Riley’s finding that the afterlife can be a lonely place when all you do is focus on work. So she goes to the place where dreams happen, hoping to find a way to contact her sister, Ever. She meets the director, who tells her about the two ways to send dreams. As a Dream Jumper, a person can jump into a dreamer’s dream, share a message, and participate. As a Dreamweaver, an entire dream can be created in a studio and sent to the dreamer. But Dreamweaving was outlawed decades ago, and the studio was boarded up. Thinking it’s her only way to reach out to her sister, Riley goes in search of the old studio. There she finds a ghost boy, who’s been creating and sending nightmares to people for years. In order to stop him and reach out to Ever, Riley is going to have to confront and overcome her own fears.
Very rarely do I enjoy books in a series more than the first one, but Dreamland, the third book in the Riley Bloom series, is the best by far. Perhaps my greater enjoyment of this book was a result of listening to the superb audiobook narrator, or maybe it was just because Riley's growth as a character and her humility is beginning to make her more likeable. I'm looking forward to reading the 4th book in the series.
Kathleen McInerney, the narrator of the audiobook, has a beautiful voice that possesses the perfect youthful tone to it that made it believable but not so youthful that it was annoying.
Dreamland by Alyson Noel
Audiobook narrator: Kathleen McInerney
Published: September 13, 2011 by Square Fish and Macmillan Audio
Audiobook length: 4 hours, 50 minutes
Audience: Middle grade