Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Review: Insomnia by J.R. Johannson

  • Publisher: Flux
  • Publication date: 6/8/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for review 
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It’s been four years since I slept, and I suspect it is killing me.

Instead of sleeping, Parker Chipp enters the dream of the last person he’s had eye contact with. He spends his nights crushed by other people’s fear and pain, by their disturbing secrets—and Parker can never have dreams of his own. The severe exhaustion is crippling him. If nothing changes, Parker could soon be facing psychosis and even death.

Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. Parker starts going to bizarre lengths to catch Mia’s eye every day. Everyone at school thinks he’s gone over the edge, even his best friend. And when Mia is threatened by a true stalker, everyone thinks it’s Parker.

Suffering blackouts, Parker begins to wonder if he is turning into someone dangerous. What if the monster stalking Mia is him after all?

My Thoughts

Insomnia is something I have suffered with for a very long time so I was super interested in this book. It sounded creepy and awesome! This is not really your typical insomnia case though, in fact, I'm not quite sure what it really is. I wanted to love this book, I really did, but it was not great for me at all. Unlikable characters, unbelievable storyline, and the evil sentence too many times!! Mostly, even though it's supposed to be creepy I think, I was just bored and was waiting for something to really happen. Oh, and the mystery was totally obvious!

So at first we learn that Parker hasn't slept in four years. That's not quite true. I mean, he sleeps, he just enters the dreams of the last person he made eye contact with instead of his own. It's not a restful sleep since his brain never gets rest, but whatever. He is also a little crazy. I suppose when you are dying from not sleeping it can make you become psycho, but he becomes super stalker, weirdo, crazy dude!! He even turns his friends against him. He is not likeable at all and I didn't feel bad for him. He just wants relief from the dreams and only Mia's dreams can do that. He doesn't know if he is the one stalking her or not and he doesn't know how to fight off his evil side or if it's even real.

So really I can't go into too much because everything is pretty easy to figure out, but Parker is able to somehow see people's dreams and it is keeping him from real sleep. Without sleep, you die. I really thought the whole concept of it was cool, but it just all got to be boring, predictable, and a lot of stuff just went a bit overboard with believability. It started to feel more like a paranormal and I don't know if that was intended, but it was not what I expected. I know the synopsis obviously hints at some paranormal, but this was just different than I thought. Besides seeing other people's dreams, there was just some other really odd stuff going on.

In general, I just didn't like it. It's not that it was a bad book in any way, it just wasn't great for me. I didn't like the characters, I thought the outcome was too predictable, and some of the things that happened in the story were just a bit too far fetched. It's really hard for me to like a book if I don't like the MC at all and don't really care how the situation ends for them. The story was interesting, but not enough to hold my attention. I wish this had worked for me, but it didn't. I wanted a psychological book that messed with my head, and this didn't hit the mark. It may very well do that for others, but it didn't for me.



* An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

15 comments:

  1. Okay, the reviews l. This are just all over the place, and I'm glad I've pushed this down on my schedule to after the release date as this doesn't sounds like the book I wanted to love. Boring books just suck too much.

    Great review anyways, Amy! <33

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    1. I know some people have really enjoyed this, but I just couldn't. I couldn't stand the characters. They all annoyed me in one way or another.

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  2. Sorry you didn't enjoy this. LOL -- the breath-holding sentence?

    Random aside: I am the world's best sleeper - my husband says you could carry my bed to the middle of Times square and I wouldn't wake up. (Let's hope he does not try this.)

    You can find me here: Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. Hahaha!! I hope if he did, he took pics so we could all see!! My hubs can sleep through anything too. I have such a hard time with sleep. It takes hours to fall asleep, then I'm lucky to sleep and hour or two before waking up. Then another 2 hours to fall asleep again... by 4 or 5 am I usually just give up. Some nights are worse than others. A few nights ago I didn't sleep at all, and other times I can sleep like 3 hours in a row and it's exciting!!

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  3. Yeah, this doesn't seem like a story I would enjoy at all. Sorry it didn't work out for you, sweetie. Great review!

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  4. Thanks for your review. I have read several review where this book isn't that great. I think I might read it since I'm still interested in it.

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  5. Oh bummer! I actually really enjoyed this one. It was a slow start for me at first, but I was quickly roped into it by the middle. I think I just really liked how Parker became stalkerish, which I was not expecting at all.

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  6. It's too bad this book was a downer. I wouldn't be able to get into this story line at all. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  7. I keep hearing not so great things about this one, which is bummer cause it has such a cool premise.

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  8. This just isn't a book that interests me. LOL @ the "evil" sentence.

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  9. I just saw another not so stellar review for this one the other day. I had an ARC of it but I put it in my giveaway pile, I don't think it's one I'd enjoy.

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  10. Hi review twin! I've seen a lot of mixed reviews, and I think a lot of people have some of the issues you had, and I can definitely see what you mean about Parker and the predictability. I thought his insanity was realistic at first, but I'm sorry you didn't like this one as much as you wanted to :( fantastic review, Amy!

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  11. Wow that's too bad. The cover is so cool too. Sorry this one bored you. :(

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  12. Nope. Don't think I would. The cover creeps me out.

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  13. Damn, I got this from NG and haven't gotten to it yet and I'm kind of glad. I hate boring books and predictable plot lines. And the mention of evil sentence too many times?! Oh god, I've had enough of that sentence one too many times in The Ward. I might not even bother with this one. I thought it sounded pretty creepy cool too. Maybe I'll still give it a try since I don't want to disregard another NG book and DNF it if I can't get into it like I suspect will happen. *sigh* Sorry this one didn't do it for you! Great review!!

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