The War for the Waking World: A Review

Author: Wayne Thomas Batson
Published Date: Oct 27, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grades
Series: Book #3 in the Dreamtreaders
**I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way can affect my opinion on the book and its content.


SynopsisWould you be willing to fight for your dreams?

Fifteen-year-old Archer Keaton has the ability to enter and explore his dreams. He is a Dreamtreader, one of three selected from each generation. Their mission: to protect the waking world from the Nightmare Lord who dwells beyond the Slumber Gate. But as Archer’s dreams become more dangerous and threatening, so too does his waking life. 

In this fast-paced conclusion to the exciting fantasy trilogy, the dream world and the waking world bleed into each other when a rift is formed between the two. People in the real world suddenly find their waking lives resemble their wildest dreams. Now it’s up to Archer and his fellow Dreamtreaders to race to reverse the rift before too much damage is done and to battle Archer’s ex-best friend, Kara, who sits on the throne of the Nightmare Lord. Kara is building an army of her own. Will Archer be strong enough to stand against her?

Untitled designMy RamblesHere is a quick few things for why this book is awesome:

  1. IT’S DREAM WALKER, PEEPS!! That can never goes wrong!
  2. Talk about delicious action combo…
  3. “…fast-paced conclusion to the exciting fantasy trilogy…”
  4. No. 3 doesn’t lie, trust me.

THE PROS — It’s been a great journey with our Dreamtreader Archer, and I have to say, that was one epic ending there. The author did an amazing job on creating a very vivid and imaginary world of dreams, and let’s not forget, the gripping “nightmares”. Yes, there are people with ultimate power when the sun comes down. Yes, there sure are a lot of enthralling actions, dreams within dreams. And yes, there are creatures of the dark that you shouldn’t mess with, but can’t seem to stop yourself from losing to that awesome imaginary world. So beware…


THE CONS — While there are countless of awesome things I can tell you about The War for the Waking World, there are parts that fell short for me. The characters are quite…dull, and the narrative seemed flat, with mostly “telling details” than what you might call “in depth looks”. I know since this is written for younger readers, the voice still possess some juvenile vibes. However, since our protagonist here is a Dreamtreader, one of the three chosen ones in a generation, who happens to save the world from the Nightmare Lord (that’s a lot of responsibility there for a 15-year-old), I think it would be better to give him a more mature inner thoughts.

Overall, it was quite an interesting read for me. I would recommend it for Middle Grades fan, and I know for sure some of my nephews will love this book to death.

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