Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox concludes the Dreamhunter Duet (in a starred review, PW wrote of the launch title, Dreamhunter, "This fully imagined world will surely lure readers back for multiple readings"). Laura, daughter of Tziga Hame, the original dreamhunter who went missing in the first book, is determined to reenact a dream for the upper echelons of society that will reveal how the government is manipulating dreams in order to brainwash its citizens. But in so doing, she opens up a war for control of the Place, the source of dreams. (FSG/Foster, $19 464p ages 12-up ISBN 978-0-374-31854-3; Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Gr 9 Up-This title begins where Dreamhunter (Farrar, 2006) left off, and is written in the same detailed, eloquent prose. Dreamhunter Laura Hame has just inflicted the sleeping patrons at the Rainbow Opera dream palace with a nightmare that blows a government conspiracy wide open. Now everyone knows about the sickening, horrific dreams used by Cas Doran and his Regulatory Body to control prison convicts. But mysteries remain about the origins of The Place, the invisible geographic area a rare dreamhunter is able to enter for the purpose of acquiring dreams, and Doran's secret railroad being built there. As Laura and her family attempt to uncover secrets and bring Doran to justice, they deal with internal divisions about the right course of action to take. Passions run deep between these complicated characters, and Knox beautifully portrays a family dynamic infused with genuine affection. Laura's tender relationship with her Sandman, a creature she created, is further developed and becomes an integral piece in the puzzle of The Place. The reality that is ultimately revealed catches readers by surprise yet manages to tie all loose ends together in an emotionally satisfying way. Richly layered and thoroughly enthralling, Knox's literary duet is a unique blend of fantasy and history that stands out as a stunning achievement in recent young adult literature.-Emily Rodriguez, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.