Title: John Dreamer
Author: Elise Celine
Published: February 1st, 2014
Rating: 2/5 stars
Andy wasn’t usually sure about much, but she was absolutely certain this was the weirdest day of her life as she stood stranded in the middle of a great white room with six strangers. Well, they were mostly strangers. She could have sworn she’d seen the guy with the green eyes before, and maybe that was why he kept staring at her.
When a man calling himself the Guardian appeared and said they had come to make their deepest dreams come true, they embark on an adventure none of them ever imagined, and the consequences of their actions would change them forever.
“John Dreamer” is the first in a series of books set in the confines of the Great White Room.
*Many thanks to AuthorBuzz for the free review copy via Netgalley*
(MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD)
“John Dreamer” is more optimistic than most of the books I usually read, but that wasn’t what I didn’t like about it. The writing was good as well, but the plot drove me bonkers along side my dislike for the main characters. Alongside six other teens with their six chairs our MC, Andy (or Andrea), finds herself in a strange white room.
What bothered me the most about the plot was it’s repetitiveness. It started off good enough, as I had no idea what was happening but then it took a turn for the worse. One sequence of events begins repeating itself. First one of the teenagers is taken away, then the Guardian shows up acts superior and a task is completed in which someone else disappears. It was predictable every single time apart from the very first time and none of the characters seemed to understand what was happening. They thought many situations were real until the end of said situation and didn’t use what they had learned in the next situation.
Andy, the main character, also fell in love with John Dreamer within eight and a half seconds, a fact she openly admits too. It was insta-love at it’s worst and I felt insta-nnoyed right away. It was in her POV for the entire book as well, so I had to deal with my disliking of her until it randomly changed. It didn’t even change to John’s POV, which might have made a bit more sense, it changed to the bully’s to show his perspective.
In my opinion the way the story was structured and the annoying array of cliches made it a very juvenile read. The author didn’t seem able to make up her mind on what to do at some points, and that being said, I can’t really recommend reading this.