Louie Taylor, a twelve-year-old boy, meets a man on a playground in his dream. The man always wears a blue suit and keeps his distance from Louie. Days later, the man finally walks up to Louie and starts a conversation.
Louie realises that the man in a blue suit is his father (who died when Louie was a baby). Soon, the duo start to meet often and Louie longs to go to Dreamland so that he can meet his father. Things get murkier when Louie realises that he cannot escape from ‘Dreamland’.
Dreamland comes under the genre YA/Horror. The story is pretty good and don’t worry about the ‘horror’ part because there aren’t any creepy crawlies that will keep you awake at night.
Louie is a clever lad who lives with his mum. His mum is emotionally distant. He knows that Phil is more than ‘just a friend’ to his mum. When Louie starts to visit Dreamland in his dreams, he finds some respite from his mundane life.
The man in blue suit is friendly, charming and manages to pique Louie’s interest in Astronomy. Halfway through the story, there’s a twist – a paranormal activity followed by a nightmare!
The writing is very simple and easy to read. I do not want to comment much on the writing as this is a translated work. But I would like to say that some emotions weren’t captured well during the translation – as is the case with many translated works so I am going to ignore this niggle.
The author says Dreamland can be read by kids 12 and above. I haven’t read a lot of YA books but I feel that this story might not be suited for all. There’s struggles in life, loss, emotionally distant parent and much more – not something that I would have read at the age of 12.
Nevertheless, the story does have a strong message in the end. Dreamland is a story about struggles, learning to let go and believing in oneself. This was definitely a different read for me. Unique and interesting quick read. If you like to experiment with different genres, then you might want to give this book a try.
My Rating: 4/5
Title: Dreamland: A Magical Ghost Story
Author: Nick Clausen
Published on: 19th March 2019
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.