Book Review | The Big Sleep by Meaghan Gray

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I very nearly passed this one by but now that I’ve finished it I’m glad that I didn’t. I say I almost passed it by because the way the opening chapters are written didn’t appeal to me. The quick chopping and jumping around between dreams was off-putting, but I skipped past them to where the real story starts. The opening is basically prologue and, thinking back on it now, could be dropped all together.

I get that we need to know the origins of what is happening, but I think it could be worked into the story much easier than how this book opens. Not all styles appeal to all people of course, so you might be different, but I found it difficult.

That said, once the real story starts just before the second Big Sleep, the plot takes off at a fast clip and barely slows down. It was this that kept me reading and why ultimately I enjoyed the book, even if I didn’t like the opening.

Mostly set inside the dream world, Ms Gray does an excellent job of keeping believability alive while injecting plenty of fantasy elements that could only be conjured up in a dream. The concept of the Greymen and the world they inhabit and what they do was a new one for me and were one of the things that piqued my curiosity about this novel in the first place.

A nice fat twist towards the end of the novel makes me want to read the next one, so I’ll be keeping my eyes open for the next book in this series.

The only other notes I made while reading this was I wasn’t sure how the cover fitted the book. It wasn’t a turnoff, I just had a hard time reconciling the cover with the storyline of the book. Yes, it starts with a space adventure but the rest of the book mostly inside a shared dream. Maybe I’m over-thinking it.

I’ve just realised I’ve written this review slightly differently to my others. Usually I include a grab of the blurb further up. No matter, here it is now:

For the second time in thirty years, the entire world has fallen asleep.

Thirty years after the Greymen caused the decimation of her people, high school drop out Rain Collins spends her days learning to pickpocket and hold her booze. Yet she longs for the freedom and adventure of the Dreamwalkers of the past.

When the Greymen return and send her world into a second Big Sleep, Rain discovers her own innate powers and finds the epic adventure she has always sought.

But she soon learns that the dangers of the dream world are far greater than she ever expected.

Hunted by a particularly fearsome Greyman, Rain must put herself at constant risk to keep her friends and family safe from the nightmares. While she rages against the invaders, she searches for the nefarious truth behind their return. Driven by the true thirst for freedom, she will stop at nothing to drive the Greymen from her planet forever.

TL;DR Version

Ultimately, I really enjoyed this book, even if I wasn’t a fan of the opening. Check out the sample on Amazon or grab a copy for free*.

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