Monday, November 4, 2019

DreamJumper: Book 2 - Curse of the Harvester, written by Greg Grunberg, reviewed by Klaudia Janek

Summary: Book 2 picks up right where Book 1 ended. Dr. Alexson is in a nightmare being dragged to Master Erebus. Jake finally convinced Ben to start a business rescuing people from their nightmares. Ben is getting stronger with his powers in dreams and the Nightmare Lord is joined by the evil Harvester. They are determined to conquer both the Dream World and the Wake World. Ben’s crush, Kaylee, plays a larger role in this book. Jake works behind the scenes helping in the Dreams, but controlling the computer code, but he tends to fall asleep at the worst times. The white bunny makes a reappearance and helps Ben out when needed. Towards the end of the story, Kaylee becomes a stronger dream jumper and she is able to help Ben out. The Harvester is not pleased. Dr. Alexson is no longer himself and can feel changes taking place. Unfortunately, as the story ends, the reader will see that Dr. Alexson will be in Book 3 up to something nefarious.

Straight Talk for Librarians: Even though a lot of this story takes place in other people’s nightmares, the humorous dialogue will have readers laughing out loud. There is still a ton of action and adventure. Readers will be sitting on the edge of their seat as they are reading this book. Some of the vocabulary is pretty high level, but the graphics will help with context. I love how computer coding is woven into this story. There could be some fun STEM connections. This book is a good choice for independent reading. It is part of a series, so this second book would be hard to jump into without the first. There is nothing controversial in this book, other than some readers might be scared if they do not like venturing into monster territory. I like that Kevin Smith wrote the forward to this book. I read it before getting into this second book. I think this book would be a really good choice for reluctant readers or perhaps those readers who really like graphic novels and are looking for a new series.

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