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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers will continue to learn about several artists and even more pieces of art, especially the art of John Singer Sargent and some abstract expressionists. There's also a lot of Celtic and other ancient mythology and folklore, as well as one Latin phrase repeated throughout the story.
Strong messages about the importance of teamwork and perseverance. Continued emphasis on the unconditional bonds of family and friendship and acknowledging one's power and talent. Reflection on the tension between doing something for personal gain or for the greater good.
Positive Role Models
Ronan is quick tempered and prone to anger, but he's also thoughtful and protective and loving, particularly to his boyfriend and brothers. Ronan learns how to collaborate with a fellow Dreamer. Hennessy, likewise, learns to trust someone who doesn't "share her face" (who isn't her dream clone). Jordan trusts her own abilities and feelings. Declan can be exacting, but he'd do anything to keep his younger brothers and Jordan away from harm. The two main characters are a White, Irish Catholic young man and a Black British-born woman. Strong LGBTQ+ inclusion.
Violence & Scariness
The Moderators kill the "Zeds" -- those with magical dream abilities, even if they're innocent of doing anything harmful. Gun violence is the most common, but there are also dreamed up horrors that injure, maim, and kill. People die or are incapacitated in various ways. A suicide is remembered in detail.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two different couples flirt, give each other lingering looks, and kiss passionately. Others recall past romantic relationships.
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Occasional: "f--k," "f--king" (nonsexual), "bitch," "s--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," "douchebag," "tits," "balls," "goddamn," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Stiefvater loves to be specific about cars: Volvo, Airstream, Jaguar, etc.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Infrequent scene of adults/college students drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mister Impossible: The Dreamer Trilogy, Book 2 is the middle installment in Maggie Stiefvater's series that's a sequel to The Raven Cycle. Once again, there's everything that makes a Stiefvater novel worth reading: heart-stopping car chases and mind games, a painfully slow-burning romance that burns bright, and a twisty plot that will make the book unputdownable. There's some gruesome violence including some shootouts, executions, and nightmares with the power to injure and kill. Strong language is more common among Ronan and Hennessy than Declan and Jordan ("f--k," "s--t" and "a--hole"). Readers will want to visit Boston art museum the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum or check out the works of painter John Singer Sargent.
Is It Any Good?
This is another immersive and riveting installment in teh author's most popular universe, full of fast cars, fragile young adults who can do the remarkable, and extraordinary brothers and sisters. Maggie Stiefvater is a fabulous storyteller, and even when the threads of the propulsive plot become challenging to predict or follow, she always weaves everything together in a way that leaves readers in a state of awe. This one is only slightly less a pleasure to read than Call Down the Hawk, because it's a middle book that veers into the darkness, relegates fan (and personal) favorite Adam to an unsatisfying small cameo, and takes a lot of twists and turns that could dizzy newer fans.
Ronan, Hennessy, and Bryde's sections can grow overwhelming, so the portions with Declan, Jordan, and Matthew are a welcome respite from the other trio's mind games, anger, and magical single-mindedness. Jordan and Matthew's kinship as Dreams makes their interactions candid and sweet. Declan and Jordan's continued slow-burning romance is delightful and much-needed since Ronan and Adam are still apart (although still ever in each other's thoughts). This is yet another exploration of the author's favorite themes: art, cars, dreams, seemingly unlikeable but painfully loyal people (it's no secret that Ronan is her favorite character and the one she considers the most like her).
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