Book Title: Fifteen
Author: Jen Estes
Genre: YA Fantasy
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Legend has it if you die in your dreams, you die in real life. Fifteen-year-old Ashling Campbell knows that’s not true because when she closes her eyes each night, she doesn’t dream about public nudity or Prom dates. Instead, she’s catapulted to the front row of her future self’s execution - fifteen years from now - where monsters have taken control of her hometown and she, or rather, her 30-year-old counterpart, is their public enemy number one.
For three months and counting, it’s been the same dream… until an encounter with an antique dreamcatcher. Ash falls asleep to discover she’s no longer a mere spectator in these dreams - now she’s astral-projecting into the body of her future self. Each night, she goes on the run with a ragtag group of rebels - who have no idea she’s really a high school sophomore and not their noble warrior. She has to make it through each night so that she can wake up and find a way to change the future. For every action she does in the present day, she falls asleep to discover it had an equal impact fifteen years later. It’s up to her to manage her two worlds and make sure she’s still got a place in both.
Have you ever died in your dreams? Or maybe had a dream where it felt real when you woke up? I have had a few dreams where it felt like I was actually hugging the person who was in my dream. Or I ate that piece of food I wouldn’t normally eat in real life but did in my dreams and decided hey! let me give it a try. You have a favorite number right? Do you apply this to certain things? Like combinations or play it when it comes to the lotto? Have you thought about where you would be in that many years in the future?
What would you do if you had the same dream over and over again? Would that be a sign to you? What kind of sign though?
If you could go back into time or even forward into time, would you? What would you do? Would you find yourself? What if you don’t remember anything from the future you, only the past you? This books does that to you. Makes you think.
Fifteen is a young adult, fantasy read. It has some action and it has demons but not those scary ugly ones. You have to pay close attention or you might get lost. Fifteen had me guessing who could be who and what in the world could Ash do to help both of her realities.
We meet Ash and her best friend Tate who is part Lakota. I have to say I love anything native American. Ash has these dreams she isn’t sure if it is her future at first or just a nightmare. She mentions these dreams to Tate and he then goes to tell her about a Lakota legend.
This is where the action begins. They try and figure out who the head jumjum is. Once they find out who then they can try and alter things. However once they do that, their reality will change too. Ash finds out that she can wake up in a certain part of her dream/alter reality. This being so something major happens and she tries her hardest to change that incident. Every time she does the outcome is still the same. She does find out who the head jumjum is and his/her followers. I had guessed who the person was about 50% into the book. Not the main jumjum but the other one. Yeah there are a few but the major 2 will be a shocker.
The way the book ended left me a little perplexed. Not so much as a cliffhanger but, did everything Ash did in her reality work in the future reality? Also a big OMG no way…..how did his future self tell Ash that and then turn around and do that??
Once you get into the book it is a page turner. Like I said you have to pay attention or you might get lost. As in what happened, let me go back a few pages to re-read that part. I think this book might make you analyze your dreams more. I know sometimes when I think of someone or something right before I fall asleep I tend to dream about that. Sometimes I don’t. I think I might try and keep a dream journal too. Just to see if I have the same accruing dream.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Jen had to choose between staring at corn or reading books. Corn husks just didn't have the appeal of the Baby-Sitters Club, and so a bookworm was born. Reading later turned into writing and in 2011, Jen published her first novel with Camel Press. After releasing four books in the mystery genre, Jen finally gave in to the literary demands of her inner teenager with her YA debut, FIFTEEN (coming January 2015 from Curiosity Quills).
Jen is an active member of the National Writers Union. When she isn't writing, Jen enjoys sci-fi in all its mediums, attempting yoga, using her passport, watching baseball, and reading a good book. She lives in Illinois with her husband Nathan under the tyranny of their three cats: Wrigley, Ivy and Captain Moo. To balance the feline:human ratio, they are expecting their first child in the early spring. You can find Jen on the web at www.jenestes.com, on Tumblr as AuthorJenEstes, and tweeting under @jenestesdotcom.