The Vault of Dreamers
Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
Series: Untitled #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Mystery
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding — and what it truly means to dream there.
First Sentence: I missed night.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
The Vault of Dreamers was the book I was majorly wary of. A little under two months before I’ve even read it, I’ve heard and seen a lot of not so good reviews and talk about it. People were DNFing The Vault of Dreamers left and right while others just simply gave the book a low rating. Normally, I wouldn’t have gave The Vault of Dreamers a try after seeing all that, but since the publisher sent me an ARC of the book (thank you Macmillan!), I thought that I should at least give it a chance. In a way, I’m glad I did, but at the same time, I’m sad I gave it a chance too.
“This one?” It was the man’s voice, very soft. “What’s her blip rank?”
“A shame.” (ARC 9)
I was really nervous and skeptical about The Vault of Dreamers, but to my surprise, I really enjoyed the first 20% of the book. The beginning of The Vault of Dreamers was exciting, new, and just caught and kept my attention. I wanted to learn more about the Forge School, more about the competition happening, and I was really invested in Rosie’s character. From that point, The Vault of Dreamers was going to get a solid four stars from me. In fact, I enjoyed the beginning of The Vault of Dreamers so much that I actually thought that this is it! The Vault of Dreamers will finally be the book that makes me the black sheep for a book everyone else didn’t like! However, as I read on, I discovered that sadly, that didn’t happen.
After the competition aspect of the book was over, which is about the 20% mark, things started slowing down drastically. Rosie was just sneaking around, figuring out something was wrong with the school, but doesn’t know what. That happened for about two hundred and fifty long pages; Rosie was just sneaking around, talking to people, and I was just plain bored. When I finally reached the last fifty pages or so, I could care less about the big reveal because 1. I’ve already somewhat figured it out and 2. I was too bored to really care. Even that cliffhanger at the end didn’t help at all and just convinced me not to read the sequel.
“You’re still too good for this place,” he said.
“Go on,” I said, smiling.
“I mean it. Don’t forget that, Rosie,” he said. “Sweet dreams.” (ARC 177)
I am glad to say that The Vault of Dreamers doesn’t have insta-love (I was really afraid it would have insta-love once I met the love interest), but Rosie was immediately attracted and attached to her love interest right from the start. There are no “I love yous” happening yet, but Rosie and her love interest were willing to do almost anything for one another. There are also some hints of a love triangle that might be brewing, but I’m not sure if it’ll actually happen or not with the way The Vault of Dreamers ended.
Overall, I was desperately hoping that I would love The Vault of Dreamers after how much I enjoyed its beginning, but sadly, that didn’t happen. Even its strong beginning can’t convince me to read the sequel since I see it going nowhere I’ll be interested in.