Saturday, December 7, 2019

Sleeper by MacKenzie Cadenhead

26059415. sy475 Sleeper is a YA science fiction book. Sarah suffers from REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, which makes her act out her dreams, endangering herself and others. The experiential drug Drexid paralyses her when she sleeps, so she cannot hurt others anymore. However, this new drug allows her to jump into people's bodies when they are dreaming. This new power lets her have fun and get back at the bullies who taunt her- but soon the path of revenge threatens her sanity and those she loves most.

Sleeper is a very strange and, at times, disturbing book. I was hooked from the first sentence! I enjoyed reading it and there were definitely some scenes where my pulse was racing in fear. I liked how it contained elements of addiction and is very relevant with the opioid epidemic. Despite the very stressful and high paced book, I was very happy with the ending and was surprised to find calmness and satisfaction with no unanswered questions.

Sarah's character had some of the most internal conflict I've ever read. On one hand, she has this great power and has the chance to do right the people who wronged her, but deep down she knows what she is doing is wrong. She also has an abusive boyfriend who is a very bad influence, and I enjoyed seeing her struggle to do right and wrestle with the guilt of her actions.

I highly recommend this book!

Title: Sleeper
Author: Mackenzie Cadenhead
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 272
Series: No
Rating: 5 Stars

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