*This is the sequel to L.E. DeLano’s novel, ‘Traveler’! My review is spoiler free for ‘Dreamer’, but the synopsis and following review might spoil some things from the first book if you haven’t already read it, so continue reading at your own risk!
You’re still you no matter where you go.
Jessa has learned the hard way that traveling to alternate dimensions isn’t all delicious, glittering desserts and fancy parties: it also means accidentally running into people she thought she’d never see again. Still mourning a devastating loss, Jessa isn’t really prepared for the arrival of a reckless version of someone she once loved who is now bent on revenge. Add an increasingly complicated relationship with her best friend Ben, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the threat of the multiverse collapsing, and Jessa’s got a lot on her plate. She may be destined to help save an infinite multitude of worlds… but in the end, all Jessa really wants to do is save her friends.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
A satisfying conclusion to the compelling ‘Traveler’ duology, ‘Dreamer’ will keep readers guessing until the end.
All of the loose ends, if that’s even the right words for it, from ‘Traveler’ end up getting tied up throughout the course of ‘Dreamer’. While there are a few plot aspects that felt obvious, such as the monitoring of some people’s dreams and not others, seemed like it was a oversight the characters were too smart to make, most of it felt believable.
Pirate Finn is the central Finn character in this book, after the death of cannibalistic apocalypse Finn at the end of ‘Traveler’ (which I’m still not over by the way). I understand the concept that Jessa and Finn are still themselves no matter what reality/dimension they’re in, so Finn can never really die, but that didn’t really make me feel any better. It’s not that I don’t like Pirate Finn, I just fell in love with the original Finn…so I’m a little salty. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t holding out hope that the whole mine collapse thing was a fluke and original Finn was going to show up again.
‘Dreamer’ picks up pretty close to where ‘Traveler’ left off, and it was nice that some concepts were reexplained in case readers forget some key aspects of the ‘Traveler’ universe. Since this is an ARC and I just finished reading ‘Traveler’ the night before I started this one, I was lucky enough to still be able to remember everything that had just happened, but for everyone else who has been waiting over a year, it’s a great refresher.
One thing that struck me as odd was the there is no Finn in Jessa’s universe, as in he was never born there. With all of the Dreamers looking to fix little things that can have a big impact later on, I would have thought that they would have made sure there was a Finn in her dimension. I liked the addition of Jessa getting advice from the other Jessas. That’s totally something I would do.
Overall, these books have quickly become one of my favorite duology’s. As I said in my review of ‘Traveler’, I don’t tend to read time-travel/multi-dimensional etc. plotted books, but these two stole my heart, and I love them. If you haven’t already read ‘Traveler’, make sure you do so soon, so you can preorder ‘Dreamer’ and read it when it comes out on April 10!
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