Inception meets The Magicians in the most imaginative YA debut of the year
All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.
As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere – the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery – Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.
This wildly imaginative debut explores what happens when the secret worlds that people hide within themselves come to light.
I received this book the publishers via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
I found this really intriguing and lovely! I really enjoyed the concept and how unreliable Kane was as a narrator, so we find things out alongside him. That worked well for me. The reveries themselves are honestly such a cool idea – i definitely see the comparison to Inception here! But I also like that we get to see both “quieter” ones as well as ones that go wrong.
I did find it a little hard to get into at first but only because I was tired and you know something is up and you’re not sure what! Once the main story gets going and Kane learns more of what is going on, it really picks up and I couldn’t put it down.
This book is also wonderfully queer – Kane is gay, but there’s a whole host of queerness including someone who never names it, but is written as gender queer, complete with changing pronouns, and I *adored* that!
The friendship is wonderful when it gets going too – especially as we learn more about what happened. I really liked how everyone’s powers worked with their personalities, but also how it helped us get to know them.
Buy Reverie from Amazon UK.