Nalah leads the fiercest all-girl crew in Mega City. That roles brings with it violent throw downs and access to the hottest boydega clubs, but the sixteen-year-old grows weary of the life. Her dream is to get off the streets and make a home in the exclusive Mega Towers, in which only a chosen few get to live. To make it to the Mega towers, Nalah must prove her loyalty to the city’s benevolent founder and cross the border in a search for a mysterious gang the Ashé Ryders. Led by a reluctant guide, Nalah battles other crews and her own doubts, but the closer she gets to her goal, the more she loses sight of everything—and everyone— she cares about.
Nalah must do the unspeakable to get what she wants—a place to call home. But is a home just where you live? Or who you choose to protect?
All girl gangs, throw downs, and a quest? This description was unlike anything I’d read before, and with this beautiful cover, I couldn’t resist.
Such intriguing and creative world-building. Mega City is a matriarchal society led by a beloved woman, and men are primarily considered secondary citizens. It’s a gritty, dangerous way of life, with gangs gaining power and moving up the food chain through physical battles against each other. At the age of seven, girls are sent to soldier training camps. Many of the citizens are hooked on pills that induce lucid dreaming, and are also a used as a form of payment. It’s not an easy way of life by any means. The only thing I had difficulty buying into was eleven and twelve-year-old girls having the capacity to take down much older teens – it just seemed too young.
Nalah and her gang are tightly bonded, and consider each other family. The dynamics between the crew are messy, heartfelt, and difficult at times, but completely realistic. Nalah’s strong loyalty to them and need to secure their futures through obtaining a spot in The Towers is the driving focus of the story – until some hard truths are revealed. Her character arc is sensational, and really made the story for me. Her journey from having such strong beliefs about herself and her environment to questioning everything she thought she knew is compelling.
Dealing in Dreams is dark at times, full of action and surprising revelations, and a book I’d recommend to dystopia and sci-fi fans. This book is scheduled for publication March 5, 2019.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the digital ARC.