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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Three Quinns. Three realities. Three Brumes.

The first Brume is a waking nightmare, overrun by literal monsters and cutthroat survivors. For Quinn, who is openly genderqueer, the only silver lining is their friendship with Lia—and the hope that there might still be a safe place somewhere else in the world.

The second Brume is a prison with no bars. Forced to “sort out” their
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Quill Tree Books
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Olive I am 14 and I read it. I thought it was a great book. Definitely appropriate for 14-16 year olds :)

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May 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Spoiler free*

I heard this book had a genderqueer main character and that was enough for me. But, it also had three different realities, three different versions of the main character, and they're all real. It sounded fascinating. The cover also gave the book and eerie and dark feeling to it, so I was very eager to read it. Trigger warnings: homophobia, conversion therapy, parental abuse, death, blood, gore

My feelings for this book are complicated. I liked it and I enjoyed a good lot of it. Thou
Mrs. Europaea
Interesting concept. I was very much drawn to this cover and the description was intriguing enough that I thought I’d give it a shot. Sadly, it was very predictable and would have been much more solid imo if the story focused just on the Brume with the rippers, screamers and coe. The rest was really just a distraction and did nothing for the overall plot or character development.
Mar 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia, audiobook
This book took way too long to get to the point and I wouldn't have minded all that much expect I wasn't particularly enjoying the journey I was on for the 3/4th and the rest 1/4 isn't the pay off I deserved T_T. While I didn't hate this book, I also didn't love it. The characters in the different scenarios/realities were not flushed out enough. They were flat like a cardboard. Even the main character. All of them had one characteristic aspect to them and that shaped their entire character.

I mu
Kyri Freeman
DNF because of sentence-level writing and setting.
I'm new to books by Z Brewer, which is strange because they seem to have contributed quite a bit to the writing world! Anyway, this is my first and I would definitely look into others!

Into The Real by Z Brewer is quite a unique novel. Quinn is the main character... in three different stories. Z Brewer has created, what is essentially, three novels that merge into one ... "connection" by the end. There will be no spoilers here so don't expect me to reveal what happens in this book.

The first story
It's been three years since Pibling Z, leader of the glorious Minion Horde, gifted us with a new book, and now they're back this year with two great new stories. Well, I still haven't read Soulbroken yet, sadly, because my only e-reader is my phone browser when I'm borrowing library ebooks and my library still doesn't have that one yet. I know, I know, I'm a bad Minion...but I digress. Today, I'm here to talk about Brewer's most expansive and ambitious standalone novel yet - a trio of intermeshe ...more
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it
"Into the Real" is one of those books that got me not only with the cover (that is amazing) but with that synopsis as well.
I went into this story with really high expectations and they weren't immediately met. The first plot stroke me as an unoriginal mix of The Mist by Stephen King and two or three tv series about only teens left alive.
The writing seemed amateurish and too "wattpaddy" because of the massive info dump and I couldn't find a single character I liked, least of all Quinn that upon
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rafael Rodriguez
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
First things first i want to thank netgalley for the opportunity to read into the real by z brewer have been a long time fan and i was super excited to be able to review it. Now saying that These will be my thoughts and opinions unbiased.

Now When i found this book was coming i got super excited and it did not disappoint, I love the idea of having multiple versions of the same character if gives you a certain perspective on the them since you can view them in different aspects. I like how is was
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to Haper 360 YA for the proof!

There are three Quinns, three Brumes and three realities each facing a different threat. As splinters of each world begin to intertwine, the three Quinns realise they may be a singular "they", but how do they know which world, and which monsters, are real?

I found this book a really interesting take on multiple realities - each world felt very different and although I had a favourite, I enjoyed reading about all three. Now I know people have differing opin
These days, I'm in a bit of a reading slump and so I was honestly not expecting anything from this book - but it turned out pretty great if I may say so myself.

I was honestly afraid it would be really confusing to follow the three different stories, but it wasn't at all. It takes little to no time to understand the jump between realities because the plot, characters and narration are extremely well-written. I honestly really loved the idea behind the story - it's impossibly original and really w
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This book was a 5 star read for me - it is everything queer & fantastic despite the fact you won't understand 90% of the book until the end. But in a good way, I promise.

I simply can't explain this book. It is a little contemp
Raven Black
Aug 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Quinn's story is the story of all of us. We are trying to find who we are. Our place in the world and a family/friends to support you. When Quinn finds themselves bouncing between three realities, where their gender identity plays a different important role in finding that place, Quinn learns a lesson about how reality is what we make it, but it also means that all three of these worlds can be true.

Sometimes this book was a bit slow in the writing style allowing places to be dragged out. The vi
Raina Singh
4.5 stars, rounded down.

A very unique, innovative style of book - one that worked very well for me.

I feel like the less you know, the more you enjoy it, though with that in mind...

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Mytchel Chandler
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Into the Real is Z Brewer's latest genius, where they are able to weave a complicated tale into a mesmerizing and soul provoking message. I could delve into the intricacies of what made this book extra special to me, but I want you to read it yourself, to explore what it means to be you.
In every novel, movie, or content medium there's a message to be told. But what makes Z stand out as a master storyteller is being able to take any concept, whether it be under the throes of vampirism, the deep
Angelina Barrett
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a phenomenal book that kept me hooked all the way till the end! I recommend this book to anyone who likes gender, and love, defying stories with grueling death and monsters staring at you most of the way. There’s also a lot of questions that this book prods with the Christian God, if you like that sort of thing. Overall I think the author did a great job of unraveling the plot however I don’t expect everyone to be hooked on page one. I also think that the info-gram on the back cover coul ...more
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Please Note: I received an advance copy of this novel from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions in my review in any way.

I have been a fan of this author ever since I read their book, The Cemetery Boys. I also have followed them on social media, so I am well aware of the personal struggles they've had. This book is not about the author. But with it's deep exploration of the main character's gender and sexuality, one can't help but feel this must be a ver
intergalactic introvert
Me: This book looks existential, let’s read it!
Into the Real: *gives me an existential crisis*
Me: :o

In all seriousness, I have no idea what to rate this one.
Some content warnings: violence, gore, death, queerphobia, transphobia, misgendering, dead-naming, conversion and aversion therapy
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is both a dystopian and story following 3 Quinn figuring out who they are. Truly fascinating look at genderquer and sexuality. It's an interesting world, and I wish I could have read more about the world and the monsters but what I got was good as well. ...more
Elaine Gray
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Into the Real is dark, strange, and dealing with gender queer, abuse, conversion, and death. Quinn's story is told in three different points of view. I couldn’t get into it first, but the more I read it started liking the book. Normally, I stay away from dark books, but I enjoyed this one. ...more
Oct 08, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: preordered
Due to technical difficulties delivered a day late after contacting support.
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved the world switches!!!!
Trigger Warning Database
Trigger & Content Warnings

Conversion therapy
Physical child abuse
Blood & gore depiction
Gun violence
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so fantastic, so original, I loved reading about the 3 different Quinns, and I really enjoyed reading it!
Laura Sackton
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
This was too grim for me and the resolution wasn't satisfying. ...more
Diana-christie Biancardi
Oct 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio-book, boring
I didn't like the title or the story much. I preferred Z's Vladimir Todd series way better! ...more
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Nik Leasure
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic. The genderqueer journey is beautifully rendered with hints of horror and science fiction. This will be the best read of Fall 2020.
Roz Rhys Elliot
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Z Brewer is the NYT bestselling author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, as well as The Slayer Chronicles series, Soulbound, The Cemetery Boys, The Blood Between Us, Madness, and more short stories than they can recall. Their pronouns are they/them. When not making readers cry because they killed off a character they loved, Z is an anti-bullying and mental health advocate. Plus, they have ...more

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