Review Detail

Lucid FeaturedHot
Young Adult Fiction 3240
Delivers a slow buildup to a gripping conclusion
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Sloane Margaret “Maggie” Jameson is a glamorous up-and-coming actress in New York City. Sloane Margaret Jameson is also a straight-A student living in small town Connecticut. At night, the two girls, Maggie and Sloane, dream of each other’s lives. For each of them, their life is reality and the dreams are just that—dreams. But is that it? Two girls share their lives in dreams without anything else going on? Are they crazy? Are they both real? What, exactly, is going on?

Those are just a few questions you’ll find yourself asking while reading Lucid. Critically acclaimed screenwriter Ron Bass and his partner Adrienne Stoltz deliver a thought-provoking contemporary novel that explores the power of dreams and of the human mind. I guarantee you’ve never seen contemporary young adult fiction done quite like this.

Though their lives could not have been more different, I found that Maggie and Sloane’s narrative voices were identical. As chapters progressed, I often could not tell the difference between them. Their thoughts, reactions, and moods were the same. Whether they live in alternate realities, or are just some sort of hallucinations, it’s obvious that the two girls share a deep connection, beyond the obvious shared-dreams.

I will say that Lucid takes a while to build up to the crazy psychological thriller aspects. For most of the book, Bass and Stoltz write about two girls going about their lives, dealing with inevitable love triangles. (Both Maggie and Sloane are total boy magnets, obviously.) And though my brand of contemporary isn’t usually so romance-centric, I didn’t actually mind their stories separately. Toward the last 70 pages, however, Maggie and Sloane’s lives started to intersect, and that’s when craziness went down.

I’m going to be honest and say that the conclusion shocked me. I’m not often surprised while reading, but Lucid was not at all what I expected. In fact, I’d been all set up for the authors to take the story in one direction, and when they wrenched that ending right out from under me, I felt a tad bit miffed. My surprise was absolute.

Lucid is different. It’s a lot more different than even I was expecting, which probably says something. Though it may have got off to a rocky start, the intense thrills in the last few chapters mostly made up for it. I was surprised, as I said, but there may have been something lacking, on a whole. Either way, however, this is a seriously unique novel that’s totally worth reading.
Report this review Was this review helpful to you? 0 0

Comments

Already have an account? or Create an account
Powered by JReviews

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Unchosen
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Katharyn Blair crafts a fiercely feminist fantasy with a horrifying...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Leanne Strong hates June eighth even though it's supposed to...
The Memory Thief  (Thirteen Witches #1)
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Twelve-year-old Rosie Singer’s mom is missing whatever it is that...
Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
On October 2nd, 1977, Glenn Burke, outfielder for the Los...
The Elephant in the Room
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
It's been almost a year since Sila's mother traveled halfway...
Alone in the Woods
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Jocelyn and Alex have always been best friends...until they aren't....
Disaster Days
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Hannah Steele loves living on Pelling, a tiny island near...
Wild River
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Daniel Redmayne is fast asleep on the first night of...
In the Penalty Box
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Willow Figure skating was supposed to be my...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
3 nights, 2 days, and 1 massive music fest ....
The Afterlife of the Party (Afterlife, #1)
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
I didn’t even want to go to the party. ...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Tianna Morgan and her friends run Cadie Mae High. Great...
The Alcazar (The Cerulean, #2)
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
From New York Times bestselling author Amy Ewing comes the...
Tears of Frost (Heart of Thorns, #2)
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
This captivating second book in Bree Barton’s Heart of...
The Broken Raven (Shadow Skye, #2)
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
In the heart-pounding second book in the Shadow Skye...
You Have a Match
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
From the beloved author of Tweet Cute comes Emma...

Latest Member Reviews

Just a Boy and a Girl in a Little Canoe
 
4.7
"JUST A BOY AND A GIRL IN A LITTLE CANOE is a YA contemporary fiction that is primarily about character..."
No Place Like Here
 
4.7
"When Ashlyn’s father goes to prison and her mother goes to rehab for depression, her world falls apart. Ashlyn’s father..."
No Place Like Here
 
4.0
"NO PLACE LIKE HERE is an engaging and summery YA contemporary that emphasizes healing and friendship. Ashlyn is at the..."
No Place Like Here
 
3.0
"NO PLACE LIKE HERE by Christina June is a YA contemporary novel set in the Pennsylvania wilderness. Ashlyn, an admittedly..."
From Night Owl to Dogfish
 
4.0
"Avery and Bett are very different girls. Avery lives with her architect father in New York City, loves to write,..."
Connect the Stars
 
4.0
"Connect the Stars is just the book I was wishing for to pull me out of my reading slump: Interesting..."
Summer State of Mind
 
4.0
"Summer camp is fun for those who absolutely love outdoors. Even though there are some people who hate outdoor activity,..."
Honor Girl
 
4.0
"A touching memoir that every teen will be able to relate to, HONOR GIRL is the story of Maggie's most..."
Boys Camp: Zee's Story
 
4.0
"Zee is thrilled to be going back to Camp Wolf Trail. He and his good friend and fellow prankster, Will,..."
The Alex Crow
 
4.0
"Ariel is a refugee, a fifteen year-old boy who can't seem to find his place in the world, no matter..."