Parents' Guide to

Strange the Dreamer

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fiercely imaginative, lushly told fantasy for mature teens.

Book Laini Taylor Fantasy 2017
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Warning -- mass rape is part of the theme of the book

Part of the premise of the book is the oppression of the mystical city of "Weep" by six blue-skinned "Gods" (beings with magical powers) who use their powers to force the population into sexual service -- they use the people of Weep for sex and have thousands of offspring from them -- they selectively take the people of Weep up into their floating fortress city and use them up there, collect the offspring, and then wipe the people's memories before returning them to the city. I thought this sort of mass rape and sexual exploitation was too dark for a young adult book and there is no hint of this on the book jacket. The magic in the book is original and it has fantastic character development for the main lead. Very vivid character (Strange) and he grows considerably throughout the book.

This title has:

Too much sex
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Is It Any Good?

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Here's every fantasy lover's dream: a fiercely imaginative, lushly told story with fantastic and complex characters full of yearning. The biggest success of many in Strange the Dreamer is how palpable main character Lazlo Strange's yearning is -- for knowledge, for adventure, for connection, for a foreign land he has never really seen. His yearning is so palpable that when he works up the courage to make his dreams a reality, to find a way to visit the fabled city of Weep, you can't help but cheer out loud. (Maybe don't read that part in public if you embarrass easily.)

From there the story is still full of surprises we won't spoil here. Taylor even keeps the foreign adventurers in the dark about what they will find on the other side of the desert and why they are summoned to help the city of Weep. It builds some fabulous tension and is far from the last surprise of this story. As readers reach the twisty ending, they'll be full of yearning for the sequel.

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