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Laura comes from a world similar to our own except for one difference: it is next to the Place, an unfathomable land that fosters dreams of every kind and is inaccessible to all but a
select few, the Dreamhunters. These are individuals with special gifts: the ability to catch larger-than-life dreams and relay them to audiences in the magnificent dream palace, the Rainbow
Opera. People travel from all around to experience the benefits of the hunters' unique visions. Now fifteen-year-old Laura and her cousin Rose, daughters of Dreamhunters, are eligible to test
themselves at the Place and find out whether they qualify for the passage. But nothing can prepare them for what they are about to discover. For within the Place lies a horrific secret kept
hidden by corrupt members of the government. And when Laura's father, the man who discovered the Place, disappears, she realizes that this secret has the power to destroy everyone she loves . . .   In the midst of a fascinating landscape, Laura's dreamy childhood is ending and a nightmare beginning. This rich novel, filled with beauty, danger, politics, and intrigue, comes to a powerful crescendo, leaving readers clamoring for Book Two.
Dreamhunter is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780374318536
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 365 p. : map ; 24 cm.


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Apr 27, 2011

Loved this book, and its sister Dreamquake. A little hard to get into at first, maybe because of the writing style? But perseverance paid off, and the story really pulls you in. I also loved the setting, a kind of art-deco steampunk-y dreamlike alternate history New Zealand (or at least that's how I saw it in my mind!). Great for both adults and teens, too.

Feb 08, 2011

Dreamhunter turned out much better then I expected it to. What really sold it for me was the originality of the plot, after reading soooo many fantasy novels a lot of ideas have been stretched thin. Dreamhunter has an entirely modern yet old-fashioned quality to it and I find the characters enduring. Elizabeth Knox's writing style is just discontinued enough to get the readers attention at key points but smooth enough to keep her audience reading.

Dec 21, 2010

This book was fantastic! My husband and daughter love it, too. The author created another world that seemed familiar (and somewhat like Australia or New Zealand) yet different in crucial ways. The characters were all people I would like to meet, and I found myself longing to enter The Place.

Aug 24, 2010

First of a two part series: the plot had a lot of potential. unfortunately it was never developed quite properly - it seemed to be lacking the stuff that makes really great novels great - it seemed at times rather plodding, pedantic, too thought out and not "flowy" enough for my taste. As well, I felt that there was something 'off', something not quite believable about the main human characters especially how the author tried to develop the main character but couldn't seem to pinpoint how a 16-year-old girl would act, writing a character that waffled from a naive waif to a girl in a very serious relationship...
Adequate, amusing read, but would not seek out more titles by this author or read again.


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