Title: John Dreamer
Author: Elise Celine
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Andy wasn’t usually sure about much, but she was absolutely certain this was the weirdest day of her life as she stood stranded in the middle of a great white room with six strangers. Well, they were mostly strangers. She could have sworn she’d seen the guy with the green eyes before, and maybe that was why he kept staring at her.
When a man calling himself the Guardian appeared and said they had come to make their deepest dreams come true, they embark on an adventure none of them ever imagined, and the consequences of their actions would change them forever.
“John Dreamer” is the first in a series of books set in the confines of the Great White Room.
“I walked around again, and had the odd feeling that the place was moving along with me. Every time I tried to get to the other side, the way became longer; if I retraced my steps, I returned to the same spot. Was I in some sort of institution? I felt completely sane, even though everything around me seemed daft. I wanted a mirror so I could see my face. I needed that sense of self.”
As I read this book I complained bitterly to my husband that it was frustrating me, I just wasn’t “getting it!” I felt dense and inadequate, those mind prickling and anxious feelings of self-doubt, that I really don’t like to experience, were cluttering my head. But I had committed to doing a review, so I kept plodding along at it, annoyed with the book and annoyed with myself. The characters in the book were also frustrated and confused, so I was not alone in my distress. Mid-way through, I started finding little jewels and kernels of insight or observations… hmm. But I worried it was merely a fluke, as the story went off again in some weird direction, reminiscent of 60’s movie scenes about a bad acid trip. Yet the book was well written and tightly edited, so why was I having such a problem? Not until the very end of the book, did I realize what a profound and beautiful story it actually was. I was somewhat moved and had to read the last chapter one more time to make sure I really did “get it” and huzzah! I did! I felt so proud, yet was so relieved to be done, and had no desire to read it again. Phew, my college degrees were not wasted after all!
So now I face a dilemma, do I recommend it to our readers? I was frustrated and rankled most of the way through – but it actually was a beautiful story at the end. I have pondered this for days… I have decided not to decide, and will leave that responsibility up to you. Hmm, with decisions like that, I think I might just have a bright future in politics!