The Vault of Dreamers (Untitled #1) by Caragh M. O'Brien ~ Review by Fallon

5 Out of 5 Stars

Author Description:

From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.
The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success:  every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

Fallon's Review:

I am a huge fan of Caragh M. O'Brien's Birthmarked Trilogy and am so thankful she was sweet enough to send me an ARC for review of Vault of Dreamers.

Forge is a school for the most gifted students of the arts in the country. Vault of Dreamers is set in the future. Testing the theory of being observed on camera produces stronger goals of achievement. These students also have to be on camera for 12 hours but then are put to sleep in separate shells for 12 hours. Then their is the competitive side of the game 100 start and only 50 can remain and the public votes for their top 50.

The rich and elite are among most of the privileged students to attend Forge but then we follow the story of Rosie who is the complete opposite. Rosie's mom works to support her entire family and she has a step-father she resents that just sits on the couch all day. Forge was Rosie's last chance at a potential future. Leaving Forge is not an option.

Rosie starts to skip her sleeping pill and notices things are not right and students are being taken and returned by morning. Rosie is determined to discover what is going on for the 12 hours off camera. Soon she finds herself in over her head.

I loved the psychology of this book. If you knew something and saw it for your own eyes and then were questioned by others who thought different, would you second guess yourself? How fragile is the mind and how easy is it to keep plucking till it unravels. I became so fascinated by where Caragh took this story.

For me this had the perfect ending. Now if you like ending where they wrap everything in a neat package and ride off into the sunset then this may not be for you. I loved the raw psychological aspect and felt everything that happened was so fitting for the message and story Caragh wanted to tell. I am giving this story 5 out of 5 stars and can not wait to read this again.


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