Here is the summary of the book:
Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person’s dream more than once. Dea has never questioned her mother, not about the rules, not about the clocks or the mirrors, not about moving from place to place to be one step ahead of the unseen monsters that Dea’s mother is certain are right behind them.
Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town and Dea finally starts to feel normal. As Connor breaks down the walls that she’s had up for so long, he gets closer to learning her secret. For the first time she wonders if that’s so bad. But when Dea breaks the rules, the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate. How can she know what’s real and what’s not?
Inception in a Young Adult paranormal package ..... Thats how I would categorize Robert L Anderson's first book. Odea Donahue can walk dreams since she has known how to. That's a nice take on the concept. But she has to follow 3 sets of rules in order to do so - Never be seen, Never walk the same person's dream more than once and Never interfere. So far so good but then mysterious new boy Connor comes to town and Dea just can't help but be attracted to him as he unknowingly pulls her walls down.
Starts out too slow. It takes its sweet time to gather its momentum, Dreamland proved to be an inquisitive experience Poor Dea never really knew the origins of her ability, leading a hard life in the process. Too confused of her origins and powers when push comes to shove. While she is no damsel in distress, she was too ignorant. But characters aside, the dreams and the dreamworld were some pretty cool additions to the plot. No one really knows the exact science of dreams so it was a great addition by Anderson.
And as far as a first book is considered, Dreamland can be categorized as a good stepping stone but not quite there yet. Even with its dreams and marvelous parallel dream worlds, the pacing is overshot. It takes too long to establish its roots and aside from Odea none of the other characters get much room to flourish. I liked the ending, felt rushed but I liked it. While i'm mixed about this book, I definitely wouldn't mind a sequel if it is in the roster. Nonetheless, Dreamland was an entertaining read.
"Inception in YA paranormalia"