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
The concept is interesting and original, the execution is somewhat flawed. It...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
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
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.
Review to come.
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
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
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
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
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
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
When I was flipping through the NetGalley catalog first I noticed the cover of Insomnia. Then when I clicked on it to see the blurb, I knew I would have to request it. The whole idea of entering the dreams of the person you last looked in the eyes is both intriguing and horrifying as we learn. It also comes with severe mental and physical consequences.
Parker was really a character I could connect wi...more
Parker has a rather eerie predicament. He hasn't slept in four years because other people's dreams keep him up all night. When he meets the one girl who can put his mind to rest and restore his dying body, they get off on a b...more
Parker hasn’t had real sleep in years. Instead, he enters the dreams of the last person he looks in the eyes. He tries his best to control who that is because some people have dark minds. He knows it’s only a matter of time before his body shuts down. When he meets Mia, he thinks he’s found the answer. Her dreams are so peaceful that he can sleep in them. He becomes obsessed with catching her eye each night. When she starts receiving threa...more
Finally, the book I've been looking for! It's a rare book I just can't put down, and I finished this one in a day and change. It's what I wanted The Asylum by Madeline Roux to be. Once you get through the slowish start, it races to the end, taking twists and turns that I never expected. Parker is immediately likable (even when I wanted to slap him) and his voice adds a snarky, unique tone to the narrative. His incredible power is a talent that m...more
Insomnia isn't just another YA thriller. It's pretty different from anything I've read before. The premise is kind of similar to Every Day by David Levithan, but in this case, Parker enters people's dreams instead of their bodies. And this one is a whole lot more enjoyable, in my opinion! I loved the mystery aspect in this book, and the fact that it's so unpredictable most of the time.
Parker isn't your average teenage boy. Every night, he enters the dream of the...more
Parker hasn’t slept in 4 years. That is crazy,...more
Review originally posted on Studio Reads
Parker Chipp hasn’t slept for four years, deep insomnia a ‘curse’ of a watcher’ never sleeps and is projected into the dreams of the last person they make eye contact with that day/night. The description fascinated me from the go, and the opening dream sequence was definitely murderous. What interested me though, was the ‘layers’ of the dreams, that made a dream seem like a hallucination on acid to plain old reality. Parker can distinguish the layers and c...more
WHAT IS REAL LIFE? ;___;
This book kept me in the dark an awful lot. There were so many questions and I wasn't sure how this was going to play out in the least. It started out in one way, and a hundred pages later shit was going down in all directions and fuck this book kept me on edge! It was dark and dangerous and awfully interesting and fascinating - and terrifying.
I'm a sucker for psychological horror. What I find the most frightening - and fascinating - is human cruelty and the human mind,...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
I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Insomnia by J.R. Johansson is a debut young adult thriller that will keep the reader up at night. Its fast-paced prose and the curiosity Parker’s ability insights makes this a tough book to put down. Johansson’s writing will make the reader question Parker’s innocence in the growing dangers around him, and s/he will crave an answer to Parker’s most important obstacle: Will he surviv...more