Book Conversation: The Vault of Dreamers + Giveaway

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Book Conversation: The Vault of Dreamers + GiveawayThe Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien
Series: The Vault of Dreamers #1
Published by Macmillan on September 16th 2014
Pages: 432
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The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the ridges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.  From Caragh M. O'Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes the first book in a new series, The Vault of Dreamers, a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

Kate: What do you want to discuss first when it comes to The Vault of Dreamers? Do you want to start with the world and the school?

Kristen: Yes, I loved the setup; let’s go with that to start off.

Kate: I did once I knew what was going on; the beginning was a little weird for me because they kept talking about their ‘blip rank’, but it took a couple chapters for the book to really go into detail with what was going on.

Kristen: It reminded me a bit of anime/manga which throws you right into the plot without any context. I enjoyed the concept of a school mixed in with reality TV, although I thought it was strange Rosie wasn’t trying all that hard to improve her blip rank until the last day.

Kate: And with a lot of added help from not only our love interest Linus.

Kristen: Yes, it played out a little strange because she literally took all of his advice – on the spot – without too much overthinking from her point of view. It was like she hadn’t even considered how to improve her rank until that very second.

Kate: Rosie was quite dense at times.

Kristen: I like that Burnham called her out on what she did to gain popularity after she made the cut – feeling used for her popularity.

Kate: Didn’t you feel like his involvement with Rosie was a set up for a love triangle?

Kristen: Yes, but it obviously didn’t work out for a variety of reasons and plot points.

Kate: Right, but I liked that it dangled the idea and then pulled it back, like the author was saying “Just kidding!”.

Kristen: I agree – it was nice the book didn’t go down that road for once. Speaking of characters, what did you think of Rosie?

Kate: She had her ups and downs as a character. I felt like that once I was starting to like her, she had a really dense and naïve moment that threw me off. What did you think about Linus, her boy toy?

Kristen: I could feel the attraction between the two of them from the beginning. I liked that Linus was fairly genuine and almost asked her to abuse him romantically to get ratings even though he did not know her that well in person – just from the show.

Kate: I liked that I never really knew what to think about him – you knew who he worked for, but could you trust him or not was always a question up in the air.

Kristen: I think Linus played a big role in the mystery and it was nice to see he had a purpose behind handsome love interest.

Kate: The only thing that threw me off about the book was the ending, I’m not really sure what happened and even reread it a couple times.

Kristen: I think it will be interesting to see where it takes off in the next book. I guess we will have to read the next one when it comes out.

Kate: Agreed.

Join in on the conversation, have you read The Vault of Dreamers? What were your thoughts?

Caragh M. O’Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O’Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA from Johns Hopkins University. She recently resigned from teaching high school English in order to write young adult novels. Find out more about her on her website.

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15 responses to “Book Conversation: The Vault of Dreamers + Giveaway

  1. I’m in the middle of the book right now and I am having all the same reactions as you guys! lol Rosie is at turns deep and dense. I am not sure what I think of it right now, other than sometimes teenagers can be kind of sloppy when trying to figure out who they are.

    I took that Rosie really didn’t fully grasp the reality of the reality TV part of it until she was about to be kicked off. She just wanted the education and was focused on it until all of the sudden it was getting ready to be taken away.

  2. Vivien

    I really enjoyed this author’s first series. I’ve had this on my radar for months. Glad to hear a positive reaction!

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