Inception meets The Magicians

All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.

As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

This wildly imaginative debut explores what happens when the secret world’s that people hide within themselves come to light.

Reverie, Ryan La Sala
December 3, 2019

I liked Inception, I liked The Magicians. I was not a fan of Ryan La Sala’s Reverie. The description was intriguing enough, the police found Kane half-dead in a river and he has no memory of what happened. There are promises of dragging and danger and wildly imaginative plot elements.

But I didn’t see it. I stopped at a quarter of the way through Reverie and had to push myself to get there through the mundanity. La Sala’s writing is strong but the plot was weak and the characters could not hold my interest long enough for me to wait for monsters.

In that 25%, a single monster showed up. I never saw a subterranean temple or a Victorian home rife with scandal and sorcery. I did see a lot of sass.

Kane’s sass is really the only thing that kept me reading. He’s got an answer for everything whether or not he says it out loud.

Ultimately, I think the writing is enough to carry fans through the rest of the story where it wasn’t enough for me.

My Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Published by J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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