The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

 

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

" In Walker's fast-paced, fascinating novel, a California college town is visited by a plague unlike anything seen before: a sleeping sickness, in which victims fall into an eternal sleep that includes vivid dreams. Walker's characters include a pair of preteen sisters and their survivalist father, a couple of professors with a newborn, and the original victim's wallflower roommate... and as they navigate the plague's progression, they (and we) consider what our dreams say about our waking lives. this story is intelligent, suspenseful, and a really fun read."  - Recommended by Erika
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780812994162
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Published: Random House - January 15th, 2019

One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. When a second girl falls asleep, and then a third, Mei finds herself thrust together with an eccentric classmate as panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. A young couple tries to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. Two sisters turn to each other for comfort as their survivalist father prepares for disaster.

Those affected by the illness, doctors discover, are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, higher than has ever been recorded before. They are dreaming heightened dreams—but of what?

Written in luminous prose, The Dreamers is a breathtaking and beautiful novel, startling and provocative, about the possibilities contained within a human life—if only we are awakened to them.