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Insomnia (The Night Walkers) Paperback – June 8, 2013
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Author: J.R. Johansson
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Insomnia by J.R. Johansson
Book One of The Night Watchers series
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Insomnia is a fascinating story, and the direction the author takes is very creative and engrossing. While it could be a bit of info-dumpy in the beginning, overall the pace and plot progressed well and kept me completely wrapped up in the story. I not only wanted to know what was going on with Parker, I needed to know. The twists and turns throughout were very well played and kept me guessing. At times I felt just as crazy and confused about reality as Parker.
I liked Parker. Even though at times he could be frustrating with his trying to take-care-of-things-on-his-own bit, he had such a great heart, especially when he really opened up. I could feel his struggle and was rooting for him. Finn, Parker's best friend, was awesome. He's the best friend anyone would be lucky to have. He's witty and loyal and wears great shirts. Addie, Finn's sister, was adorable and honest and just what those two guys need. This trio of friends had their ups and downs, and I loved how the beauty of friendship and loyalty was explored throughout the story. It was a lovely thing to behold.
There's a mildly romantic element that was not overpowering, but did add a special element to the overall story, and felt authentic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book. It kept me engaged the whole way! I did not guess 'who done it'. It was quit the surprise! Very well written! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maria
I didn't realise it was written for 8th graders. With that said it was well written and enjoyable.Published 2 months ago by Julia
Decent, original idea. But I had three issues with the plot.
So, Parker lives the dream of the last person he makes eye contact with before going to sleep. Cool! Read more
I have insomnia so I searched insomnia and found this book. I knew it wasn't really about insomnia but I loved it. I had to find out what happens. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alicia Sabatino
Originally reviewed at http://www.shaelit.com/2013/05/review-insomnia-by-j-r-johansson/
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
I loved it! There were a lot of things about this book that could have gone in the direction of every other story out there, but never did. Everything about the plot was different. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rynn
I loved it. I bought this one randomly and turned out to be one of the best stories I've ever read. As soon as I finished I knew I had to gett he second one.Published 20 months ago by L