by Ryan La Sala


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"An outstanding debut...[that] will light readers' imaginations on fire."—School Library Journal STARRED Review

"A fever nightmare of epically queer proportions."—Mark Oshiro, author of Anger Is a Gift

Inception meets The Magicians in this wildly imaginative story about what happens when the secret worlds people hide within themselves come to light.

All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can't remember anything since an accident robbed him of his memories a few weeks ago. And the world feels different—reality itself seems different.

So when three of his classmates claim to be his friends and the only people who can tell him what's truly going on, he doesn't know what to believe or who he can trust. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident, and only he can stop their world from unraveling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492682660
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 12/03/2019
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 69,963
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: HL710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ryan La Sala grew up in Connecticut, but only physically. Mentally, he spent most of his childhood in the worlds of Sailor Moon and Xena: Warrior Princess, which perhaps explains all the twirling. He studied Anthropology and Neuroscience at Northeastern University before becoming a project manager specialized in digital tools. He technically lives in New York City, but has actually transcended material reality and only takes up a human shell for special occasions, like brunch, and to watch anime (which is banned on the astral plane). Reverie is Ryan's debut novel. You can visit him at

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Reverie 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
onemused 7 months ago
REVERIE is a captivating and unique YA fantasy without adequate comparisons. The book follows Kane, a teenage boy who was in a strange car accident and who has lost a lot of his memories. He is close to his sister, Sophia, but is otherwise a bit of a loner. That is, he thought he was, but upon finding some pictures and running into some classmates, he is learning that the truth was something different. Kane has stumbled upon The Others, a group which he was once a part of. This group has powers and can remain lucid during reveries, the magical manifestation of someone's fantasy/dreams that overtakes reality and must come to completion before they unravel it. Otherwise, the world may be destroyed. As hinted in the synopsis, Poesy is a drag queen whose role is unclear. At first, she seems like a help to Kane, but her plots may be more sinister than they originally seem. With Kane's memories forgotten, the reader follows along with him to understand the past, save the present, and act to save the future. What I loved: This was a truly unique book, and I was completely enthralled from start to finish. I am not sure I have ever read something like this, and the comparisons all seem inadequate. I loved the characters too- Kane was himself and yet lost. Through his eyes, we explore everyone else. Poesy was probably one of my favorite villains in fantasy for her magical prowess, devious subterfuge, and her lofty speech. She was hard to pinpoint, and I think it made her all the more intriguing. Add that to The Others who we are unsure whether they are friend or foe, but the reader is still compelled to like, and Dean- mysterious boy- who really comes to life and evolves during the story. Dean is another amazing character, but the whole cast was just really well crafted. The whole premise was just fantastic too, as people's inner fantasies come to life in incredible, albeit sometimes horrific, displays. The power of such truths and their oddities were really beautifully well done. While some things made you laugh, others made you want to cry- it was fascinating. The world-building here was really amazing. Oh, and also, the LGBTQIA+ representation was really well done, with many characters and beautiful romances. Final verdict: Overall, this was a truly unique and enthralling fantasy with incredible characters, a well-crafted plot, and great romances. I would definitely love to see more from this talented author. Highly recommend for anyone looking for something completely different in YA fantasy. You won't regret picking up this gem! Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.
Inkslinger 3 months ago
Ryan la Sala's debut novel, 'Reverie,' reads like a dream. Not simply due to the fact large portions of the story take place in the walking fantasies of East Amity's citizens.. born into alternate realities with all the fervor of New Year's Eve fireworks, but because he writes as Van Gogh painted.. in rich strokes and vivid colors, textures you can feel even without being able to touch them. ​ A love story to the stargazer.. an encouragement to throw off all bonds.. and live boldly and brightly in all things, the novel feels as if its full to bursting with hope. Settle for nothing, fight for what you want.. for what you believe in.. and make sure above all else, that you believe in yourself. Honestly, I can't say enough good things about 'Reverie.' It's wildly imaginative, the prose is melodious, the characters are each deeply layered. Though it centers around a group of teens, they often feel ageless, as the focus is really on doing what's right.. on persisting.. and learning to see others beyond the surface. The development of the new worlds that periodically just materialize is elegantly scripted. No matter how outrageous the manifested story may seem, there's reason to it. Rhythm. It's a wonderful story. The comraderie between the main character, Kane, and his friends.. is reminiscent of the greatest coming of age stories of literature and film -- The Goonies, The Outsiders, Stand By Me.. you name it. They fight, they lash out, run or push each other away, yet when all is said and done, they continue to show up for one another. Much of the time is devoted to Kane trying to regain his memory, lost during a horrific accident that leaves him brutally scarred at some point before the opening of the story, as he tries to understand what happened and who he can trust. And this too is fascinating. The mystery is woven almost delicately throughout the daily goings-on of the characters. At times, it almost feels secondary to the sheer experience, but it is not. Of course, there are pairings within the group, but really only one romance throughout the pages. And it's beautiful. It's tender.. fragile at times.. then warming.. and swelling like a symphony at others. Even more that the resolution of the reveries, this is what I found myself cheering for.. hoping for, invested in. This glimmer of connection that appears, constantly threatening to wink out. Numerous times I found myself worriedly leaning into the pages or caught off guard when I'd allowed myself to relax, only for some potentially disastrous incident to occur. Sometimes my worst fears seemed to be realized and others, I didn't know enough to worry about the right things. I didn't want to put this book down once I started it.. and though I was delayed by other deadlines, I was constantly desperate to return to 'Reverie' and see where everything was going to end up. Ryan is a truly gifted writer and I expect great things are ahead yet for him.
KeepOnBooking 3 months ago
When the Barnes & Noble book club chose this book for the January book club, I was a little leary. I actually had this book from NetGalley and just couldn’t get into it. I tried for months to get into the book and just couldn’t do it. But, I hate to miss a book club, so I bought the book, hoping getting it in a physical copy would help. It did, but so did finally just sticking to it and getting through the first portion of the book. I’m going to say this now – the only character I actually like is Ursula. The main character, Kane, is so annoying I want to reach through and just smack the daylights out of him. His thing of nothing being able to remember anything about his accident or who he was/what he was like before the accident, asking people what he was like or who he was before the accident, and then not believing them drove me bonkers. Adeline’s attitude of seeming to be better than everyone is also annoying, Sophia’s overprotective character makes me cringe, and Elliott spends most of his time trying to impress Ursula. Poesy is a whole other ball of wax… let me tell you. I still don’t know if Poesy is biologically male and a drag queen, biologically female and dressed as a man for Kane and Poesy’s first meeting, or if Poesy is simply supposed to be unknown in gender – Poesy is referred to as “he” once or twice, “they/them” at other times, and “she” at other times. It’s a bit confusing and seriously easy to mis-gender Poesy because it’s hard to keep track of gender on that character. The writing is done very well. The editing not so much. There are several places were words are misspelled, the wrong words are used, and where words are missing, but that’s a double edged issue – writing and editing. I mean, honestly, you’d think the editors would have noticed. The story in and of itself is very creative. It gives a whole new perspective on “our own little worlds” and what could happen if those worlds managed to escape into reality. If you’re looking for a YA fantasy with major LGBTQ+ rep, I suggest you read this book. If there’s a sequel, I’m definitely going to read it.
bowlergirl81 5 months ago
The book starts after Kane Montgomery after an accident. He can't remember what happens or how he got the weird scars on his head. Kane tries to piece together clues including figuring out who the three other people are that he's with in a photo (it is a picture looking down at their shoes, so not as easy as you might think). As he's piecing together these clues he steps into a reverie which he later discovers is how he knows the others. The whole concept of a reverie is interesting. To describe it quickly you might say that it is a world based off of someone's dream. Kane and his friends are the only ones lucid in the reveries and they have to figure out how to unravel them. Kane and his friends need to find out what is causing these reveries and how to stop them from happening anymore. This was a really intriguing concept and I look forward to future novels from Ryan La Sala. #NetGalley #Reverie
KateU 5 months ago
This was a mind-bending mystery that left me guessing through most of the book. Trying to put together the pieces of Kane's missing memories kept me reading. What begins as a teenager searching to remember what led to his accident suddenly becomes much more when it becomes apparent reality itself isn't what it seems. Add in complicated family and friendship dynamics and this made for a unique ride.
redbirdwings 5 months ago
Reverie absolutely blew me away. Apparently, the author wrote this because he has not seen this written anywhere before in the science fiction and fantasy genres. I had requested to read this book long before a lot of the hype for it came about, but I became impatient to (metaphorically) crack it open after hearing so many good things from other readers. The story begins with Kane facing the aftermath of a car crash and a fire of a historic building. Trouble is, he doesn`t remember a thing about it. Reveries begin appearing, resulting from the subconscious desires of others within the community, and Kane finds himself in the middle of a mystery of why they appear and why the people who seem to understand them also know more about him than his own sister. The unraveling of his memories and the help he receives in putting them back together leads to one of the greatest magical and most bad-ass journeys into the history of the reveries and their impact on Kane`s world. The realm of magic and science fiction is not one you may have read before. Also, with a drag queen sorceress as he villain, the reader is taken on one wild and amazing ride.
sm0120 6 months ago
3.5* When I say authors are my rockstars, I really mean it-especially when it comes to books like this. I'm in awe of someone who can create a world like the one found inside the pages of Reverie. While at times I found it a bit slow going, and even a little confusing at first, I ended up really enjoying it. Reverie is imaginative, unique, and quite compelling. It's mysterious, with such incredible world building. I could definitely see the story being brought to life on the big screen. I really liked Kane's character, but he was a bit of a contradiction. Although losing your memory would probably do that to a person. He had to learn who he was, how he thought, what he knew, all over again. And we got to learn right along with him. He fumbled along for awhile, unsure of what was expected of him- is it wrong to say I found his struggles endearing? Kane has a lot to live up to and I enjoyed being there as he rediscovered who he was. I'd be remiss if I didn't at least mention the villain in this story- probably one of the most unique and entertaining ones you'll ever come across! They're one of those characters you love to hate and hate to love. I'm having a hard enough time trying to put my feelings down, that I'm not even going to try to go into detail about the story itself- because honestly, how can you really explain something like this? You just need to experience it. And this book is definitely an experience. Considering this is Mr. La Sala's debut novel, color me impressed! I look forward to seeing what he comes up with in the future.
MoonseeptGirl 6 months ago
This was a fast past adventure book that did a fantastic job at describing the journey that Kane was going through. one of the things that I really enjoyed about this book was the writing. I think La Sala did an amazing job bring thins world and characters to life. He really does know how to get emotions across and grip the ready from the very first page. Another great thing about this book was the diversity in it as well. It feels inclusive to the reader and I'm sure plenty of people will really enjoy this book.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Reverie was a fantastic ride through memory and dreams. It took me a minute to actually like Kane, but I enjoyed how as he was figuring out what was going on, we got to grow and understand him too. The villain was unlike any I've ever encountered in a YA fantasy and I loved her! Also, I enjoyed how the romance was woven into the book, but wasn't a main focus and how at the end everyone didn't get paired off. The writing wasn't my favorite and I found myself having to re-read things to really understand how the magic system worked. Also, I didn't feel like the stakes were high enough. I'm actually very interested to see what the author writes next because I think that I will enjoy that one more.
Bookyogi 6 months ago
This was good, and original, and I am glad I read it. "This is where it happened. This is where they found Kane's body." A good start right? Especially because it is in Kane's voice. A fantasy story where reveries are dreams made real that he and his friends must unravel time and time again. the villains are deceptive and villainy in all the right ways. There heroes, anti-heroes, rising up just when it is needed the most. Love is found in the best strange places. Ryan La Sala has quite an imagination and I am looking forward to what will come next from his creative mind.
Jill-Elizabeth_dot_com 7 months ago
This was a darkly cool tale about the importance of dreams – and the way they can take over our lives. The writing was evocative, the plot well-paced, and the drama was just the right amount of overblown to keep pace with the magnificently horrifying world(s) on display. There are drag queens on a mission, teenagers with super (scary) powers, and more worlds-within-the-world than one book should be able to safely hold. There are secrets and lies and secret lies. And there is an overarching tale about growing up and getting out of our own way long enough to realize who we are and who we want to be. It is, in a word, fantastic. In this truly imaginative tale, La Sala crafts a world that is manipulative AND manipulated in equal parts. There is magic here, and much of it lies in the characters and their quirks, foibles, and hidden depths. The story includes some heartache-inducing realizations about identity, self-awareness, and self-actualization. They are well-presented in a way that doesn’t feel preachy or Hallmark-movie-of-the-week, but instead ring with a clarity that I found quite resonant. As with so much YA fiction, there’s a lot of truth feathered into the dramatic story arcs in such a way that they further the story while simultaneously providing guidance and direction. It’s a tough dance but La Sala does a masterful job with it. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and will definitely be on the lookout for more from this creative and clever author! Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for my obligation-free review copy.
Brooke Allen 7 months ago
Reverie is one of those books that, if you really like the concept, you'll probably really like. It's very weird and creative. For me, it may have been a little *too* weird and out there. That doesn't mean that people won't love this book. It had some very strong points. I really liked the characters. Kane is recovering from some serious memory loss, and he's trying to piece together what is and isn't true. In addition, he's gone through a lot of trauma and is potentially in trouble with the police. His sister is caring but a little nosy. As the story progresses, we meet other people who Kane has to either figure out whether to trust or not. Kane is confused, and as a reader, we are also taken along in the confusion. Kane realizes that in his town, there are these waking dreams called reveries. They pull in other people that happen to be around. Most people don't realize that they're in these reveries, but a few people are lucid during them. They have some sort of responsibility to help the reveries get to their natural progression and come to its conclusion. It was all a little too much for me. Kane had to piece together his missing memories, figure out who to trust, and figure out what he needed to do with these reveries. As a reader, it was a little overwhelming. That might not be the case for some people, who might find it incredibly imaginative and engaging, but it was a little too out there for me. The book also had several loose ends. In the beginning of the book, the police were going after Kane, but I really didn't see how that got resolved (other than I know it must have). I also never knew why the reveries were going on in the first place. It seemed in the end, there was still a sense of danger, but the book reads like a stand-alone book. If you're looking for a very different, imaginative book, Reverie might be right up your alley. It was just okay for me though.
SchizanthusNerd 7 months ago
‘The act of crushing a dream can’t be minimised. At best, it’s mean. At worst, it’s murder.’ I need to stop getting sucked into book hype vortexes. I keep expecting too much and winding up disappointed, unsure if the let down is real or a result of the height of the pedestal I placed the book upon before I read the first sentence. “Reveries are what happens when a person’s imagined world becomes real. They’re like miniature realities, with their own plots and rules and perils.” I absolutely adored the concept of ‘Reverie’ and I love the design of the cover. I liked a lot of the sequences in the book, even though they felt disjointed at times, and thought the individual reveries I visited were very imaginative. So, what went wrong? My main problem with this book was its characters. I never connected with any of them and, because of that, I wasn’t emotionally invested in what happened to them. I wanted to laugh with them, cry with them and be concerned for them, but I walked alongside them numb. “You’re more powerful than you know.” I would have loved to have loved or hated various characters but in all honesty there are still two characters that remain interchangeable to me. I know both of their names but throughout the book, unless I was reading a description of one of them, I couldn’t remember which one they were. “Every reverie has a plot. If you don’t follow the rules of the reverie, you risk triggering a plot twist, and plot twists can be pretty deadly for people trapped inside reveries.” There were so many elements I loved: a drag queen sorceress with her teacup, a character that has a much loved copy of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’, pain transformed into power, subtitles appearing in a reverie whenever another language is spoken, and creations like a “gigantic nightmare horse-spider”. It should have all come together for me but it didn’t and I’m gutted. I’ve seen some glowing reviews of this book and I’m having major book envy; I wish I’d experienced the book the way they did. I’d encourage you to read some 5 star reviews. I hope you love it as much as they did. Content warnings are included in my Goodreads review. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to read this book.
bayy245 7 months ago
I wanted to love this one so badly. The cover is stunning and the premise sounded amazing. I loved the premise of the plot and the unique magic system. The writing was just missing something. The beginning presented us with a boy who couldn't even remember who he was and I was completed sucked in. The initial intrigue quickly dwindled as things got complicated, quickly. I spent the first 25% of the book confused out of my mind. A lot of things were happening and there really weren't any answers. When the answers started pouring in, they just didn't seem to fit. The relationship with his friends just didn't feel real to me and I wasn't won over to the idea of them as a unit that can't live without each other. They didn't seem to have his best interest at heart. They were very important players in the events that happened and yet I don't know anything about them. We get the most details about Ursula and yet she is still a mystery to me. The most we know about their personalities is linked with their powers. The relationships in this one were just a big problem for me. In the beginning, we see an amazing relationship with his sister. But it quickly unravels and they become almost enemies. They seem inseparable at the beginning and yet he throws her to the side the second he can. He spends most of the book using her, which doesn't fit the initial picture of them we get. We see little to no relationship with his parents and only have one conversation with his mother, which tells us nothing. I'm also confused as to why he threw his sister to the side and put all of his faith and trust in Poesy. This breaks from the amazing relationship we see at the start. Yes, he just went through something traumatic and is looking for answers, but pushing the safety and familiarity of his sister away for a stranger doesn't make any sense. There's a lot of questions left at the end as well. What happened to the police investigation? Is the mill standing now? Do the reveries stop after the events that happened? I really wanted to love this one. It has a drag queen sorceress for crying out loud. But this one fell really flat for me. I felt like it was a lot of beautiful words and flashy actions, missing a foundation to flesh out and build the story to let it stand on its own. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Sourcebooks Fire through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*
hoping4nash 7 months ago
All Kane knows is that he was in an accident at an old mill in town. He disappeared for a couple days, crashed his dad’s car which burst into flames, and woke up in a hospital days later with several burns. Problem is, he doesn’t remember the accident. Nor does he remember the summer. In fact, much of his life is a mystery. He discovers pictures in his room that suggest that he is friends with a girl named Ursula who he doesn’t remember being friends with. He remembers being really cruel to her in third grade but doesn’t remember ever being her friend. As he begins to unravel his life from his lost memories, he discovers that he is a part of a group called The Others who remain lucid when something called a Reverie becomes real. The Others help to protect those within the reverie before making sure it unravels safely. But the reveries are becoming more dangerous. And Kane must rebuild his life, trust people he doesn’t remember, and become more than who he was before to save the world from a drag queen sorceress who may just be behind all of this madness. I come into this review as someone who has genuine brain-processing issues with fantasy. This particular fantasy, however, will work well for people like me whose brains cannot process most on-page fantasies. Ryan La Sala created a grounded fantasy with solid world-building that allows for even someone like me to understand what’s happening throughout the story. The idea is intriguing, and it’s done extremely well. This will appeal to all YA readers even those like me who normally cannot process fantasy.
Courtneymcreative 7 months ago
"Reverie" might be one of the most original YA ‘magic’ books I’ve seen in a while.  What first drew the attention of many readers (and, eventually, myself) was the inclusion of lgbtq+ characters and a drag queen sorceress. After hearing a multitude of other people talk about reading this book, I finally gave in and requested myself a copy.  But what’s special about this novel, to me, isn’t its queerness; Reverie has one of the most interesting ‘fantasy’ elements I’ve seen in a  long time and a structure that turns the usual YA story line (literally) on its head.  I was intrigued from the beginning, in which we are thrust into Kane’s world after he has had an accident and wakes with very little memory of his life, relationships, and (most importantly) how he ended up in the crash to begin with...and how he got out. The first part of the story immediately sets up an unconventional structure in comparison to most YA novels like it, which was intriguing to me. But the tension didn't let up as we learn how and why Kane has lost his memories. My eagerness to flip page after page didn’t cease as I was immersed deeper and deeper into a world not so unlike our own, but which begs the question; what happens when our imagined realities are better than the real ones? And what if those realities came true? I loved the idea of the reveries, both in what they were and how they were realized on the page. The inclusion of real-life subtitles I found to be particularly clever and funny. At first, I thought that seeing the reveries described again and again would lose its charm, but each was so original, well-imagined and described, and made so much sense (eventually) in the context of their creation that I never got sick of them. In fact, I probably would have sat through hundreds of more pages of different reveries and enjoyed every second. In fact, overall, I thought that this story could have been longer. Although, I’m not sure if that’s just because I wanted more of the reveries or because I needed more. Some aspects, I thought, could have used a bit more time. For example, I might have liked to get to know our characters more, and let them establish (or re-establish) their relationships with Kane over a longer span of time. More ‘I wonder if I should trust them’ and ‘I don’t know what to think or who to trust’ angst wouldn’t have been ill-placed in my opinion...which is something I never thought I'd say about a YA fantasy like this... I also thought there could have been more exploration into how the ‘magic system' fit into a world so like ours and how it came about, although there’s enough already in there that I was never actually confused or felt like I missed information. But even when I had some doubts about the story, the writing style in this book is so whimsical yet uncomplicated that it never loses its charm to read.  I rated "Reverie" 4.5 out of 5 stars. Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.
Mjnorman 7 months ago
Reverie is a fast-paced adventure that follows protagonist Kane as he tries to unravel the mystery of just how he lost his memories and apparently destroyed a beloved historical site. Gripping right from the start, readers will quickly become engrossed with a quickly accelerating plot and well-designed characters. Kane's story isn't just one of solving a mystery, it's one of self-discovery and acceptance -- lessons that young readers will feel inspired and supported by!
shilo1364 7 months ago
This book was indeed very delightfully gay, and I am HERE for it. YA fantasy has progressed in recent years – it’s gone from not even acknowledging the existence of LGBT+ characters to including one (and sometimes more) as side characters, and even main characters. There’s often hints of a non-straight relationship in the background, less often as the main relationship. But none like this book, where nearly every character and relationship is LGBT+ and this isn’t treated as something odd, but as something too often looked down on but worth celebrating. La Sala approached every detail of the story with a “That’s good, but let’s make it gayer!” mentality. It made me love the book 100 times more. The memory-loss plot is not one I’ve come across often in YA books, and I enjoyed the mystery of it and the slow revealing of the layers of the story. I also greatly enjoyed the Reveries, and the way La Sala pulled in tropes from many different kinds of stories (dystopian futuristic, regency romance, barbarian sacrifice, superheroes) and then subverted them with the plot twists and the way the Reveries were resolved. I did get a little confused a few times, but that’s to be expected with a plot as twisty as this one. I wasn’t as connected to the characters and story as I wanted to be early on in the book, but I think that’s a side effect of viewing the story through the eyes of a POV character (Kane) who had lost his memory. He didn’t remember his close relationship with his friends, or the events leading up to his memory loss, so I was discovering it all right alongside him. And I did feel connected to the characters by the end, and felt like they had enough depth - it just wasn’t apparent until later in the book. I love the way Kane wasn’t sure of himself, and didn’t remember his past motives for his choices, and was tempted several times to just give in and run off into a fantasy of his own and hide from reality – but he kept showing up anyway and fighting to make the world better. Ursula and Dean and Elliot and Sophie were wonderful. I wasn’t sure about Adeline at first, but by the end I appreciated her much more. Poesy was wonderful and terrible and I didn’t know how much I needed a drag queen sorceress trying to replace reality with one of her own making. There was also a delicious amount of detail in the Reveries, and in Poesy’s reality and person, and it made the story that much richer. Also, I can’t stress enough how much I appreciated the way La Sala approached every detail of the story with a “That’s good, but let’s make it gayer!” mentality. That’s still far too rare to find in published fiction, and it was wonderful. Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a digital ARC of this book. recommended for: anyone who wishes YA fantasy were just a little bit gayer. Or a lot gayer.
CD_Stewart 7 months ago
One of my favorite occurrences in reading is when I begin a book, thinking I'll enjoy it, and end up ADORING IT. As in, ready to recommend across the world, purchase even though I have a free ARC, and happily promote it across all personal and professional channels, level LOVE IT. I am happy to Say that Ryan La Sala's book crossed into this vaulted category about a third of the way through. It was interesting and at least a four-star read up until then, but as the world became more and more complete, and the stakes quickly raised, I became deeply invested in Kane and the Others, as well as understanding exactly what was happening in this world. The premise of the book, that Kane awakes after a car accident without memory of what happened, is quickly abandoned (thank goodness). Kane discovers that dreams are coming to life around him and he is one of the rare ones that has the ability to stay lucid, i.e. he knows he is not in reality. Things quickly spiral from there as Kane learns more about his past, the struggles that left him in the position to have his memories missing, and the people who surrounded him through this time. A few things that I thought were truly outstanding: representation was clearly important to the author, and not only does he include individuals who are homosexual, but a gender fluid individual is very prominent in the book. Kane's experience and perception is very understandable as he interacts with Poesy for the first few times, and helps readers with a model that is useful as they might interact with gender fluid folks in real life. Romance is handled deftly but is easily of secondary importance. This is really great, as it often can overwhelm the plot. Most exciting to me were the reveries, or living dreams, themselves. We experience worlds as diverse as a dystopian future (complete with Katniss Everdeen-style heroine) and a romance novel setting (featuring a surprise ending with jewel-encrusted arachnids attacking our protagonists). These worlds were fully fleshed out, always subverted expectations, and were deeply enjoyable. They showed the author's ability to write in many worlds and his familiarity with tropes in each genre, which was so fun for a voracious reader like me. This book could be a standalone, or not. I'm not at all sure of the plans for returning to Kane and the Others, but you better believe I'm in for the ride. Thank you for this imminently readable, very representative, and exceptionally exciting offering. **I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.**
tpolen 7 months ago
Inception is one of my absolute favorite movies, so when I saw it listed as a comp title for this book, I really didn't need to read the rest of the blurb. "Wildly imaginative" is a perfect description of this book. Easily one of the most creative novels I've read this year. Kane is confused and unable to remember much of the trauma he recently experienced. He feels like a stranger in his own bedroom, and many of his personal items are a mystery to him. I was all in and needed to know more. Kane's quest to discover who he is takes the reader on an incredible, illusory journey through the fantasies/dreams/reveries of other people. At times, you may not know what's real or make-believe. Some of the characters have powers that come in handy when these reveries spiral out of control. And there's also a sorceress-like drag queen with a killer wardrobe. Can I just mention the creativity again? Kane's character is a treasure, and even in his confusion, his sense of humor shines through. His sister, Sophia, also has some memorable quips. While I liked the other supporting characters, I wanted more information about them and how they'd come together. By the end of the novel, I felt as if I barely knew them. With themes of sibling bonds and friendships, amazing representation, and vividly imaginative dream sequences, Reverie will leave you feeling like you just stepped off a bizarre carousel ride through a fantasy world. And I enjoyed every minute of it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.