family persistently, but overall, I wished there could have been a bit more to him.
There were some moments where I could see how this book works better as a comic, specifically in the fight scenes, as the Dream Terrors felt a little uninspired and could have used more description. However, for the most part, I felt very much a part of the dreamscape and could picture the world, its subways, and its massive screens.
My biggest issue with this book was in the romance: it progressed far too quickly and didn't feel at all real.
For the AVA fans: I really loved how The Dream Walker and ...Of Nightmares each melded into the book. There were a lot of lyrics that I drew connections with certain moments in the book which I found very exciting; I'm perpetually excited to find literary and musical connections, so knowing that the authors had this particular set of music in mind was really exciting for me. The albums can definitely stand alone and as I already have my own schema of memories that goes along with them they will for me, but they also make a lovely supplement.
Overall, this was a really strong companion to one of my favourite albums ever and a brilliant EP. I'm really excited by what Tom DeLonge is doing in his multimedia creations. I love that he's taken the connection between human emotion and various art forms and utilized it. I love the collaboration that's happening on all of these art forms and how it's not just the Tom show, but how there are other people involved. I love that DeLonge hasn't restrained himself. And the prologue, quite honestly, was probably my favourite part of the book (despite the tunnel he took to the publishing industry!) I've always loved albums as whole, flowing concepts--something that the original space rock gods, Pink Floyd, did with a charm. Seeing AVA evolve, and really, growing up next to them, has been an absolute treat. The whole concept of having connections through various mediums is truly an inspiration to me, and I'm so enthused to see what Angels & Airwaves does next.
If you enjoy Angels & Airwaves, you'll likely find this book filled with thought provoking connections. If you enjoy a good, action packed adventures, you'll love this book.