Dare to Dream
Author: Carys Jones
Genre: Science Fiction/ Apocalyptic
Publisher: REUTS Publications, LLC
“The world was going to end. Of that, Maggie Trafford was certain.”
Fourteen-year-old Maggie Trafford leads a normal life. Well, as normal as being crammed in a three-bedroom house with four siblings and a single parent can be, anyway. But despite being somewhat ignored at home, Maggie excels, earning top grades, a best friend who would do anything for her, and stolen looks from a boy in Maths.
It’s not until the dreams start that Maggie realizes “normal” is the least of her problems. Every night, she lives the same nightmare—red lightning, shattered glass, destruction. But nightmares are just that, right? No one believes her when she says it’s an omen. At least, not until the already mysterious pillars of Stonehenge start falling.
No longer alone in her fear, Maggie and the world watch with bated breath as one after another, the historic stones tumble, like a clock counting down. But only Maggie knows what it means: when the last stone falls, destruction will reign. And when the world ends, there’s only one option left—survive.
Horrifying and raw, Dare to Dream is equal parts tragedy and hope, detailing the aftermath of apocalyptic catastrophe, the quest for survival, and the importance of belief.
Oh my sour skittles. This book surprised me. I had medium expectations for this book and it really took me aback. I loved this book. I don’t read many science fiction books but this one was incredible. We went on many adventures with this book, many dangerous ones in fact. We met a bunch of amazing characters and some REALLY terrible ones at that. There were many factor when it came to this book. There was contemporary, science fiction, apocalyptic, ad paranormal factors all over the place. The story itself is about a girl that has these nightmares about the end of the world. Cliche? Not really, sure it does sound that way based on the blurb but it really isn’t. This book was very unique to me and I have to give the author props to that. Some books can have some things that you see in other books similar to them but I couldn’t relate any other book that I have ever read to this book.
Maggie, she is our main protagonist. This book is told from many POV’s but she is the main lead in this book. She is the one that is having the nightmares about the end of the world and she thinks that she should do something about. At first she was a bit skeptical if they were just nightmares or if its really going to happen. I mean who wouldn’t? She has many problems facing her other than the fact that she is one of the only people in the world that knows that the end is near. Her dad let her when she was little, her mom is a drunk idiot (We’ll talk about her more later), and she is the middle child of 5. Thats a lot of pressure for a 14 year old girl. Yet she does have an awesome best friend named Dawn and Dawn knows that Maggie sis telling the truth when no one else believes her. I admire Maggie, she has a lot of stuff on her plate but she doesn’t let that get to her.
Lets talk about the mother, because most of the sticky notes that I put inside the book was about the mother. She was the most annoying characters that I have ever read about. Both her and her ex-husband. Only cares about herself, not her children, their lives, just HER. Once Maggie skipped school she didn’t care where she went or is she was okay. She cared if she would get the blame for it…..WHAT THE SKITTLES IS WRONG WITH YOU. Maggie is always talking about she can’t trust her mom alone with a wine cellar, and it’s funny to think that the mother cares about only herself yet she drone herself with alcohol. Maggie wants to leave her. She really does, but it’s her mom. Yet her mom is one of the people that doesn’t believe her. Maggie tells her mom about her nightmares every single day. Does she care? Nope, she cares of what people would think of her when they find out her daughter is crazy.
So overall, I really liked the concept and the story itself. I would recommend this to many many people. Yet you do need to give this book a chance. It might seem cliche, but trust me it wasn’t. On Goodreads it doesn’t say if this is one in a series, but i’m 99% sure that this book is going to be in a series. So I am soooo excited for the second book when it does come. I really hope that you guys could read it. I had fun reading this book. It was fast paced, and even though there are some factors that are a bit of a downer I really loved this book.