From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Parker Chipp is dying. Dr. Brown confirmed Parker's suspicions that lack of sleep would drive him mad before killing him, but Parker cannot confide in anyone, because who would believe him? Johansson's adult personas are limited by their inability to accept the supernatural and understand the teen experience, both in the form of a ridiculous principal and a concerned yet oblivious mother. Before Mia moved to town, Parker was counting down the days he had left because he's a Watcher: a dream-walker. He is tortured by the dreams of the last person to make eye contact with him, but Mia's dreams offer unexpected respite from his condition; Parker can rest and dream his own dreams while inhabiting Mia's. Unfortunately, his triumph quickly turns sour when she feels violated by his attention, especially when she receives sinister emails, seemingly from Parker. This thriller embraces every conflict imaginable with horrifying results, whether Parker is battling his own good and evil halves, his friends and reputation, or an unseen foe. Insomnia is a suspenseful mystery not entirely resolved at the end, leaving readers biting their nails while waiting for the sequel.-Jamie-Lee Schombs, Loyola School, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Insomnia is the perfect blend of everything I love in a story. Suspense, twists, characters with many levels that make me wonder just how good or just how bad they really are. I highly recommend this book to everyone and I hope a sequel comes soon!"
-- JAMES DASHNER, author of the #1 New York Times Bestselling Maze Runner series.
"Completely unputdownable. I've decided to nickname Johansson 'Scary McScarypants,' because she spooked me in all the best ways. Who do I have to bribe to get book two now?!"
-- CARRIE HARRIS, author of Bad Taste in Boys
"This book plunges you into the waking nightmare of one extraordinary insomniac's life. A riveting story of terror and despair that will keep you up long past your bedtime."
-- JENNIFER BOSWORTH, author of Struck
"Cleverly written and dangerously dark, Insomnia will take you to the brink of insanity. A must read for thriller and romance fans alike."
-- ELANA JOHNSON, author of Possession
Author: J.R. Johansson
Johansson, writing from Parker's point of view, scatters clues and red herrings about. Parker's plight will convince readers, although they will not know if he's innocent or psychotic until the final pages. The ending sets up the sequel in what promises to be an interesting new series.
The premise combines with the tension resulting from Parker's psychological quandary to keep pulses pounding. (Suspense. 12 & up)