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The Rule of Mirrors: Book Two of the Vault of Dreamers Trilogy Hardcover – February 16, 2016
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"[T]here's plenty of intrigue and---as the whole dream operation is explored---a solid sense of building tension." ---Kirkus --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Caragh M. O'Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS. Her novels have been honored by the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, the Junior Library Guild, the Amelia Bloomer List, and state reading lists in Texas, Arkansas, Utah, Georgia, and Rhode Island. Ms. O'Brien lives with her family in Connecticut, and recently resigned from teaching high school English to write.
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Rosie is being kept in a coma, hidden in a lab somewhere while Berg mines her dreams. She’s able to wake up sporadically thanks to a young tech in the lab who’s become smitten with her. It’s almost a creepy relationship developing but as we are in Rosie’s mind, it’s clear that she’s using him so she can try to break free.
Then the point of view changes within the next chapter and we are introduced to a new character named Althea. This is where things get a tad confusing since we are in her first person point of view, and she’s not really Althea, she’s Rosie. Rosie’s mind is somehow inside Althea. She has Rosie’s memories and virtually nothing of the girl called Althea. Althea has just awakened from a coma and to top it all off, she’s pregnant!
Soon the story gets told back and forth between Rosie and Althea. It was rather strange too, because for all intents and purposes Althea is a version of Rosie, yet the real Rosie is still out there. As Althea’s family tries to convince her of her identity and memories, she can’t help but want to get back to her Rosie life and help her friends and family.
It should be no surprise that Rosie eventually breaks free and is on the run and hiding. She doesn’t know where her friends are and finding people to trust is equally hard to find as well. But one thing she is sure about, Berg has to die!
This book was kind of insane! First off, I don’t recommend doing what I did, read the book as an ARC in early 2014 and then in late 2017 return to the finished series unless there’s time for a re-read! A series binge would be recommended because I will honestly say I was confused for quite a bit in trying to remember all what was happening in the first book. Then you add in that this takes place in the future and there’s all sorts of science and technology involved that just makes it a bit hard to get through at times. Like the “mining” of dreams. I can’t quite remember what that meant and though we get some explanation through example, it was still a bit offsetting.
And now I remember what I thought about the romance situation! And let’s face it, that love triangle that I thought wasn’t going to happen, yeah, that was wrong! Burnham gets involved again to help Rosie our and of course there’s Linus around too! So things are kind of messy in that area. I felt like things with Linus was a sure thing, not so much anymore!
I don’t want this review to come off as a warning against this series! I still find myself enjoying it despite bouts of confusion and memory issues. There’s still a very intriguing story happening here with plots of conspiracy, secret experiments, and a possible revenge plot going on as well. And the ending was yet another total shocker that will throw you through the loop! I am eager to see how things will be resolved with all that was going on!
The Rule of Mirrors is part chaos, part intrigue and still managed to keep me engaged with everything it has to offer! This is definitely a series that is meant to be binged properly and not read sporadically like I did it! If you love a good sci-fi read filled with a deeply seeded plot, then this is the read for you!
Overall Rating 3.75/5 stars—yup an awkward rating because while I did have some initial struggles, I still found myself totally into the story and was eager to see what would happen!
Rosie Sinclair was a prisoner in more ways than one and freeing herself would be almost impossible. Even if she could escape from those who held her captive, she couldn’t escape what they’d done to her. But she was not about to give up without trying.
She needed to find someone who would believe her and who she could trust. But her ex-boyfriend betrayed her and her family proved they couldn’t be trusted when they relinquished their guardianship. And with a reward out for details on her whereabouts, finding someone she could count on wouldn’t be easy. Especially when the truth of what happened to her sounded crazy even to herself.
THE RULE OF MIRRORS takes readers and characters even farther down the rabbit hole, revealing an even more sinister plot than that in book one. It’s shocking, unsettling, and more than a little bit heartbreaking. The obstacles that Rosie faces seem insurmountable. Her allies are few and her enemies powerful. The damage done to her irreversible. The chance of returning to a somewhat normal existence slim.
Which makes for one heck of a wild and thrilling ride. And with new characters to get to know, the reappearance of characters both loved and despised, and new depths of horror to which the “doctors” will go, this sequel will be unputdownable.
While the ending doesn’t leave readers hanging off quite as steep a cliff, Author Caragh M. O’Brien does leave them hanging with a number of burning questions left unanswered, the fates of a few of her characters unknown, and the very real possibility that there won’t be happy endings for Rosie, Linus, Burnham, or the other dreamers.
For readers looking for a story - and series - that is different and interesting and tension-filled and gripping, THE RULE OF MIRRORS is an absolute must.
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Quick & Dirty: A fast paced addition to the series that I enjoyed more than the previous one.Read more