Published by HarperCollins Publishers on 2014-05-08
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Horror & Ghost Stories, Young Adult
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
Lisa McMann's Wake trilogy meets the blockbuster Inception in this dark page-turner from #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike.
Oracles see the future but are never supposed to interfere. Charlotte learned that the hard way. If she hadn't tried to change one of her childhood visions, her father would still be alive. Since the accident, Charlotte has suppressed her visions to avoid making the same mistake. But when she receives a premonition of a classmate's murder, she can no longer ignore her powerful gift.
Then Charlotte meets someone who not only knows her secret but who also has a way for her to stop the killer. He offers to teach her how to manipulate her visions to change the future. But doing so will put Charlotte in the path of the murderer.…
Aprilynne Pike's bestselling Wings series was called "remarkable" by Stephenie Meyer, bestselling author of the Twilight Saga. And her most recent novel, Life After Theft, was cheered as a "whirlwind adventure" by School Library Journal. Now Aprilynne returns with this exhilarating departure from her previous novels. Sleep No More is a psychological thrill ride that is sure to keep readers' hearts racing until the very end.
~ The set-up is this: Charlotte is an Oracle. Think Greek mythology and Cassandra and prophesies.
~ Only Oracles nowadays, according to Charlotte’s Aunt Sierra, fight their visions of the future. At one time Oracles were abusing their powers, being used abusively for their powers, and basically were responsible for the fall of Rome.
~ There are rules to being an Oracle- Never reveal you’re an Oracle to anyone who isn’t one. Fight your visions, and never ever change the future.
~ Charlotte follows these rules because the one time she tried to change the future to save her aunt, her father died and her mother became confined to a wheelchair.
~ I love the color of the cover, but why does it look like she has a really thick mustache and beard?
~ I really liked the beginning of the book, Charlotte’s alienation at school because of her visions, the way she fought off the visions, and of course the murders, because, hey, I’m a midnight girl and a rising body count help keep me interested in a book.
~ There is a boy in the book, and his name is Linden. He seems sweet enough, and good looking enough, and certainly he’s rich enough (his parents hire a guard to protect him once the murders start happening), but I would say the main focus of the story is not about Charlotte finally getting noticed by Linden as a dateworthy girl. If you like a lot of romance with your YA, then you’ll probably be a little let down, although they have some cute moments.
~ Being an Oracle pretty much sucks as far as I can tell. Darkness can add strength to your visions, so basically Oracles live like the kids from Nightmare on Elm Street, but with even worse social lives.
~ Sierra keeps a lot of information from Charlotte, basically telling her that until she becomes a member of the Oracle organization The Sisters of Delphi there’s nothing else Charlotte needs to know. Which of course makes Charlotte want to know what she’s not allowed to know. I would think as an Oracle, Sierra would be familiar with the whole Pandora myth. We seek out the forbidden, especially teens who have to stay home a lot because they can’t drive and are socially ostracized.
~ Charlotte’s current visions are too strong to fight and involve her classmates. She feels she can’t go to Sierra, so when Smith shows up it’s hard to resist someone who’s willing to tell her more about her powers.
~ There’s an element of crime-fighting with the Charlotte/Smith duo, and the way they try to stop the murders, which I quite liked.
~ But… I had problems with this book. I loved the concept, really I did. There’s just too much that’s obvious early on. Despite being told how hard Sierra is on Charlotte, she pretty much disappears most of the book. Charlotte has no real friends, and yet is connected to most of the victims, but we never feel that connection. It’s obvious that there’s something off with her relationships with Smith and Linden, so it’s hard to connect with either of them (not that it’s a love triangle- which would be gross, since Smith is an adult). Basically from about half way through, I found myself yelling at Charlotte for all that she was missing. The book would have been better with stronger editing and more suspense, although Pike’s writing is good and even with the many flaws I still wanted to read it.
~ My favorite part of the book was the “vision training” scenes with Smith and Charlotte. I liked that she was learning more about her powers, which I found fascinating.
~ There aren’t going to be a lot of surprises at the end, because so many clues are dropped that even I could pick them up, but I still liked the book- I just had higher expectations for it.
Charlotte Westing- teen oracle and our heroine.
Sierra- Charlotte’s oracle aunt, she wants Charlotte to turn away from her visions.
Linden Christiansen- the popular nice guy who Charlotte has harbored a crush on for a long time.
Smith- he’s the apparent Giles to Charlotte’s Buffy.
Mrs. Westing- Charlotte’s mom, confined to a wheelchair since the last time Charlotte tried to prevent a vision from happening.
When Charlotte awakes with a knife and covered in blood.
Stop the Clock:
I really loved the idea behind this book, but it just didn’t come together the way it should have. It was hard to connect with Charlotte, or even why she cared so much about the victims since mostly her connection to them was fairly negligible. It was almost all Charlotte all the time, and this book could have used some well developed secondary characters. It was still a fun read though, and I’m a fan of Pike so I’ll continue to read her books in the future. I just felt like this should have been edited a lot more and made tighter.
Sleep No More gets a Midnight Book rating of: