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Insomnia (The Night Walkers) Paperback – June 8, 2013
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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.
Author: J.R. Johansson
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The premise (and that snazzy cover) alone are powerful enough to make me giddy, but it's Parker and his best friend Finn who kept me reading. Parker isn't particularly noteworthy by himself but my sympathy for his predicament is enough to make up for that. (I mean, it's only natural to be a little deficient in personality when you haven't slept in four years. I start losing charm when I go without sleep for more than four hours, but I digress.) And Finn is a good-natured, laid back weirdo, and they're both dudes (there aren't enough male POVs in YA!). Enough said.
I wasn't expecting the romance that blossomed in this novel, but I actually supported it for once! Although there were some scenes that may have foreshadowed it, I'm glad that the author avoided the creepy tendency to put stalker guys on a pedestal, with the victim of his stalking falling madly in love with him. I can't say how many times I've seen that play out in romance novels, but it happens way too much. This novel is a textbook-perfect example of how you're supposed to handle it, and it does so in a way that makes me sympathetic to both the victim and the perpetrator. What the what? Parker manages to fall in love with someone other than the one who he's obsessively co-dependent on. I can't tell you how awesome it is to be able to write that.
Other things I loved about this novel: busy but concerned/visible mom, subtle critiques of domestic violence and drug abuse, guy who confides in his friends instead of bottling everything up and slowly going insane. I really admire the attention to the relationships between all of the main characters - very refreshing, honest and realistic. Insomnia was also amazing at building tension and creating all sorts of twist and turns that kept me guessing. Up until the climactic end scene, I was totally hooked, although there were a few lulls here and there.
I won't spoil anything, but there's a certain twist in the climax that threw me for a loop, and unfortunately not in a good way. The final reveal of Mia's stalker made no sense to me, as it came way out of left field. Even after stepping back for a couple hours, I couldn't see how the Big Reveal was plausible - I think there needed to be some more foreshadowing or character development on the part of He Who Shall Not Be Named.
I'm not quite sure if I want to read follow-ups but as a standalone novel, Insomnia was extremely satisfying.
Even though main character Parker scares you with his bizarre actions, he is a very sympathetic character. You can't help but feel his pain when he longs so much to be able to have a good nights sleep. Parker doesn't sleep at night because he lives within others dreams. He wanders undetected in the dream of the last person he made eye contact with. As I was reading this book I felt a more appropriate title for this book would have been, Intense!
The story hooks you from the beginning and never sets you free until the end. I was so impressed with the great writing in this book considering this is Jenn's first published novel. If you are familiar with I'm Not a Serial Killer, by Dan Wells, it is a creepy and fantastic book. I need to warn Dan that Jenn is fast on his tail for mastering the creepy factor. She has created such a dark tale that keeps the reader guessing and freaked out. This YA thriller I can guarantee you is going to be making a name for itself and it's author.
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I have never read something like this, some parts were pretty scary, like the stalker part and all.
I expected someone else as the stalker. It really surprised me, I never imagined it was going to be that person.
I have to say that this is the (most) twisted story I've ever read, after this I would say that I wouldn't like Jenn to write a character inspired in me, seriously this story is going to blow your mind.
You gotta read it to understand what I'm saying!!! Get this book!
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So, Parker lives the dream of the last person he makes eye contact with before going to sleep. Cool!Read more
When the book opens, Parker is at the end of his resources.Read more
Every night Parker has other people's dreams and it's slowly killing him. It has been years since he's gotten any rest, until he meets Mia.Read more
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