Dreamscape: Saving Alex by Kirstin Pulioff

Dreamscape: Saving AlexDreamscape: Saving Alex by Kirstin Pulioff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In a manner consistent with the usual young adult theme, this story starts off a little on the irritating side in the way that screaming children irritate people in a movie theater. The lead character is petulant and immature, which is a perfect fit for the young adult genre. Especially the young part. The book quickly moves from irritating petulance to fanciful and far-fetched but in a definite good way. I have not read more than a handful of similar books involving video games over the decades that I have been reading and this is the first one that has captured my attention in such a gripping way.
The character is headstrong and foolish at times that stand out. She gets herself into messes when she should know better, but on the up-side, there is constant adventure and intrigue. The story keeps you interested all the way. There were one or two too many crying scenes for me, but I don’t think the target reader would be bothered by them in the same way that they caused me discomfort. I stayed strong through the character’s mini meltdowns and by the end of the story the female lead was a much more mature and pleasant version of herself. Of course, the careful and unreasonable regard for the life of killers stuns me, but that is an appropriate reaction for a young city girl. I was just baffled because in all of my life I have never held in high esteem the life of a heinous criminal, so I have to give the character credit for valuing life to a fault. The story highlights an important lesson for petulant teenagers and I appreciate the effort in seamlessly getting that point across. Frankly, despite the parts that were on the uncomfortable side for me I loved the story. It fits perfectly within its genre and provides a lesson for young people and I can’t ask for more than that out of a good story.

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