My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
ARC provided by NetGalley and Source Books for an honest review.
This is the perfect LGBTQ YA fantasy novel that we have all needed! There are some authors that throw in a LGBTQ character here and there to just earn more followers and publicity, but Ryan La Sala incorporates it perfectly, bringing light to the feeling of loneliness that a young teen may feel in this society where they are still so heavily ostracized. YA fantasy has reigned as a leading genre, but I think I can count on one hand where the main characters are LGBTQ. Finally, Reverie gives them the equality they rightly deserve as human beings. Reverie should be the YA fantasy book of our generation.
Kane had been outted pretty young by his eccentricities. Maybe a more astute child would have tried harder to reign themselves in, but Kane was the last to know he was gay and therefore powerless to deny it once he was finally told. Sleepover and birthday party invitations dried up. Teachers became overkind, which secured his shame. He became marked. A curiosity placed in the limbo between the worlds of boys and girls.
Reverie creates a unique fantasy world built around 5 teens that have the ability to help control a reverie, similar to a person’s dream. A reverie is when a person’s dream becomes real, like a miniature reality. The slightest action by the 5 teens, also known as the Others or being the only lucid people within the reverie, can have dire consequences-plot twists-on the reverie. The story opens with Kane having lost most of his memories and being under police investigation for the destruction of a historical mill, stealing and wrecking his parents’ car, and the disappearance of the beloved town painter, Maxine. An unexpected visit from a unique psychiatrist leads Kane to start piecing together the mystery.
Kane gradually gathers small glimpses into his memories, discovering he’s the leader of The Others, a group of 4 friends that help people through their reveries. They have unique powers that are later described as having be related to their insecurities. To name a few: Ursula prefers to stay quiet and unknown, so she is given great strength. Elliot is beyond popular and fears being unseen, hence his ability to become invisible. There is also Vivian and the mysterious Dean Flores whom happens to be in the reveries, but not a part of the major clique.
It is with these friends that he tries to put a stop to the frequent and power-growing reveries that are plaguing their town. One wrong move and a reverie could become the new reality. But is there someone behind the madness plaguing the town, making the reveries harder and more chaotic?
Overall, this book seriously should have been in the GoodReads books of the year list. It had a STRONG chance of winning because it is literally perfect.
Ryan La Sala provides the perfect ending quote that speaks to not only readers, but anyone who has ever felt like they don’t belong:
That’s the thing about a big imagination. It’s hard to belong anywhere when you can always imagine something better
I hope that anyone who has dreamed of living in their own dreams, where they feel like they belong, I hope you read this and find yourself connected to a universe of book readers that dream alongside you. Because we all have imaginations that make life seem greater when we are alone.
Have you read Reverie yet? What are your thoughts?