Book Review: Insomnia by J. R. Johansson

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Parker Chipp is not a normal teenage boy. He’s dying. Known as a ‘Watcher’, Parker is unique. He hasn’t slept in over five years. Instead of sleeping, every night he wanders, watching the dreams of whomever he’s last make eye contact with. The lack of rest is starting to take its toll until he meets Mia. New to town, her dreams are unlike anyone else’s.

But as Parker tries to befriend Mia, the more he frightens her. Someone is stalking Mia and posing the harassment as Parker. To make matters worse, Parker discovers that when he ‘sleeps’ sometimes he ventures out in the night doing who knows what.

As Parker tries to find Mia’s stalker he starts hitting walls of shock. With each step to keep Mia safe, he tumbles further into the Darkness. His curse is just that, but he’ll do whatever it takes to make sure Mia is safe even if it’s from himself.

Initially I loved the premise of the book. I’ve only got to problems with it. 1. It was too long. 2. The ending is lacking motive. Those two points aside, I really enjoyed learning about Parker’s curse. There is some romance in the book, but it’s not the driving force, which can come as a surprise.

Although the book is too long, the ending is really abrupt. There are plenty of loose ends hanging for the reader to want more, but it was sloppy. Nevertheless, I look forward to reading the next book. There are loads of questions that I hope get answered and I want to know more about being a Watcher!

This book is being published in the USA on June 8th, 2013. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for honest review. Many thanks to Netgalley for the book, the publisher Flux and to J.R. Johansson for writing it!

Buy your advance copy today or put a hold request at your local library!


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