December 5, 2013

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Dream Thieves
by Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Press

It doesn’t take more than a look at Ronan and people know.  There are terrors in his mind.  Normally, they confine themselves to his dreams but then the Night Horrors follow him into the light of day.

This is Book #2 in The Raven Cycle Trilogy.  Book #1, The Raven Boys, was a Printz Honor book and it is easy to see why.  The characters are gritty and real and 100% compelling.  Reading Book #1 first isn’t essential to understanding Book #2, but it is such a great read that you are going to want to read it.  Why not pick it up first?

The Dream Thieves again focuses on the Raven Boys — Gansey, born to a life of privilege; Adam, tortured by an abusive past and the possibilities for his future; Noah, an actual ghost; and Ronan, dark, dangerous and honest to the core.  Although the boys are still looking for the legendary Welsh King, Owen Glendower, this quest is often pushed aside for more pressing concerns.

The channel of energy, call it a lay line or a fairy road, that runs through the small Virginia town of Henrietta is fluctuating.  One minute, it is blowing the electricity.  The next, the power ebbs and Noah disappears.  What is causing this fluctuation and what does it mean for Noah?

Then there is the Gray Man, an assassin who has been sent to Henrietta to find something.  He knows it is something mystical, something that allows dream objects to become real.  What he doesn’t know, at least right away, is that it isn’t a thing.  It is a who.  Will this assassin turn kidnapper?

Adam wants to help his friends, but he has problems of his own.  He is seeing people who aren’t there.  First a scared looking woman.  Then a man in a bowler hat.  Then comes the morning that he wakes up alongside the highway.  How did he get there and why can’t he control what is happening?

It is incredibly difficult to summarize Stiefvater’s books because they are delicious complex.  One thread effects another and the two together impact yet a third.

Teens will love this complexity of plot as well as the complexity of the characters.  The good aren’t all good.  The bad have redeeming qualities and life is, in all honesty, a struggle no matter what your circumstances.


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