The Big Sleep (Dreamcallers #1)
by Meaghan Gray
Published: April 1st 2017
For the second time in thirty years, the entire world has fallen asleep.
A science fantasy adventure.
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.
It is always so humbling when I get offered the chance to review a writer’s first book. It is super exciting and scary at the same time, because you never know what you are going to get!
In the case of The Big Sleep, I was really very pleasantly surprised. There is an intriguing mix of Mystery, Suspense and Sci-Fi all in the one book. In addition, to that we have a strong female lead that reminds me very much of some of my favorite ladies in series previously covered in previous blogs. Now, if you want me to give you more details, I would say that Rain is a strong reminder of Nazafareen, Supernova and Mable!
The series should fit in perfectly with my favorite badass ladies!
I am really happy about that!!!
I think that The Big Sleep is a wonderful start of a series, and I have the feeling that what will come next will be every better! Meaghan has clearly demonstrated keen storytelling and a great mind at weaving a really original plot.
There are parts in there that I did see coming (I am awesome like that :-p) and others that really took me by surprise and bit do I love those moments when that happens!
We have good characters, that are getting into their own and have plenty of room and develop across the following books, though I cannot say if this book is in 2, 3 or even more volumes. However, I am expecting great things in the Book 2 and more action happening.
Now, I know that I did not give you all too many details about the plot and you know as my beloved readers that I do that often enough, as I want you to go through the journey like I did! But, I can tell you we have some sweet fights and some good action!!
The Big Sleep is really an easy read and I finished it in one go while I was away on holidays (one of my cruises) and I enjoyed it very much! I do think there are bits that could be finessed but frankly, I enjoyed it very much and could not put it down!
I am going to strongly recommend it if you like some good sci-fi and looking to saving the earth! The question is when is book 2 coming out?
About The Author:
Meaghan Gray is a technical writer by day and storyteller by night. Lover of fantasy, complex magic systems, young adult fiction, creative apocalyptic scenarios, and virtually all things speculative fiction.
Currently writing and publishing a series entitled The Big Sleep. The first installment, The Big Sleep: Dreamwalkers, will be released for free on April 1, 2017. I’m excited to connect with readers and writers alike. Let’s chat!