Monday, September 15, 2014
The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien
Fascinating book - dreadful ending. Supposedly there will be a sequel? Even if there is, the ending is icky. The premise is that Rosie is a student in a school for the arts that is also a reality TV series. The students begin with a ranking system and after a week or so, half of the freshman class is sent home if their viewer ratings are too low - the top 50 are kept. There is mystery - what happens when they sleep for 12 hours?, intrigue - how many of the staff know what is going on? and romance, but also a lot of confusion and in the end, lots of deception. I even feel like the readers are deceived. It was doing so well until the very last part - then - crash and burn. I think that there were not enough details given about exactly what the seeding/mining is or does and how it is done and the lack of detail made it confusing and difficult to believe and follow. If there is a sequel, I do want to read it because I would be interested in what the author does with the situation that was at the end of this book.