Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review: Insomnia (The Night Walkers #1) by J.R. Johansson

Insomnia (The Night Walkers, #1)
Title: Insomnia

Series: The Night Walkers #1

Author: J.R. Johansson

Publication date: June 2013

Published by: Flux

Source: the publishers via Netgalley (thanks!)

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Her eyes saved his life.
Her dreams released his darkness.

After four years of sleeplessness, high school junior Parker Chipp can't take much more. Every night, instead of sleeping, he enters the dreams of the last person he's made eye contact with. If he doesn't sleep soon, Parker will die.

Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. But what starts out as a chance meeting turns into an obsession; Parker's furious desire for what he needs pushes him to extremes he never thought he'd go. And when someone begins to terrorizing Mia with twisted death threats, Parker's memory blackouts leave him doubting his own innocence.

My rating: ★★★★☆

This book was pretty darn awesome! It just had such an interesting concept! Parker is a "Watcher," someone who, well, watches other peoples dreams. And poor Parker gets stuck in the dreams of the last person he makes eye contact with without getting any sleep himself! It's so terrible, but I love it! This dream stuff has always fascinated me, so the book really caught my attention when I first heard of it.

There was also some psychology stuff, which I love, too. Like what could happen if you go too long without sleep (answer: psychosis O.O) This is extra interesting to me since (I'm in nursing school, BTW) I had my psych lecture not too long ago and was just at a mental hospital for my clinical rotation last week! I didn't get to see psychosis first hand, really, but there were some interesting moments for sure.

Anyway, (get distracted too easily, lol) I really liked Finn...he was quirky and weird but very, very funny! Parker I liked too, though at a certain point he really started to creep me out with him being all creepy, stalker-ish and stuff. But at least he admitted it, and you get why he was acting the way he was. Like I said, it's just so terrible what happens to him...a curse, really.

And then there were so many other psycho/crazy characters I didn't think were crazy...certainly made things interesting and more than a bit surprising. I love surprises!

Overall, I really liked the book! I thought there were a lot of very diverse and interesting characters and I really liked the story line, too. Initially I thought it was a horror novel, and I suppose you could call it that, but, to me, it was more of a psychological thriller. Nonetheless, if you like either of these types of books, I highly recommend this one!

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a comment! :)

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