Review: Dare to Dream by Carys Jones

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Goodreads Summary: 

“The world was going to end. Of that, Maggie Trafford was certain.”

Fourteen-year-old Maggie Trafford leads a normal life. Well, as normal as being crammed in a three-bedroom house with four siblings and a single parent can be, anyway. But despite being somewhat ignored at home, Maggie excels, earning top grades, a best friend who would do anything for her, and stolen looks from a boy in Maths.

It’s not until the dreams start that Maggie realizes “normal” is the least of her problems. Every night, she lives the same nightmare—red lightning, shattered glass, destruction. But nightmares are just that, right? No one believes her when she says it’s an omen. At least, not until the already mysterious pillars of Stonehenge start falling.

No longer alone in her fear, Maggie and the world watch with bated breath as one after another, the historic stones tumble, like a clock counting down. But only Maggie knows what it means: when the last stone falls, destruction will reign. And when the world ends, there’s only one option left—survive.

Horrifying and raw, Dare to Dream is equal parts tragedy and hope, detailing the aftermath of apocalyptic catastrophe, the quest for survival, and the importance of belief.

My Review

Dare to Dream is a new apocalyptic story that is unlike most I’ve read before. Maggie is a 14 year old quiet math geek, surrounded by a loud and neglectful family and ignored by most everyone in her life except for her best friend Dawn. Maggie lives a pretty normal life, that is until she starts dreaming of the end of the world. At first she thinks little of it, but when the nightmares won’t go away and soon become physically harmful to her, she begins to realize that her dreams are much more than a horrific nightmare but are a warning for the impending apocalypse.

Maggie was a very well developed female lead, I felt for her situation throughout. Carys Jones did a good job of establishing the premise for the apocalypse. However, it almost felt like there was a little too much set up for the imminent doom. I found myself wondering when the dreams were finally going to come true, because 50% flew by and not a whole lot of plot development had occurred. Although, I definitely appreciated the unique quality of the way the apocalypse was gonna go down! I mean Stonehenge falling would be quite disturbing, and red lightning would frankly be pretty damn epic to see!

When the apocalypse finally did hit,  I was so ready to be on the edge of my seat with all the action, but it was almost anticlimactic. Yes there were definitely some intense moments that surprised me, but as soon as they happened, the action slowed down to focus on Maggie’s journey to safety with her best friend Dawn, and her unexpected friend/more than friend Andy.  I did enjoy the brewing romance between Andy and Maggie though, that was a nice touch  for sure! Throughout the story, more and more questions arose and I was eager to see where the events would take me. However, very few to none of them were answered. The book ended on a peak, leaving it entirely open for a book two and confirmed for me that Dare to Dream’s main focus was the build up for what is sure to come in the rest of the series.

Dare to Dream was a unique story of one girl’s efforts to convince the world that the end is here. The apocalyptic events were intriguing and the characters were well developed. I look forward to seeing what Jones has in store for Maggie and her friends.

You can buy Dare to Dream on Amazon here.

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