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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Series: The Night Walkers (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Flux (June 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738735930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738735931
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Kirkus Review
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)

More About the Author

J.R. JOHANSSON has a B.S. degree in public relations and a background in marketing. She credits her abnormal psychology minor with inspiring many of her characters. When she's not writing, she loves reading, playing board games, and sitting in her hot tub. Her dream is that someday she can do all three at the same time. She has two young sons and a wonderful husband. In fact, other than her cat, Cleo, she's nearly drowning in testosterone. J.R. lives in a valley between majestic mountains and a beautiful lake where the sun shines over 300 days per year.

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If he doesn't sleep soon, Parker will die.
D. R. Weaver
I thought there were a lot of very diverse and interesting characters and I really liked the story line, too.
Lili Lost in a Book
The whole book is full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Maren Washburn

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa on June 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Insomnia by J.R. Johansson
Book One of The Night Watchers series
Publisher: Flux
Publication Date: June 8, 2013
Rating: 5 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

It's been four years since I slept, and I suspect it is killing me.

Instead of sleeping, Parker Chipp enters the dream of the last person he's had eye contact with. He spends his nights crushed by other people's fear and pain, by their disturbing secrets--and Parker can never have dreams of his own. The severe exhaustion is crippling him. If nothing changes, Parker could soon be facing psychosis and even death.

Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. Parker starts going to bizarre lengths to catch Mia's eye every day. Everyone at school thinks he's gone over the edge, even his best friend. And when Mia is threatened by a true stalker, everyone thinks it's Parker.

Suffering blackouts, Parker begins to wonder if he is turning into someone dangerous. What if the monster stalking Mia is him after all?

What I Liked:

I knew I would like this book, but oh my gosh! I loved it so much! I do not usually read these types of books, that are horror-like and creepy. But this book was not overly creepy. If I could handle it, anyone will be able to!

I loved that this book is written completely in a male's first-person point-of-view. We only read Parker's thoughts, which is very different and very fresh, considering the amount of novels in a female'a first-person point-of-view. Parker was fun to follow, and he wasn't crazy and arrogant and cocky like most YA males seem to be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By My Friends Are Fiction on June 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
Actual rating 3.5

The Story:
Insomnia has two story arcs working in tandem. The main arc focused on Parker and his gift (or curse), which will hopefully carry through the entire series. Why does he have this ability? And how did he come about having it? I was so intrigued with this aspect of Parker's story. Sadly, I wasn't given the answers I wanted, which left me eager for the next book.

The secondary, smaller arc focused on the mystery surrounding Mia's stalker which is fully concluded in the first book. Johansson created an incredible amount of suspense that had me questioning what was happening as much as Parker. But, by the time I got to the ending I was a little let down because, to me, it felt rushed and a bit forced. Granted, I didn't see it coming but it didn't feel right.

The Characters:
Parker is a complicated character and since Insomnia is told in first person we only know what he knows. This allowed me to be fully immersed in the mystery and questioning what Parker was responsible for. Johansson was able to transport the reader into the framework of his world. I felt sleep deprived, just as he did, as I read. I was very impressed that she was able to capture this feeling of insanity and barely holding on to what is real and what isn't.

It was hard to keep reading as the story progressed because of how far Parker takes his need to see Mia every night before he slept. It was creepy and uncomfortable to take that journey with him. I found myself liking him less and less and wondering if he was ever going to make it out of his downward spiral. I didn't feel like I saw that much character growth from him but I think this will be addressed in the next books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deniz on June 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition

Oh this book was so so close to 5 stars for me. It's in so many parts so brilliant. But somehow I felt a bit let down by the solutions at the end. And when I started thinking about this, somehow several issues kept creeping up... hence I rounded it down. Still a really great book.

The idea behind it all? Absolutely brilliant! I might be a wee bit biased though, because I have problems sleeping. Which is actually one of the reasons the book drew my interest. In on of my insomnia spouts I saw the title on Netgalley. And HAD to find out what this was about. The blurb sounded interesting and the book actually exceed my expectation. At least most of it did.

The plot is really well paced. I found myself thinking that several times while I was reading it actually. Johansson really got that right. She dwelled where it was necessary and moved on when not much was happening. Besides the entire dream-walker idea there was the stalker mystery going on. And while I had the villain pinned right from the beginning, I did get thrown off my tracks and started wondering if Parker might not be guilty. But the whole mystery unraveled at the end and though I wasn't surprised, it felt a bit too generic.
I mean this book is one level really different. But when it comes down to plot... well not so much.

The entire book is told from Parker's POV. Naturally we get to know him rather well. I really liked Parker and his internal dilemmas. Though when he decided to be the good guy- or rather to give up -I felt like slapping him. I could really relate to him, his fears and his insecurities are so well written and were is easy to relate. His sleep deprivation so well described, I started wondering if Johansson is a fellow insomniac.
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