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Preview — Insomnia by J.R. Johansson
Insomnia (The Night Walkers #1)
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
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
That has to mean something, right?
You should read it and let me know. :)
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
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
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
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
The concept is interesting and original, the execution is somewhat flawed. It...more
Review to come.
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
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
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!
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
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
First in The Night Walkers series
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...more
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
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
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?
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.
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
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