Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Dreamland” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


3.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,197 ratings  ·  368 reviews
Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person’s dream more than once. Dea has never questioned her mother, not about the rules, not about the clocks or the mirrors, not about moving from place to place to be one step ahead ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by HarperTeen
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Dreamland, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Melissa iorio Definitely a must check out book! Just finished it and highly recommended!! ~*Happy reading*~

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.55  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,197 ratings  ·  368 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Dreamland
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“That was life: one big chain reaction, a series of sparks and explosions.
Always explosions.”

This was an interesting YA paranormal/fantasy story about a girl who could visit other people’s dreams.

Poor Dea had a really rough time in this book, the way she was so confused over what was happening, and what was going on with her mother was really difficult for her, and to be
Aly (In Wonderland)
Actual rating: 2.5 stars.

The first rule, which Dea had already intuited, was that she must never try to change anything or intervene in another person's dream.
The second rule, related to the first, was that she might walk as many dreams as she wished if she was careful, and follow all the rules, but she must never walk the same person's dreams more than once.
And the third rule was that she must never, ever be seen.

Dreamland is not a bad book. It's a good book, but it failed to enga
Adam Silvera
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Even though they had no faces, she could tell they were smiling."

There are faceless men in this book and it's creepy as f**k. DREAMLAND is a chilling dark fantasy everyone needs on their radar. The dream sequences and dream world (and those whom inhabit it) are so fully developed, and Robert L. Anderson has one hell of an imagination. I joked online that if Neil Gaiman and Ransom Riggs had a kid, it'd be Robert L. Anderson. What I mean by that is that RLA tells a story set prominently in our r
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dreamland is a refreshing debut book from Robert L. Anderson. The heroine is a 17 years old fatherless girl who can hack into someone else's dreams and 'walk' them. Her mother, who can also 'walk' dreams is the only one who knows the secret. The mother informs her daughter from very early on that there are a few rules about dream-walking and the pair is always on the move to escape some unknown 'monsters'.

Now, mother and daughter are temporarily living in a small town, the heroine manages to ma
This kinda disappointed me. I was expecting...To be honest I don't know what I was expecting, but it definitely wasn't this - especially because the synopsis says MS fans would love it and...I am a huge MS fan, but didn't love it. At all-.
The writing was nice, though.
{might reread it}
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Anderson's debut novel Dreamland is an imaginative read that after only a few short chapters piqued my interest and quickly made me want to know more about Dea and what she could do as well as the dream world itself.

This turned out to be more than just a fantasy read. In fact it is woven with mystery after mystery and even became a bit creepy as Dea became more and more immersed in the dream world and all that entailed with the monsters, men, and other beings that inhabited it.

The heart of the
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
2.5 stars

This book sounded so interesting to me when I read the synopsis. The world was very intriguing, but there were so many other things about this book that I did not like :/ I didn't really like the characters they were just"okay". I did like Toby the cat though lol :p

I went into this book blind, without knowing what to expect and boy it sure was creepy at times. The mystery aspect of this book is what kept me interested. Other than that, I just really did not enjoy it. The author made fu
Liz Barnsley
I very much enjoyed the concept of Dreamland - and for the most part it was a sound, enjoyable and engaging read, probably my favourite thing about it was the imagery - the dreamscape Robert L Anderson creates is clever and atmospheric, the portions of the tale where Dea is walking dreams had a great depth to them, occasionally very shiver inducing.

The plotting is intriguing, a "girl meets boy" fairly standard tale with a twist, as Dea breaks all the dreamwalking rules and creates rifts it was v
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
Read the entire review at Such a Novel Idea!

I received a copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.

Wow wow WOW! That seriously took my breath away and the end gave me simultaneous goosebumps and prickly tears. To assert such a physical reaction is why this book is truly deserving of the elusive 5 star rating.

I love the 'parts' of this book because they were timed out so well and gave the reader exactly what they needed in the
There are three rules when it comes to travelling through another person’s dream; never change anything, never walk the same dream more than once and never, ever be seen.

Dreamland is a young adult paranormal fantasy cross thriller about a girl burdened with the ability to travel through other people’s dreams, glimpsing worlds of magic and subconscious wish fulfilment. But these worlds are also dangerous, faceless monsters reside within nightmarish landscapes without rule or reason, desperately h
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dark fantasy novels
Shelves: first-read-wins
Author: Robert L Anderson
Published: 24/09/2015

I received this book for free through GoodReads FirstReads competitions.

This book features the fascinating Odea Donahue who has been able to travel through people's dream since she was just 6 years old. She follows her mothers rules about walking in dreams until there is a new boy Connor in town. She opens up to him and begins to wonder whether she should tell him about walking through dreams. Then for the first time Odea breaks the rules and suddenl
Lauren Stoolfire
Dreamland never quite manages to live up to its awesome premise. I enjoyed the style of the dream sequences and just how imaginative the author's writing style is. Unfortunately, I didn't particularly care one way or the other about the cast - about Dea or Connor - so the stakes and the romance never quite hit with me. Also I just want to say that I have been to one of the largest corn mazes several times here in Ohio. It's 8 acres and it's tricky. Only seasoned corn maze runners should attempt ...more
Mikaela Garcia
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I was really surprised in Deas live and Connors too. It was also really good written to be Robert first book. I loved the character, special Miriam (Deas mom) She was so brave and risky. She moved town to town to protect Dea and herself, and what of power she has. I really hope that Robert wrote more books in the further.
Jay G
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel:

3.5/5 Stars

Odea has always followed the 3 rules of dream walking: Never interfere with someones dream, never be seen and never walk the same person's dream twice or the monsters will find you. Dea and her mother, Miraiam, constantly move from town to town to escape the monsters. Then she meets a boy named Connor and breaks all 3 of these rules at once, unleashing the monsters.

I think t
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review can be found at The Book Bratz

I picked up Dreamland five separate times, read a few pages and then put it down. I haven't been in the mood for anything but contemporaries for a few weeks now and I knew that I was either going to love this one or end up getting annoyed with it and not finishing it. Thankfully I loved it. I say thankfully because Dreamland is truly unique and something different in YA.

I am going to do this review a little differently. Let's start out with what I
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Dea lives in a small town with her mother. Kids at school avoid her, because they find Dea and her mother to be too weird. They’re not wrong. Dea’s mother is always antsy. Dea has been to tons of schools, because her mother always moves them to a new town. They just pack up and leave like there is always someone chasing after them. Her mother also has weird antics. Mirrors are banned. There are always tons of locks on their doors
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
What an interesting and different read. Dream walker. Lots of secrets. Lots of intertwined plot lines. It had me trying to figure things out and coming up empty. What's real? What's a dream? Good stuff.

This one's in third persona and it's not my favorite. But the good news is that I ended up feeling connected to the characters anyway. I think the mystery of this read is increased by the third person writing style.

I liked Dea and Connor. Dea's always been the strange one no matter where her moth
Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson has an official summary that basically compares the book to The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, so OF COURSE, I had to give it a listen. Read my full review here Link goes live 2/13/2017 ...more
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
There were a few sections where my mind wandered but overall, really interesting.

I really enjoyed Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson. It was interesting and different and it went places that I didn't expect. I didn't know all that much about the book before I picked it up and I kind of liked that too.

Dreamland is the story of Dea Donahue, this teenage girl who lives with her mother and has this unusual gift of being able to enter other people's dreams. Her mother tells Dea there are three rules to
Melissa iorio
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone of any age who likes YA, fantasy w/true to life events, suspense, fun, well written stories
Recommended to Melissa by: ARC from Harper Collins Publishing TYVM
Okay, this was an awesome read for me. I have always had a fascination about dreams and to think of being able to do what the MC does??!! Definitely in for that.......


More to come as this has a lot to say about it and I'm still toying with five stars. The characters all have so much uniqueness about them to offer some great character thoughts. The location, surroundings and the great atmospheric feel from how the author described things without it being stagnant descriptions, but vivid, murky, s
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Robert L. Anderson leads us into the world where dreams can come true. But it's also a world where monsters from your worst nightmares can hunt you down in real life.

Dea is a dreamwalker(gets energy from dreams), living in a small town with her mother and their dog. She only has one friend and everyone else judges her because both her and her mom are a bit strange. Everything changes when a mysterious boy, Connor, moves close by. His mother and little brother were murdered when he was just a ki
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
This story started off well, but about halfway through I got bored and it became reading just so I could finish and move on to a different book. A few points about it:

1) I feel like the author tried to do too much in one book. There ended up being like three different main story lines combined, and it left the last few chapters feeling rushed and unsatisfying.

2) The characters aren't that great. The main character's talent is very cool, but other than that she was just sort of.. Bleh. I didn't
Odea is a pretty unique name (and if I'm pronouncing right, unfortunately quite similar to the word "odious"), so I googled it and apparently it means "Walker by the road" in Greek. Considering her character can "travel through people's dreams" (says the blurb), it fits really well.

I know what you're up to, Robert.

(Also that cover is beautiful x100)
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
wow this book was crazy good. I loved her friends and sorta reminded me of inception with dreams. Seriously good :)
Brittany S.
Initial Impressions 10/15/15: Hmmmmm maybe 3.25 - 3.5 stars. Good but missing some big things for me.
Dreamland was really interesting and I always love a good book about dreams! There's just so much you can do with that concept and really and unlimited amount of places you can go. The biggest problem I had with this book, though, came down to world building and a little bit of structure.
(Some SUPER MINOR spoilers (that some might not even consider spoilers) as I explain what Dea encounters thi
Linda Lipko
I'm really not sure how to rate this book. I liked it, but at times it seemed very far fetched, and stretched the limits of believeability.

Dea and her mother are constantly moving. As soon as Dea is accustomed to a new place, her mother suddenly tells her to pack up. Dea and her mother possess a unique ability of going into others dreams. There are rules to this process, and when Dea falls in love with a young man who listens, who cares and does not make fun of her, she breaks the rules and visi
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i hate to admit it but i judged this book before reading it. I honestly thought it was going to be slow, boring, and probably a 2-star book. I didn't even want to read it. But this book kept coming up in my feed and the name seemed interesting (although the cover sucks) so I thought I might as well read the book to ease my mind because I was intrigued as to why so many people were reading it. So i read it. And oh boy, i was so wrong about my judgement. I think I ended up liking the book so much ...more
It is quite easy to write a review for the best book I have ever read. There are so many things to talk about! First of all, this book is for everyone. I mean, everyone. There is a murder mystery sub-plot, sci-fi, alternate universes, realistic fiction, romance, life on the run, and much more. This book also had different aspects from some of my previous favorite books ever, Everything, Everything, And Then there Were None, and Divergent. It shows an overprotective parent and it's consequences, ...more
Heather Wood
This book was a mixed bag for me. I loved the premise and I thought the dream sequences were intense and captivating. The author was very detailed about the dream scenes and I felt transported along with Dea. However, I didn't feel a strong connection to Dea or Connor. This made me less invested in the romance or the outcome of the plot. Not a bad book overall, but I just wish the real world scenes were more intriguing. ...more
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Actual rating 3.5.

Despite the rather unpromising start, Dreamland surprised me and took a turn to something very original and ended up being entertaining mystery/fantasy novel. The book was well-paced at all times, kept the readers at their toes with both dream-travelling and blooming romance, and I ended up reading the whole novel just in a day. I was kind of disappointed with the ending as it was left a bit open-ended, as I hoped it to be a more definite considering this is currently a stan
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Song of the Current (Song of the Current, #1)
  • Alex (Delirium, #1.1)
  • Emerald Star (Hetty Feather, #3)
  • Stuck On You
  • The Nature of Witches
  • One Little Lie
  • Conversion
  • Game Changer
  • The Lifeboat Clique
  • The Vegetable Gardener's Bible: Discover Ed's High-Yield W-O-R-D System for All North American Gardening Regions
  • Just Friends
  • Her and Me and You
  • Crossings
  • The Cage (The Cage, #1)
  • Wild Blue Wonder
  • Don't Look Behind You
  • Listen to Me
  • Perigord (Perigord #1)
See similar books…
See top shelves…
Robert L. Anderson grew up in Brooklyn and graduated college in 2004 with a degree in philosophy. Since then, he has lived in five states and twelve countries, and on three continents. Dreamland is his first novel. He is represented by literary agent Stephen Barbara.

Related Articles

  As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of...
56 likes · 12 comments