Review: Dare to Dream by Carys Jones
“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.
One words to describe this book, potential. This book had so much potential, I read the synopsis, saw the cover and fell in love. This book was definitely up my alley. Unfortunately the book was extremely scattered. I would be reading about Maggie (the main character) and suddenly it would jump to the newscaster, then to her mother, then to her father, than to Andy, then back to Maggie. As I was reading about the newscaster I honestly thought why is this important? How is this relevant to the story? And eventually, I concluded it wasn’t relevant at all.
The entire story progressed like this, and I wish someone would have told the author to pick a focus and stick to it. In addition, I have never read such characters that I hated to the point that I wish someone would have killed them or that they never would have been written. In the case of Maggie’s abusive, drunk of a mother, I hated her. I loathed her, I wish she would have died because no one should have to suffer with such a miserable mother. So these aside the book had a ton of untapped potential. The plot line was great, Stonehenge’s fall and foreshadow an incoming apocalypse. Maggie has dreams that show the apocalypse and eventually what she must do to survive. Unfortunately, a great plot couldn’t save this for me.
BUY THE BOOK: