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Dreamwalker
Andrea Ruygt, author
13 year old Jody's grandmother passes away shortly after she moves to the East Coast with her mother to take care of her. What she knew of her life is falling apart as she is forced to deal with death, a grieving mother, and a school bully. But before she can embrace these changes, one night she wakes from her sleepwalking, facing an entirely new challenge: Jody he must travel through a strange world, with her worst enemy, finally face the truth and get back home.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 7.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: This novel starts strong, with fantasy elements that readers will immediately appreciate. The plotting, at times, seems formulaic. The pacing is solid, except for the abrupt ending.

Prose: Despite vivid details and believable dialogue, the writing is inconsistent. Parts of the manuscript are structured very well, while others feel rushed and less polished.

Originality: The idea of walking through dreams is a familiar one, but Ruygt does an excellent job with worldbuilding. The conversations between the various characters are entertaining and creatively imagined.

Character Development: Both Jody and Harvey are complex, believable characters. But the rushed ending makes it impossible to really appreciate how much Jody grows over the course of the adventure.

Date Submitted: August 03, 2017

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