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By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Like dreams, lauded book is confusing, ethereal.

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This book about dreams has a dreamlike quality: not everything makes sense, but it's oddly compelling, and completely original. The jumble of characters is confusing, especially if you haven't read the first book, and the ending leaves many questions unanswered. But there's an urgency to the narrative, and a strength to the writing, that keeps the pages turning even when you're not completely sure what's going on.

On the other hand, alert readers will have figured out the conspiracy long before the characters do, and may wonder why these brilliant people are so obtuse. But that is compensated for by the author's creation of Nown, a fascinating being Laura made in the first book. Part Golem, part guardian angel, this teen-girl fantasy literally comes into his own here. This flawed but intriguing work doesn't hold up to the comparison to Philip Pullman touted on the cover. But it has flashes of brilliance, and one can hope for even better in the future from this promising author.

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