'The Dreamers' is the new book from American author, Karen Thompson Walker.
What a banger of a book! I really, thoroughly enjoyed it - which is no surprise since her debut ‘The Age Of Miracles’ was one of my favourite reads in 2012. I still think her debut is my favourite, though there’s such cunning & delightful similarities between the two as Thompson-Walker’s preoccupations & themes become clearer.
She really writes a sort of gothic-science horror, and insidious Dystopia to a degree - by plucking out one little thread from our humanity & very existence, to see how we unravel ... in this book it’s a question of: what if all young women in one small town went to sleep, and never woke up? Soooooooo delicious & insidious: just as ‘The Age of Miracles’ slowed the rotation of the Earth to see what cataclysmic repercussions it would have, in ‘The Dreamers’ it’s a slowing and succumbing in individuals and how everything gets upended. A modern 'Sleeping Beauty' meets 'Year of Wonders' by Geraldine Brooks, for similar examinations of isolation during a time of curious plague ...
Highly, highly recommend this sinister & rather sexy read, an almost philosophical “what if?” to keep you up at night.
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Scribner UK; Export/Airside edition (1 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471173577
- ISBN-13: 978-1471173578
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)