Ronald Kidd's YA novel Dreambender tells the story of a society without free will and the children that dare to ask “What If”.
A cataclysmic event called the Warming occurred when the days were hot and the seas rising. After many generations, when the great flood receded, people arrived at a place called The City. Here they learned to live strict, structured lives where at the age of 12 a future occupation is decided for them. Society lives without machines, music and art all claimed to have contributed to the Warming. Hope and joy are discouraged as well as thinking for yourself. Most seem content, but a few adolescents begin to question is this all there is. Callie Crawford is just one of those adolescents.
While a quiet and orderly society is maintained in The City, another secret society lives in The Meadow. They are called Dreambenders. They are responsible for changing the dreams of the people in The City. Dreams of machines, music, art or hope have to be changed for the good of society. Fear of another Warming has convinced the Dreambenders what they are doing is best for mankind. In denial, they are really controlling the minds and free will of the people. Jeremy Finn, a rising star among the Dreambenders, is not completely convinced what they are doing is morally acceptable. One night finding Callie singing in a dream, an act that is forbidden, Jeremy makes a decision that will dramatically change his and Callie’s lives, as well as the world they live in.
Ronald Kidd's Dreambender is a thought provoking novel with characters that are rich and rebellious. It’s a story of survival, learning who you are and what you are meant to be. It’s listening to that small inner voice that has long been suppressed, letting go of control and working for a bright and hope filled future. A book to make you think at any age.
I was given an advanced copy of Ronald Kidd's Dreambender for a fair and honest review.
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