Book Review: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
Title & Author: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
Genre: Young Adult Fiction – Fantasy (Mythology)
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Series: 2st book in a trilogy
How I Got the Book: ARC via HarperTeen
As the only Scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.
Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out—a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies’ cry for blood is growing louder.
As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen’s sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.
Josephine Angelini’s compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestselling STARCROSSED delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds expectation.”
WARNING!! This review includes spoilers for Starcrossed! Read with caution!
Left Me Dreamless
With Helen trying to save the Scions by descending into the Underworld every night, Dreamless is action-packed and exciting the whole way through.The story picks up right where Starcrossed left off: Helen and Lucas are reeling with the knowledge that they’re cousins and Helen is trying to save the Scions by looking for a way to stop the Furies from invoking rage among the Scions.
I really appreciated that Dreamless didn’t get soft. Helen is still facing a million problems – some of which include dealing with being attracted to someone she’s related to, struggling with feelings for someone new (hello Orion!) and coping with like a month of no sleep (when she descends into the Underworld, Helen isn’t really sleeping). Her problems don’t get resolved easily, and watching her find the solutions was interesting and engaging.
Btw, I didn’t see this other guy Orion coming at all. He’s a really great character though, and I’m DYING to see what happens in the third book in the trilogy, Goddess.
Side note: Everyone in this book is really ridiculously good-looking. I’m not upset by it…it’s just unfair. 🙂
Angelini’s style of writing – sort of the omniscient third person perspective – is still present in Dreamless and just like in Starcrossed, I enjoyed how she told the story. As the reader, you get a sense of what everyone’s thinking at times and an extra bit of things the characters may not even know.
Mythology is for Lovers
The thing I like the best about Dreamless is the mythology. With mythology becoming a super popular sub-genre in young adult fiction, I like how authentic Angelini keeps the story. Obviously, she changed and added things to the classic mythological stories, and I loved it…and am also blissfully unaware of the nuances, as I’ve forgotten almost everything I learned in high school about the topic.
In Dreamless, we meet some new characters like Ares, Eris and Terror (the gods of war, chaos and panic) and this weird ant being, Automedon. Weirdos fo sho. But awesomely awful weirdos.
As for that love triangle I alluded to earlier, it definitely worked for me. There was the right of tension and confusion to make it work. Plus, I actually really like Lucas and Orion! Usually, I only really like one, but I dunno guys, this is a serious toss up!
Dreamless is a reader’s dream: a sequel that’s suspenseful, fast and heart-pumping. I really, really enjoyed this book, and I definitely recommend reading Dreamless pronto (and Starcrossed too if you haven’t already).