Welcome to the fourth day of the Never Sleep Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! My stop is a review post and let me tell you people, this book is insanely good! Read my 4-star review below to know why Never Sleep really didn't let me sleep. (See what I did there?) There's also a tour-wide giveaway which everyone can enter. And don't forget to check out the tour schedule and visit the other stops. ^__^
Never SleepAuthor: Cady Vance
Genre: YA Science fiction
Published: March 15th 2015 by Sagan Press
ARC Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Purchase from: Amazon
Thora Green had a life once upon a time. But that ended the day her parents enrolled her in sleep clinic prison. At the facility, her chronic months-long insomnia is observed by scads of doctors, but she is never actually treated for her dire disease. In a feat of desperation, Thora escapes from the CT sleep facility and heads straight for NYC. Buried deep in the city’s underbelly, there is rumored to be a clinic called the Insomniacs’ Café: a secret haven where people like Thora can find relief. But finding it is going to take a lot more than a map app on an i-phone.As Thora joins forces with Aiden and Florence, two fellow insomniacs, their search will take them from the dusty bookshelves of The Strand, to a quest for red-velvet cupcakes at Magnolia, to countless taxi and subway rides. Clues leading to their final destination are waiting for them at every turn. But so are Sleepers—a powerful core of sworn-enemies to all Insomniacs— who wish to see Thora and her friends destroyed at any cost.
Never Sleep is a fast-paced, eye-popping, heart-stopping novel that kept me wide awake even at two in the morning. This book will probably make me a fan of YA science fiction. (Let's see. ^__^)
So, insomnia. Scroll to the top of the page again. See where it says "Books and Insomnia"? So maybe the reason I signed up for this tour is because I saw the word insomnia in the blurb. I thought, Hey. I would totally like this book! I have a teeny weeny mild case of insomnia (or so I'd like to believe when in fact I just stay up late to devour books) so I'm sure I would relate. (*clicks "Sign-up for this tour"*) And I'm just so glad to say that it didn't disappoint. I WAS BLOWN!
We were given a glimpse of New York and the brilliant 'scavenger hunt' plotted across the city. This well-written adventure was very engaging to read. I really enjoyed the fast pacing of the story and the fact that there's almost always threat lurking in the corners. The mystery factor was very high and reading Never Sleep was such a roller-coaster ride.
Thora may be the protagonist and narrator of the story, but the plot doesn't just revolve around her. She's not the only one suffering from Insomnia. She's not the only patient getting those treatments. She's actually not that special (at first). But I admire Thora for being a strong protagonist. She's determined and even when things got tougher, she pushed on and never gave up. The character development was subtle, but definitely there.
The other characters were not that interesting, though. Florence, Aiden and Odin were just your typical teenagers, except that they're also insomniacs. Nothing exceptional about them, but I liked Odin because he's such a loving and protective brother to Thora. He stood up for her even to their parents, and I gotta admire that kind of sibling love.
I loved the prose and I was totally digging the figures of speech. The author sure knows how to play with words. Although I think the internal monologue sounded way more mature than Thora's sixteen years. They were often melodramatic and so serious. Impressive, yes, but sometimes it can be quite depressing.
I'm not sold on the romance, though. It felt forced, unimportant and unnecessary. Lucas gives the mysterious vibe, but he's a bit predictable to me. I actually guessed what he was even before he told Thora. I liked him as he is, but I don't really see him as Thora's love interest.
I don't read a lot of sci-fi so I was pretty much weirded out by all that shit going on. But it's insanely good and I freaking loved it! I don't dare enumerate those things to you because you'll be spoiled and believe me, it's so much better to discover them for yourselves. This book is full of tension, but it's not exhausting to read. It's really exciting and the twists and turns will keep you turning the pages to know what will happen next.
Speaking of twists, that revelation about a certain character surprised me a lot. I was suspicious of this character all throughout the novel, but I never thought his/her secret would be that shocking and very scifi-y. Holy mother of secrets! That was really impressive.
All in all, Never Sleep is a really good novel. It's creative and absorbing. And while I'm okay with it being a standalone, I'd love to know more about Thora and the other Insomniacs, especially that they finally found the Cafe and were closer to the cure they need. Two thumbs up!
Meet the Author
Cady Vance is the author of YA and NA speculative fiction. After growing up in small-town Tennessee, she decided to embark on a grand adventure by packing up her bags and moving to NYC. Now, she studies for her PhD in the UK and dreams of seeing the universe.Author links:
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