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Insomnia (The Night Walkers #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  1,306 ratings  ·  321 reviews
Her eyes saved his life.
Her dreams released his darkness.

After four years of sleeplessness, high school junior Parker Chipp can't take much more. Every night, instead of sleeping, he enters the dreams of the last person he's made eye contact with. If he doesn't sleep soon, Parker will die.

Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful...more
Paperback, 351 pages
Published June 8th 2013 by Flux (first published June 1st 2013)
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May 07, 2014 Brandi rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nobody

1.5 Stars

The story is about Parker, who hasn't actually slept in 4 years, and is an invisible bystander to the dreams of the last person he made eye contact with. As things get progressively worse he can only trust his best friend, and his friend's sister, to help him uncover what is wrong with him, and help the girl that he found out he can sleep with (har har).

For such a wholly original idea (to me anyway), this book sure wasn't anything special. I mean, watching the dreams of the last pers...more
J.R. Johansson
Sep 13, 2014 J.R. Johansson added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This book is unexpectedly creeptastic. It even surprised me, and I wrote it. I can also say with complete bias, that even after reading it approximately 1,247,463 times, I still like it.

That has to mean something, right?

You should read it and let me know. :)
2.5 stars

If nothing else, J.R. Johansson’s debut novel is really quite original. The premise here involves the main character, a Watcher, being forced to enter the dreams of the last living person that he had eye contact with. As a consequence, he is unable to let his mind rest. And the sleep-deprivation is slowly killing him.

It’s an interesting concept, and I was definitely wholly intrigued by Parker’s ability, but the actual execution is rather disappointing. For a start, there are far too man...more
Initial reaction: I wasn't that impressed with "Insomnia," despite some pretty awesome aspects that were peppered into the story. My primary problem was the protagonist Parker - usually I don't mind unreliable narrators if I can sympathize/empathize with them, but Parker irritated me more times than not. The writing in this didn't really support the storyline that well either, having one too many holes and some expansions that were difficult to buy for me. And I couldn't get the Al Pacino/Robin...more
Steph Sinclair
OMG! I love this cover. Super creepy. I approve! I can't wait to read this!
Hayden Casey
Jul 10, 2012 Hayden Casey marked it as want-plz
This sounds very interesting, like something Lisa McMann would write. Hopefully, it's just as good!
Actual rating 4.5 star.

In the barren wasteland of YA (I seriously cannot stand this new wave of New Adult books), this was truly awesome, guys. If only the ending is not so anti-climatic...

As usual, with amazing books, I don't really have much to say but I'll try anyway since I need to convince you to read this!

The book opens up strong, I was quickly thrown into the harsh reality of Parker's world. He couldn't sleep for four years, instead, at night he is forced to watch the dreams of the last p...more
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DNF Mini review.

There are people who genuinely enjoyed this book. Then there are the few that disliked this to a large extent- one of them being me. The only shining point in this novel was the idea. But look no further as the execution was illogical and far-fetched, also, in no way, shape or form I could relate to the main character. Calling Insomnia a disappointment does not even begin to cover my emotions right now.

Insomnia opens to a illustrative beginni...more
Faye, la Patata
Thank you Flux and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for a review. This generous act did not influence my review in any way.

As a person who oftentimes finds herself still awake in the wee hours of the morning, and as someone truly fascinated in the subject of sleep deprivation (having experienced it in my university life once or twice, ahem), it comes as a no wonder that the moment I saw Insomnia by J.R. Johansson on NetGalley, I felt that I just had to have it. Entering the dreams o...more
Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
Wow, I don't quite know what to say. I'm not sure what I think of this one, actually. Surreal, scary, unreal; it's like looking at a René Magritte painting. This book just wreaks havoc with my head. It features an unreliable narrator, and that's what took me for a spin. It was well-written, but there were problems with the plot that could have been solved by a few easy steps. I liked it, but I'm not sure if I loved it.

The concept is interesting and original, the execution is somewhat flawed. It...more
Wendy Darling
Hm. I'm not sure about this rating yet; the book started out pretty strong, but after awhile, there were too many logic gaps and convoluted scenarios. It's disappointing to find that what was an interesting psychological thriller (which I thought would have an extremely unusual answer to its mystery) turned out to be a pretty typical, and predictable, thriller after all.

Review to come.
Divergent Gryffindor
Insomnia was a compelling read in such a manner that I couldn't put down the book. It was gripping and interesting, and I just wanted to read the book as fast as I could because I just had to know what is happening.

This book is memorable for me because this is one of my first mystery books aside from Nancy Drew and others from my childhood. Though I'm not really open to any other genres aside from Contemporary Romance, this book caught my attention and I am really happy that I decided to read i...more
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I have one word to describe Insomnia: addicting. We have a fresh idea incorporated with flawless execution, and I couldn't get enough of JR Johansson's debut.

The dominant topic here is both exhilarating and unlike any other. Parker has a special ability to experience the dreams of the last person they made eye contact with. The only catch is that he doesn't get any real sleep because his brain is active during all of the dream...more
Renee Collins
A tip for readers of Insomnia: Clear your schedules before beginning this book. DO NOT start reading just before bed if you have to get up early the next morning. And use caution when reading during class or at work.

Guys, this book will grab you and not let go.

J.R. Johansson weaves a story that gets right into your head. It's smart, creepy, chilling, vivid, and exciting. I was truly kept guessing until the end. In fact, I can't wait to read it again and see what I missed!
May 26, 2012 Carmen marked it as to-read
This sounds like Wake by Lisa McMann... hmm, interesting.
Kenya Wright
So. . .

I wasn't too keen on opening this book. There wasn't a big muscular half naked guy mounting a captivating woman so from the very start I was a bit bored, before I even opened the book.

So I read the first line:

It'd been over four years since I'd really slept, and I suspected it was killing me.

ummmm okay. I'm interested. I'm overjoyed. I decide to read more.

Meet Parker. He hasn't slept in a long time, dude. Why? Because he has a special power that deals with dreams. I don't want to give t...more
Abbe "The Awesome Senior" Hinder
Insomnia is a creative story that most people wished were true. Hell, I wish I could be a Night Walker and know what some people dream about! That sounds pretty cool, right? Right? Anyway, the story follows Parker, who has been dealing with this gift/curse for four years now without sleeping a wink until he meets Mia who changes his life forever. The story starts out with a little too much information before most of the characters or past events are introduced. And speaking of the characters, on...more

Muy, muy bueno.
Es retorcido, es enfermizo y por momentos sentís que te volves loco a la par del protagonista. Me gustó que Parker fuera el héroe pero presuntamente también el villano. Muy original.
Neyra ♦

Intense, dark, and riveting, Insomnia by J.R. Johansson is a psychological thriller that will leave you reeling!

Thanks to Steph from Cuddlebuggery I found this book, and I couldn't be happier. This one struck a chord for me, to be honest, because I haven't been able to sleep properly for the past few years and it really does take its toll on you. Albeit I do get much more sleep than our dear Parker here, I still find my energy diminishing and my mood fluctuating from angry to pissed off half th...more
Sarah Marie
Insomnia by J.R. Johansson

First in The Night Walkers series

4.5 stars

Parker hasn’t slept in four years and after a trip a doctor he starts to suspect that he’ll die soon from lack of it. Instead of sleeping, Parker enters the dreams of the last person he’s had eye contact with. Parker’s tired. Exhausted to the point of death and dealing with other people’s haunting dreams and nightmares, Parker just wants sleep. If he doesn’t sleep he could face psychosis or even death. Then he meets Mia. A stran


Oh this book was so so close to 5 stars for me. It's in so many parts so brilliant. But somehow I felt a bit let down by the solutions at the end. And when I started thinking about this, somehow several issues kept creeping up... hence I rounded it down. Still a really great book.

The idea behind it all? Absolutely brilliant! I might be a wee bit biased though, because I have problems sleeping. Which is actually one of the reasons the book drew my interest. In on of my insomnia spouts I s...more
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The story of Insomnia is one of the more unique I've come across. Parker is haunted by other people's nightmares. Each night, he enters into the dream (or nightmare) of the last person he saw that day. He fears being viewed as crazy, so Parker keeps his ability hidden, even as his physical and mental well-beings deteriorate.

Everything changes the day he meets Mia. That night, for the first time in four years, Parker is able to fully sleep...more
Nikki (There were books involved...)
Parker Chipp hasn't slept in four years - at least, his mind hasn't. When he was 12, instead of falling asleep and dreaming his own dreams, his mind started entering the dreams of the last person he made eye contact with. He hasn't gotten any rest since then: His mind is fully conscious while "Watching" others' dreams, even if his body isn't. And after four years of this, being a Watcher is taking its toll on Parker. It's just a matter of time before his body succumbs to his extreme exhaustion -...more
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Loved it!!
The idea was quite original and the story flows. I got easily sucked into the story and was able to finish it in one sitting. The male POV reminded me of another YA novel, Anna Dressed in Blood. If you liked that one, you'd probably loved this one too. Pacing wise I actually prefer this one over that. There was never a dull moment, and nothing felt too drawn out.
There was just one thing I didn't like......who the villain was. It felt a little out of the blue. Hmmm really? Him?
Other th...more
K.A. Barson
Feb 24, 2013 K.A. Barson marked it as to-read
Shelves: 13s, thriller
[Based on ARC]
Parker not only CAN see people's dreams, he's cursed to witness the dream of the last person he met eyes with before going to sleep. Because of this, he doesn't actually sleep--and it's killing him. Until he meets Mia. What begins as a desire to stay alive turns into an obsession that holds Parker on the brink. What is real? What is in Parker's head? Readers tear through the pages to find out. Careful! Don't read this book before bed,or you might not sleep--until it's over.
I'll call this fantasy because I don't actually have a psychological thriller or horror shelf. . . But it is fantasy. And it isn't. And it is horror. And it isn't. And I'm not saying these are bad things, either. It was hard to categorize, and in a good way. There was a lot of very different stuff going on.

This was a gripping, gripping book. I was SO FREAKED OUT for Parker. He's dying, he knows he is, because his brain hasn't slept in years. So yes, he meets someone whose dreams are actually soo...more
Mhan! This book just creeped the hell out of me

I just don't like it.
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I won this book in a giveaway.

I've been very interested in reading this book for a while because the premise seemed so intriguing to me. The book is focused on the perspective of Parker, who can't get a good night of sleep because he also gets sucked into the dreams of the person he's looked straight in the eye last in the day. Something about being actively in someone else's dreams prevents him from getting enough sleep. As you might imagine, this causes havoc in his daily life and it becomes c...more
Jenny - Book Sojourner
My initial draw to this book was the book cover. I love it! My second draw was to the storyline: Parker is sleepless, trapped in the dreams and nightmares of others, and his sleeplessness is hitting the point of no return. And then he meets Mia, whose dreams allow him to rest. But this solution opens up a whole other world of problems, for both Parker and Mia. And now Parker must deal with a bunch of ugliness and craziness to get to the truth, and not scare away or hurt his friends in the proces...more
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