From School Library Journal
Grade 8 Up–Josh Cope, a dreamy, gadget-obsessed 12-year-old, is chosen, with friend Baz, to work at an old company called Gippart. The boys are teamed up with Theresa, and the three enter its trading zone, called umaya
is the collective unconscious of humankind, and Gippart has discovered the secret of physically entering it and selling fantastic goods and concepts. The three young people are soon trapped in there, which starts a multilevel, action-crammed plot. They are hunted by a ghost-made-flesh and her accompanying guardian angel. Two Gippart employees who also want to use them for personal gain track them. Josh and friends are stuck in a repeating pattern so that whenever they fall asleep, they travel backwards in umaya
time. They realize their actual goal: to right an ancient wrong committed by company founders. This is a lengthy tale with an extremely complicated setup. Readers who commit themselves to it will be well rewarded; the intricate plot is deep and gratifying. Despite the sprawling, fast-paced action, it's a personal story; nightmarish monsters plague the heroes, and each one must make a momentous decision or slay a private demon before returning home. This novel speaks to the art of storytelling, the conflict-filled history of the world, and the nature of greed and selfishness. While the ideas translate beautifully from the Dutch, dialogue is occasionally stilted. This book may require some hand-selling, but it's worth the effort.–Sarah Couri, New York Public Library
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