- Series: The Diviners (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 624 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (August 25, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316126047
- ISBN-13: 978-0316126045
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lair of Dreams: A Diviners Novel (The Diviners) Hardcover – August 25, 2015
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Gr 10 Up—This breathtaking sequel to The Diviners (Little, Brown, 2012) is worth the wait. The novel opens in 1927 New York City, as construction continues on expanding the subway system. When workers break through to an older and forgotten train station, they develop a "sleeping sickness," trapped first by dreams and then "nightmare[s] from which they will, never, ever wake." Bray sets the stage for a mesmerizing exploration of dreams, including the American Dream—the "opiate futility of hope"—the exploitation of religion, science, and patriotism for evil ends. Although the same major characters from the previous volume appear in this installment, an additional Diviner, Ling Chan, makes her debut. She can dreamwalk and communicate with the dead. She and Henry enter dreams together to search for Ling's friend, George (who has fallen ill with the sleeping sickness), and Henry's lover, Louis. Evie O'Neill, still a quintessential flapper on the surface, is back, now famous as the "Sweetheart Seer" on a radio show. A sinister government plot to exploit people who display any Diviner talent brings the characters together for an action-packed, fast-paced, and slang-filled read. VERDICT A multilayered, character-driven, and richly rewarding installment to the paranormal historical fiction series.—Nina Sachs, Walker Memorial Library, Westbrook, ME
* "Bray illuminates the dark side of the American Dream in her long-awaited sequel to The Diviners, weaving xenophobia, industrial progress, Jazz Age debauchery, government secrets, religious fervor, and supernatural horror into a sprawling and always entertaining narrative."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "A multilayered, character-driven, and richly rewarding installment to the paranormal historical fiction series."―School Library Journal, starred review
* "Bray weaves connections between her numerous characters and explores friendships, dark secrets, and dramatic love interests. This book will fly off the shelves to fans of Bray, Cassandra Clare, and the supernatural."―VOYA, starred review
* "The ambitiously broad focus of this novel strikes just the right balance in its division of narrative might, developing each of the dizzyingly large cast of diverse characters with an impressive attention to detail and with period-specific, witty dialogue."―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Sweet relationships (romantic, platonic, and familial) and snarky banter filled with period slang balance and accentuate the suspenseful horror. Fan will barrel through this second installment and emerge impatient for the next."―Horn Book
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Top Customer Reviews
Alright, it seems to me, they aren’t really sure on the cover. Because in the ARC that I got, I got the picture below. The cover posted on Goodreads is the pictures listed above. Either way I posted both. Which do I like best? eh, the top. Just in case you were wondering my opinion on the matter.
I read first book The Diviners about 2 years ago because I kept hearing amazing things about it, and I needed an audio book to listen to while I went on walks with my kids in the morning for my morning exercise…not that you really care… but I was immediately hooked which is surprising since it’s set in the roaring 1920s and that is like my least favorite era. However, Libba Bray made me LIKE the 1920s! She brought to life the style, fashion, slangs, New York etc… that made the 1920 so “roaring” and she was just brilliant!
With Lair of Dreams, she continues her brilliancy in the history of all that was going on back then, between the racism, the way people were afraid of other cultures and their dislike for them. I found it well researched and well done! It was a breathtakingly lovely escape to head back there and enjoy that time in this book! MAN!
If you like horror, you’ll LOVE The Diviners and Lair of Dreams because they are terrifying, they are gruesome which made me want to sleep with the lights on. Yet the overall story was amazing. If you enjoyed The Diviners then you’ll love the ghost story of this book as well as the continuation of characters that you fall in love with from the first book. You get to meet new characters and watch as the overall bigger plot thickens.
I really enjoyed the character development with each of the characters and felt that Bray did a wonderful job keeping each character and their voices so distinct and separate throughout the story. My favorite characters are Evie and Sam the chemistry between these two are so fun. I kinda hurried through everyone else’s stories so I could get back to them. However I will admit Evie did bug me a little with her drinking problem. And Sam’s character development was fabulous to watch progress.
Overall if you want a GOOD horror, with AMAZING writing and well done characters, PICK THIS UP!
Sexual Content: moderate (lots of kissing between 2 male lovers and talk of passion between the 2, more kissing scenes between other characters but nothing too hot and heavy)
Violence: heavy (it’s a creepy horror ghost story that can get a little graphic)
Drugs/Alcohol: moderate (one character constantly getting drunk or seen drinking, talk of another character with opium)
READ THIS BOOK IF:
You're hungering for diversity. Lair of Dreams lights on class issues, politics, disability, abuse (trafficking), racial issues, eugenics, and LGBT relationships.
You love historical fiction or history in general. There are so many important issues raised that you quickly become engrossed in the colloquialisms, manners, expectations. Everything is made of speakeasy lingo and the old time euphoria of the early 1900s.
You're looking for something creepy crawly and horrific. The mixture of multicultural folklore, ghosts, and governmental coverups will make your skin crawl.
You adore Libba Bray. Each book is a new, wonderful surprise with multidimensional and unique characters set in intriguing places rife with crime and mystery.
Diversity galore. Early 1900s beliefs and politics couple with each character. They all have something to overcome and work through. Historical truths like the Chinese Exclusion Act, the rise of the KKK, and raids on underground LGBT clubs all find their place in this unique story. Not only do we get to see conflicts that are relevant and the United States struggles with to this day but you get the different perspectives. From the extremely religious, from the Chinese restaurant owner, from a young gay lover who wants to find his place, and a woman who is hiding from an abusive past. There's a little bit of everything and you'll feel for every single character.
Mysteries that started to develop in book one are even more prominent. The clues are everywhere. Everything is connected. The layering is astounding.
The ghosts are out of this world horrifying and totally ghastly, a cross between malicious poltergeist and zombie, between their hunger, the chilling sounds, the music box song, and the general way they skitter and widen their jaws to eat people alive, have fun trying to sleep with the lights off!
Evie is far from the focal point. Each character has his or her part. I loved the mix of culture and drama. Romance is on the horizon for each character. It's messy, complicated, and just when you think you've got it figured out, another twist is thrown in.
The dreamwalker world is intensely detailed and vibrant. You can picture everything and here, the emotions are larger. Desire meets desperation and happiness goes from total ecstasy to utter devastation. It's a rocky, bittersweet, and often scary place.
Ling and Henry quickly became my favorite characters. Their situations are fueled by haunting encounters, desire, and a strong thirst for freedom from the oppressive gaze of society. Ling is unexpected. A young girl with a disability that she won't let rule her, she pushes past the bullies and the bigots, she uses her brain and things of science, working on becoming a future famous inventor. Henry's past is intoxicating. His life on the bayou, his romance, the strict upbringing all took me by surprise.
Sam. You can never really know a person. Just when you thought that Sam was an insufferable flirt with fast hands and a tendency to rob people blind, always looking for the next con, the past comes out like a slap to the face. Suddenly Sam has all this hidden depth that you don't quite know what to do with. His hurt, confusion, and determination all center on his missing mother. He's got feelings, true, brutal emotions that lurk just under the surface of his carefree attitude.
There are even more character POV swaps than the last book. Though all engrossing stories with their own contributions to the plot, it can be a little overwhelming, especially in a book 600-odd pages. The constantly flip-flopping back and forth actually left way more questions than answers.
It took ages for the clues to build up to the point of uncovering the truth. For a novel that is set during a time span of less than a month, it felt much longer.