All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.
As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.
This wildly imaginative debut explores what happens when the secret worlds that people hide within themselves come to light.
Inception is one of my absolute favorite movies, so when I saw it listed as a comp title for this book, I really didn’t need to read the rest of the blurb.
“Wildly imaginative” is a perfect description of this book. Easily one of the most creative novels I’ve read this year (2019). Kane is confused and unable to remember much of the trauma he recently experienced. He feels like a stranger in his own bedroom, and many of his personal items are a mystery to him. I was all in and needed to know more. Kane’s quest to discover who he is takes the reader on an incredible, illusory journey through the fantasies/dreams/reveries of other people. At times, you may not know what’s real or make-believe. Some characters have powers that come in handy when these reveries spiral out of control. And there’s also a sorceress-like drag queen with a killer wardrobe. Can I just mention the creativity again?
Kane’s character is a treasure, and even in his confusion, his sense of humor shines through. His sister, Sophia, also has some memorable quips. While I liked the other supporting characters, I wanted more information about them and how they’d come together. By the end of the novel, I felt as if I barely knew them.
With themes of sibling bonds and friendships, amazing representation, and vividly imaginative dream sequences, Reverie will leave you feeling like you just stepped off a bizarre carousel ride through a fantasy world. And I enjoyed every minute of it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.