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 ridges 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.
From Caragh M. O'Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes the first book in a new series, The Vault of Dreamers, a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.
Rosie Sinclair's one shot at becoming a film director is attending the Forge School, so she's willing to put up with certain oddities. The school broadcasts students' daily lives as the popular reality program The Forge Show, and only those with the highest "blip ranks" get to stay. Additionally, students must spend 12 hours sleeping, in accordance with the school's belief that rest enhances creativity. Rosie is more comfortable behind the camera, but she plays along, earning her way into the top 50 with help from new friends and a well-timed kiss. When Rosie skips her sleeping pill, she discovers the school's true purpose is more sinister than a quest for ratings. O'Brien (the Birthmarked trilogy) mixes the appeal of a classic boarding school novel with modern concerns about surveillance and reality as performance art, while questioning how human perception creates that reality in the first place. The final plot twist doesn't quite satisfy after the race to the climax, but more of this series is yet to come. Like viewers of The Forge Show, readers will want to keep watching Rosie. Ages 12 up.
Very interesting concept. I can't wait to read the next one... I really hope there is a sequel.