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on April 14, 2011 :
Cassandra Dade is a Dream Merchant who has been trained as a Dream Assassin, a skill so rare that it had become almost mythical. She is a highly skilled but tormented woman, who leaves Earth to start a new life on planet Altair IV, where she'll find a partner and friend, and also a part of her past she'd rather have left behind.
Don't Fall Asleep is an action-packed book in which Cassandra is a hunter who soon finds that she is being hunted as well. While her relationship with Nathan -- her newly found partner -- develops into a warm friendship, the author introduces us to a world where the deepest and dirtiest wholes are far more interesting than the high domes where the ruler class live a sheltered and dull life.
The dream waving concept, as well as the description of the dreams the characters enter, are the highlights of this book. I have always been curious to learn how is the working of other people's minds, and dreams seem to be a good window to understand it. Laura portrays the characters' personality very well through their unconscious minds.
The action in the book is slowed down by the frequent strolls Cassandra and Nathan make together. While they are entertaining, the get a bit exasperating as the book reaches to its climax. To the contrary, the traumatized Cassandra seems rather quick in inviting her future partner to her highly secured (and amazing) house.
All in all, Don't Fall Asleep is a pleasant reading that ends tipping up what's coming up in the next book. I sure want to know how Cassandra and Nathan will defeat the hidden villain, but I confess I'm even more curious to learn more about Artie.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 28, 2011 :
A paranormal thriller set in the future. The dream assassin idea is a good concept but the book reads very starkly as the story is not told from any point of view.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)