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Dreamquake (The Dreamhunter Duet, Book 2) Hardcover – February 20, 2007

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Series: Dreamhunter Duet (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (February 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374318549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374318543
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,405,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—This title begins where Dreamhunter (Farrar, 2006) left off, and is written in the same detailed, eloquent prose. Dreamhunter Laura Hame has just inflicted the sleeping patrons at the Rainbow Opera dream palace with a nightmare that blows a government conspiracy wide open. Now everyone knows about the sickening, horrific dreams used by Cas Doran and his Regulatory Body to control prison convicts. But mysteries remain about the origins of The Place, the invisible geographic area a rare dreamhunter is able to enter for the purpose of acquiring dreams, and Doran's secret railroad being built there. As Laura and her family attempt to uncover secrets and bring Doran to justice, they deal with internal divisions about the right course of action to take. Passions run deep between these complicated characters, and Knox beautifully portrays a family dynamic infused with genuine affection. Laura's tender relationship with her Sandman, a creature she created, is further developed and becomes an integral piece in the puzzle of The Place. The reality that is ultimately revealed catches readers by surprise yet manages to tie all loose ends together in an emotionally satisfying way. Richly layered and thoroughly enthralling, Knox's literary duet is a unique blend of fantasy and history that stands out as a stunning achievement in recent young adult literature.—Emily Rodriguez, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
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From Booklist

*Starred Review* Knox's Dreamhunter (2006) deserved the widespread notice it received. This companion is just as good, making the resulting Dreamhunter Duet an organic whole that will be considered among youth fantasy's most significant recent works. Returning readers will quickly recall the complexities of Southland's turn-of-the-century reality, as Knox eases background into opening scenes describing 15-year-old Laura Hame's "act of spectral terror"--the novice dreamhunter's misguided protest against governmental exploitation of dreams. Her methods may have been crude, but her close-knit extended family rallies to investigate the questions at the heart of her action: Are the dreams harvested in the unearthly Place actually communicable memories? Are they "drug[s] of idleness," tools for mind control, or harmless, even healing entertainments? Underlying the mystery are larger coming-of-age themes: cousin Rose's participation in a debutante ball plays with notions of decorative femininity, while Laura's consuming attachment to magical "sandman" Nown seems a safe projection of her sexual desire (eventually satisfied, though not graphically depicted) for her human suitor, Sandy. The logic supporting the book's most metaphysical twists isn't always transparent, but like a poem whose images signal potent untapped meanings, Knox's haunting, invigorating storytelling will leave readers eager to return to its puzzles--and to reap its rewards. Jennifer Mattson
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Customer Reviews

Looking forward to reading and sharing Book Five.
Rhonda Bennett
Starting things off to tie up loose ends left by the predecessor, Dreamquake takes the characters we grew to know and love and intensifies everything.
Other readers, also fairly, feel that the books can and do work well as individual pieces of prose.
Miss Print

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on June 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
On St. Lazarus's Eve, numerous people attend the Rainbow Palace where they look forward to experiencing Homecoming, a favorite dream caught by renowned dreamhunter Grace Tiebold. However, Grace has been feeling anxious due to the recent disappearance of her brother-in-law, Tizga Hame, and how it has affected the Hame-Tiebold family. She arranges to have George Mason, Southland's best Soporif, join her in the presentation and help her fall asleep.

What is supposed to be a refreshing, peaceful dream quickly becomes a terrifying nightmare. The Rainbow Palace and nearby residences of Founderston experience Buried Alive, which conveys the terror convicts face. Amidst the terrible chaos, a mysterious figure flees the dream palace carrying a girl --- Laura Hame.

The Dream Regulatory Body and the Body of Commission begin an intense investigation in which the dreamhunters are questioned and then allowed to go back in the Place to overwrite the terrible master dream. Laura is sequestered in the Temple until it's safe for her once again, while the rest of the family uncover secrets of their own. Rose finds plans for a railway being built into the Place, its purpose unknown. Chorley discovers some startling messages, while Grace tries to understand her family and the society she thought she knew.

There are many great changes to come for the Hame-Tiebold family. Rose and Laura are growing up but taking very different paths in life. Rose is at school and is a debutante, a role that she both relishes and despises. There is also her friendship with Mamie Doran, who, despite her wealthy lifestyle, is lost and unhappy --- partly resulting from her father's growing need to maintain his public image no matter what the cost.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharlene T on February 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet opens in the chaos that ends the first book. It's a little hard to understand if you haven't read the first book, but essentially, Laura Hame's protest against the government's exploitation of dreams, in the form of a terrible nightmare, has shocked the patrons of the dream palace. The story follows not just Laura but her cousin Rose and her aunt, renowned dreamhunter Grace Tiebold, in the confusion that follows, as well as the government's investigation into the protest. I won't give any more of the plot away, especially if you haven't read the first one (go read it!!), but there are so many changes ahead for Laura Hame and her family, as they uncover the secrets of the Place and work to expose corrupt politicians. So there's some politicking, some adventures in the Place (where dreams are captured), some romance, and great family relationships.

It's hard to really tell you about this book. I don't want to give away anything and yet at the same time, want to encourage you to read it! Can't I just say, `read this! read this!' and let that be enough? Probably not. So let's see here....

Dreamquake was a completely engrossing read, with some rather genius plot developments that unveil intriguing ideas. I love that this series was a two-parter, as sometimes a middle book can get bogged down with explanations and details. Instead, with a duet, Knox was able to plunge the reader back into the scene and fall back in with those familiar characters. As I turned the last page, part of me hated that I had to leave this fascinating world of Laura Hame's behind, but Dreamquake offered such a satisfying conclusion that it quenched my thirst, but also left me eager to read more by the amazing Elizabeth Knox.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss Print VINE VOICE on June 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I don't make a habit of rereading books. And yet I have wanted to reread not one, but two books in the past month almost as soon as I completed my first reading. They were that good.

The first of these two extraordinary books was Dreamhunter by New Zealand author Elizabeth Knox (alternately known as The Rainbow Opera in the UK). The second, and perhaps this isn't a great surprise, was Dreamquake also by Elizabeth Knox. Together, these titles create The Dreamhunter Duet.

Dreamquake (which I believe is more appropriately called The Dream Quake in England) is the second book of Knox's Dreamhunter Duet and was a 2008 Printz Award Honor Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults in 2008.

There is a lot I want to say about this book, but first I have to say a bit about how the duet actually works. Some readers feel strongly, and fairly, that the Duet cannot be read in isolation (that is the two books cannot stand alone). Other readers, also fairly, feel that the books can and do work well as individual pieces of prose. I actually agree with both viewpoints.

Personally, I think both books stand alone. Knox is a good enough writer that either book feels like a complete read. The opening of Dreamquake adequately explains the events of the first book so that readers won't be lost or bored. At the same time, having seen both parts of the Duet in person, I have to say they really are one book. Just looking at the book design-the first book has a prologue while the second includes the epilogue and a glossary-I realized that Dreamhunter and Dreamquake are more like two parts of one story (what I often call companion books in this blog) than two stories directly following each other (what I would call sequel books).
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