Summary: “The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the ridges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
I thought the concept sounded interesting and I seriously thought there would be more about dreams in this book. I was sorely disappointed. This book is not about dreams. In fact, it’s about the lack thereof. Though, this book did have enough redeeming qualities to earn it three stars. But that’s it.
The actual plot was fairly interesting. I found the whole points aspect entertaining and the boarding school really cool, but I didn’t find it all that realistic for parents to just send their kids to this place. Especially with everything that ended up coming out at the end, I’m really questioning the judgement of these parents. Though, I will hand it to Caragh M. O’Brien for creating an interesting and unique plot.
The execution though…it could have been better. I felt as though I had been dropped into something without any context. The story should have started a good week earlier, or so. Maybe even a month earlier. It began on the first occasion Rosie stopped taking the sleeping pill, but I had nothing to compare it to. No situation of what it was like to take the sleeping pill. I feel like the story could have been a ton stronger if we got that extra background. Usually when something out of the ordinary happens, one likes to see the ordinary as well. That way there’s a sense of change and difference. What even made Rosie not take her sleeping pill? I guess we’ll never know.
Rosie was a really flat character, too. She was strong–I can give her that–, but that’s where her good traits end. She’s selfish, annoying, and didn’t really have a personality. She seemed really immature as well, which is one of my biggest pet peeves in books.
One last complaint, INSTA-LOVE??? REALLY??? Not to mention, the love interest was as flat as a brick. Everyone was flat. Welcome to the world of flat-like-pancakes characters.
I feel like I’m being cruel. This book really did have potential. I read it over the course of maybe two days and I did honestly enjoy it. I couldn’t put it down, it definitely held my attention, and the plot wasn’t completely cliché. I just really couldn’t stand the characters and the way it started. It wasn’t horrible and I recommend giving it a try if you think the plot sounds interesting. It might just be me.