The Dream Thieves
Book II of the Raven Cycle
Scholastic Press, 2013
AGES: Young Adult
Projected Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Reviewed from an uncorrected proof
This is the second book in the Raven Cycle. And although there might be confusion if someone were to pick up the story with this book, those who have read the first book will be thoroughly pleased to read the continuation of the story. Mostly this book has Ronan written all over it. We learn more about how he can pull things from dreams. But we also learn that Adam’s sacrifice and Gansey’s determination are both costing more than either would care to admit. Not to mention that Blue still is Blue and things just seem to be exemplified when she is around. With the ley line being erratic, the hunt for Glendower is even more complicated than ever. Plus there are loads of others who are looking for something called the Greywaren and they are dangerous to anyone who will get in their way.
Seriously, this story is just a continuation of The Raven Boys, with all the amped-up energy only Stiefvater can bring. In the first book, I fell in love with Blue and Gansey and Adam. But here, I learned to appreciate Ronan and Noah. But especially Ronan. His tragic past along with his remarkable ability bring depth to not only the group, but to the goals that the group totally wish to accomplish. And Adam. Oh Adam. He didn’t understand what he sacrificed at the end of the last book…and it nearly kills him. Yet, if he hadn’t done what he did (or what he does in this book), there would be no Ronan, Noah, Gansey, or Blue. Mostly, this book is a look at what cost each one has to give in order to have a part in the “something more” that Blue longs for. And this book also reveals that the “something more” is still yet to come. Oh, the ache of knowing it will be another long wait before I can find out more about this mysteriously eclectic group. And for what happened to the character mentioned in the last sentence. Seriously, those hints at what are to come are gut-wrenching…and the perfect way to end the story.
Book Discussion Questions:
Why did the ley line cause so many power surges?
The friendships in this group seem more fragile in the second book in this cycle. Why?
Why wouldn’t Blue tell Adam about why she won’t kiss anyone? Why did she already tell Gansey?
Is Mr. Gray a good-guy or a bad-guy? Both? Why?
Compare and contrast Ronan and Kavinsky.
Why is Ronan so afraid of going to sleep? Why isn’t Kavinsky?
What was the last language on the box?
Everyone keeps talking about how time is circular. What do they mean? How can this affect finding Glendower?