Janie has a lot of depressing things going on in her life. Her mother is a barely functioning alcoholic, they live in a small, economically depressed Michigan town, and she routinely gets sucked into people’s dreams. Anywhere people sleep (study hall, waiting rooms, movies) can be an energy draining look into the subconscious of others. Now, at 17, Janie wants more from her life, but her secret and its effects, could keep her from the future she wants until she finds out it could also open other doors, as well.
This is a three book series, and I read all of them, but there was just something missing. First of all, the narrative was difficult for me to get through. It is distracting to the point of almost being a novelty. The relationship with Janie’s mother is never really explored, even though the story seems to suggest there might be some resolution. That’s not the only character that is only halfway developed. The idea behind this story is very good and could have been so much more, but I think the writer was either held back by an inconsistent writing schedule or simply didn’t have the entire idea in her head when she started writing. In any case, while this would make a good TV show or movie, the book falls short and leaves you wanting a lot more depth and character development.