Author: Libba Bray.
Published: August 25th 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Sort: Part 2 of The Diviners.
Review part 1. The Diviners.
Source: Netgalley and publisher, thanks!
The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams. After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl…everyone except the other Diviners. Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret—for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City. As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess…As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?
Appendectomy-scar good (as Evie would say)! We had to wait a long time for the release of Lair of dreams, but it’s just as good as The Diviners. Libba Bray managed to create story with a subtle creepiness that seeps into the story of a diverse cast. Libba knows how to write and how to handle different point of views. The book never gets overwhelming and she choose the right moments to showcast another character.
Evie talks on the radio because of her famous status as object-reader. She has no contact with Uncle Will and she is trying to avoid Jericho, because she knows her friend Mabel fancies him. Instead, Evie ends up in a fake-engagement with her ‘enemy’ Sam. The two have hilarious banter and I remember shipping them in the first book, so I was quite happy with this development. Sam has his own problems and he wants Evie to help him; he wants to find out what happened to his mother and what the meaning is of Project Buffalo. It is a dangerous quest.
I loved Sam and how he is set on finding out the truth. I like it when characters are so loyal to the ones they care for. The only thing that bothered me is how Evie acted every now and then. She isn't the best friend for Mabel and it seems like her new status is too overwhelming, which turns her into a different person.
Henry is still dream-walking and on one night he meets Ling and Wae-Mei. Together with Ling he hopes to be able to find his boyfriend Louis, whom he lost years ago after his father disapproval. Ling wants to save her best friend George, who is trapped in the sleeping disease that is spreading across the city. People are locked into their dreams and they are no longer able to wake-up. Nobody can explain what is going on and we get glimpses of these terrifying nightmares. Ling was a fantastic new character. She is a really strong girl and I admired her willingness to help a stranger. The glimpses of Henry and Louis in the past were adorable.
We also see Memphis and his brother Isaiah. Memphis is slowly exploring his returning gift of healing. I was a bit scared of blind Bill, who is portraying to be a caring, nice person but is actually after more. This storyline is a bit smaller, but I can’t wait to explore more. I think they will play a bigger role in the next book.
The ending of this book is fabulous and incredibly mean at the same time. It makes you want to pick up the next one, but then you realize you need to wait a long time before that is possible. Hurry up Libba, we need more! Pieces of the puzzle are slowly falling together and I think we still haven't seen the whole picture that Libba is creating. It's an exciting, thrilling ride!