Fifteen, by Jen Estes
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: January 15, 2015
Cover Artist: Conzpiracy Digital Arts
Legend has it if you die in your dreams, you die in real life. Fifteen-year-old Ashling Campbell knows that’s not true because when she closes her eyes each night, she doesn’t dream about public nudity or Prom dates. Instead, she’s catapulted to the front row of her future self’s execution - fifteen years from now - where monsters have taken control of her hometown and she, or rather, her 30-year-old counterpart, is their public enemy number one.
For three months and counting, it’s been the same dream… until an encounter with an antique dreamcatcher. Ash falls asleep to discover she’s no longer a mere spectator in these dreams - now she’s astral-projecting into the body of her future self. Each night, she goes on the run with a ragtag group of rebels - who have no idea she’s really a high school sophomore and not their noble warrior. She has to make it through each night so that she can wake up and find a way to change the future. For every action she does in the present day, she falls asleep to discover it had an equal impact fifteen years later. It’s up to her to manage her two worlds and make sure she’s still got a place in both.
4 out of 5 (very good)
I received this book from Curiosity Quills in return for a fair and honest review.
Although I generally enjoy reading Young Adult books, when I read that the main female in this was Fifteen... well, most of the time anyway... I was a bit dubious on how this book would develop. I really shouldn't have worried myself. This book will instantly grab your interest and not let go until you finish the last word of the last sentence. Even then, your brain will be ticking over as you think on what you've read.
The main characters are well fleshed out and fully dimensional. I'm quite glad that we haven't yet met Coop in 'real' time as I think that might be just a tad strange! Tate is everything a best friend should be except that he is letting his teenage hormones override common sense but hey, I think that's pretty much normal for every teenager.
This story is so intriguing you will be left with a book hangover. There are twists and turns in here that you won't even think about and not just with the story but with time itself. It is humorous and action-packed. How on earth Jen Estes was able to keep everything straight as she wrote this story, I'll never know but will continue to be amazed at.
I can definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA or Time Travel stories. I will be on the lookout for book 2 in this series as there are still plenty of things that need to be tied up. The last sentence of the book explains completely how I felt after I'd finished reading it - "I've been dreamwalked!"
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