Tuesday 10 April 2018

Poet Anderson ...In Darkness by Tom Delonge & Suzanne Young Review!

36286384Title: Poet Anderson...In Darkness
Author: Tom Delonge & Suzanne Young
Pages: 304 pages
Published: January 30th 2018 by To the Stars
Source: For Review 

PURCHASE: Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk 

Multi-platinum recording artist and Blink-182 founder Tom DeLonge once again teams up with New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young to continue the award-winning, critically-acclaimed transmedia project—Poet Anderson—inspired by a Stanford University study on how your dreams can effect your reality. 
In the Waking World, Jonas Anderson works as a doorman for the Eden Hotel, dividing his free time between seeing his girlfriend, Samantha Birnham-Wood, and visiting his comatose brother Alan. In the Dream World, he is Poet Anderson, a Dream Walker, a guardian of the Dreamscape charged with protecting sleeping innocents from the nightmares that threaten both worlds. 
But Jonas remains tormented by his own nightmare—his failure to rescue Alan from the Dreamscape and free him from his coma. Together, Jonas and Alan fought side-by-side against the night terror entity known as REM. Even though they defeated the vicious monster, Alan continues to waste away in a hospital bed while Jonas’ guilt eats away at his soul. 
REM may have lost a battle, but the war continues. His Night Stalkers roam the Dreamscape, hunting for Jonas and the other poets capable of traversing the waking and dreaming realms. And now, demonic shadow creatures are possessing the spirits of dreamers and using their bodies to enter the Waking World. 
Jonas can no longer avoid his destiny. To save reality from the maelstrom of nightmares, Poet Anderson will have to sacrifice the Dreamscape… 

My Thoughts:

I loved book 1 of this and eagerly dived into this when I got it. It took me a little while to immerse myself into the word the authors created, because it was a few years since I read the first one, but once I did, I devoured this! 

So this one starts about a year after the events of book 1. Poet has learnt to live with what he is, but in this one, he has to deal with what he has to do in order to fulfill his destiny. He is still grieving over the fact that he couldn't save Alan, and his waking life isn't doing good, because he is splitting his time between Alan and Samantha. He is brought back into the Dreamscape with a bang when REM returns and is rocked to the core when he realises that something is taking control of dreamers bodies and is intent on bringing the nightmares to the waking word.  

Immediately after starting this, I remembered what it was about book 1 that I loved so much, and that was the world building and the imagination of the authors!! The creativity of the authors impressed me the first time, but it's even better here. This edition felt darker and more dangerous. So much is at stake and the suspense and anticipation the whole way through was amazing. I had a very, very hard time putting this book aside. 

My heart shattered for Jonas! He already had so much to deal with in book 1, but when he finds out what he has to do to truly fulfill  his destiny, what he has to give up, it broke my heart! I loved seeing him grow as a character in the first book, but he grew so much more in this one. He has captured my heart and I'm both eager and terrified to see what happens him next.

In all, this book was amazing. Well written and developed, it's a must read! The plot is imaginative, magical, adventurous, and action packed. It gripped me from the start and I adored it. This author duo really brought a phenomenal world to life and I look forward to more from them.