Title: Dream Me
Author: Kathryn Berla
Date: July 11th 2017
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Genres: Romance, Time-Travel, Young Adult
Zat is a dreamer from the distant future—a time when humans no longer dream and Earth is a desolate wasteland. He dreams of the beautiful Earth of the past, and a fiery-haired beauty named Babe.
Against the wisdom of his peers, Zat decides to risk everything to travel back in time and live in Babe’s dreams…
Babe is the perpetual new girl in town. Her father’s job frequently moves the family around the country, and Babe just longs for a place to call home. As she settles into the sleepy town of Sugar Dunes, Florida, Babe begins to have strange dreams of a green-eyed boy named Zat. Night after night, Babe shows Zat her world. But the dreams come at the cost of nearly crippling migraines every morning. Babe’s life outside of her dreams pales in comparison to her growing love for Zat and their time spent together.
But the more time Babe and Zat spend together in her dreams, the more Babe’s pain increases, and Zat begins to question the reality of his existence. How can he live a life with Babe, when all they have is her dreams?
Can a dream become a reality?
Dream Me by Kathryn Berla is a YA sci-fi book, whose main characters are Babe and Zat.
Zat is from the future, where it’s impossible to live on Earth. So he decides to time travel back, living in the dreams of Babe. A senior who just moved to Florida. It’s summer, the school hasn’t started yet and she works at a tennis shop.
What a wonderful thing it is to dream. To live out random and fantastical experiences every night. He knew dreams could be terrifying, but he also knew they could be magical.
Babe has been all around the country, and now she has recently moved to Sugar Dunes in Florida. She has a travel blog a little different from the other ones. In this blog she talks more about how she is settling down, rather than all the places she has visited. I loved the comments of her followers. Some were really funny!
The book lacks a scientific basis, as the author doesn’t explain how can people time travel, when and how the human body changed to adapt to the new climate, or how they can travel into the space. Plus, I don’t understand the insta-love Babe felt towards Zat. I love when the author builds up the relationship between the main characters, so I was a little disappointed.
Another thing I disliked was the fact that Babe didn’t tell her parents or some friends about the sexual harassment she was subjected to. I know that she only did it for the sake of her parents, but it may give a wrong message and be interpreted as a different way to deal with such situations.
Despite tha many flaws, the story was engaging and the friendships Babe forges in this summer are heart-warming to read, though I wanted more scenes about her and her friends: Mai, the foreign girl who is really great at drawing; LeGrand Buell, who is a rich boy with parents who neglect him, and then we have Alonso, the intelligent one and the youngest of the group.
He reaches down, holding his hand out for her, and she looks up at him as though she knows him. As though she has always known him the same way he’s always known her.
And then he knows he’s arrived.
The writing style was really good, with a fast-paced story. The book was a page-turner, it left you with the need to know more about the two main characters, and though I was disappointed by the story, I give it a solid 3 out of 5 stars.
I recommend it for a light and quick read.
About the author
Kathryn Berla graduated from the University of California at Berkeley as an English major. She has lived in many different countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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