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The Dreamers

by Karen Thompson Walker

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The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
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    Jan 2019, 320 pages
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    Nov 5, 2019, 336 pages

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The Dreamers is part disease thriller, part introspective exploration of the unknowable expanse between dreams and reality.

A strange new disease emerges in Santa Lora, California, an isolated college town with a history of death and devastation; even before the disease pops up, a drought has been slowly consuming the town's lake. The afflicted fall into a deep sleep, and each victim has unprecedented brain activity that suggests they are dreaming. Some pass away, and others rest in hospital beds as healthcare professionals struggle to understand the quick-spreading outbreak. The basic premise is fascinating, and the events of the novel unfold as quickly as the sleeping sickness spreads, creating a page-turning flow that unites the disparate characters trapped by a quarantine in Santa Lora.

The point-of-view in The Dreamers shifts from the omniscient, community-wide experience to intimate third person accounts of several narrators. Karen Thompson Walker considers the effects of the disease (and ensuing ...

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