In DREAMSCAPE, Alexis gets sucked into her favorite childhood video game.
What intrigued me: I'm forever searching for a book similar to READY PLAYER ONE.
Is she even in a game?
The world of DREAMSCAPE sure is interesting, but it is absolutely not what I expected. When Alexis first gets sucked in, we are presented a world that is more reminiscent of your average high fantasy novel than a video game. The aesthetics of a pixelated game are just missing and exchanged for real life people and objects.
It doesn't feel at all like she's even in a game, maybe sucked into a very unoriginal medieval world instead. I missed all the little nods to pop culture that I loved so much about READY PLAYER ONE, and found it absolutely strange that Alexis didn't show recognition or fascination with anything that was happening, considering that she actually landed right in her favorite game.
Unoriginal High Fantasy Setting
The main quest of DREAMSCAPE is for Alexis to rescue Queen Elin, because she is immediately recognized as one of the Golden Heroes of the game. Until that plot line even begins, we are presented with lots of filler as opportunities to showcase the world, which just isn't original at all. I might as well could have read any medieval-inspired high fantasy novel and exchanged it for this one, it's full of cliches and at no point surprised me with its world-building.
The perk of this way of storytelling is simply that it kept me going. I wanted to see whether it would get better, was desperately waiting for a fun twist that would make this original and unique that just didn't come.
DREAMSCAPE wasn't really what I expected, which doesn't necessarily mean that it's a bad novel. The voice is extraordinary believable for a teen girl, Alexis is a fun character to read about and the writing absolutely matches the pace of the story. It just wasn't for me, because I wasn't expecting a generic high fantasy story.
Overall: Do I Recommend?If you were interested in this because you were hoping to find a book that's similar to READY PLAYER ONE, I'll have to disappoint you. DREAMSCAPE is a very unoriginal novel about a fantasy world instead of a fast-paced Sci-Fi adventure.
Published: April 12th 2015
Genre: YA / Sci-Fi / Virtual Reality
"Sixteen-year-old Alexis Stone is used to getting away from life’s frustration with Dreamscape, a video game she's loved since childhood. As her family prepares to move, a sleepy night of gaming pulls her into the world like never before. Trapped in Dreamscape’s realm, Alex is about to learn that being a hero has consequences… and this time, the stakes are deadly. Will helping the rebellion cost her everything she knows and loves? Or will she betray them to save her own life?"