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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2014
There are two groups of Young adult books. Those who are only aimed to Young adults, and those who are enjoyed by readers of all ages. This book belongs to the last group.

I found out about this book on twitter, and I bought it as soon as I read it was about a sleep disorder. And I am glad I got it, having suffered from sleep disorder this book just felt right for me although my dreams were just dreams and Paul’s dreams (if we can call it dreams) are a gift.

This is an original interesting, captivating paranormal novel which was very easy to read and got me hooked from the beginning, I really enjoyed it
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2014
Paul is late at school - again. Doesn't go down well of course with the teachers. But he can't help it. He has a sleep disorder making him falling to sleep when the sun goes down and only waking up when the sun comes up again. No specialist and no method tried by his parents can keep him awake or wake him up earlier. But what neither his parents nor his two best friends, Steven and Stephanie, know is that not only does he fall asleep like that, but also seems to walk in his sleep whilst his physical body stays in bed - so no-one can see nor hear him when he walks around town in night-time. First he thinks it must be a dream, but it is too real.

A meeting with his school counsellor leads him to Astralis, a Sleep Disorder Clinic. Only, it isn't a clinic. At Astralis, Paul will find out that there are others like him, called Walkers. And at Astralis, they work for the U.N. under peace missions. The walkers are obviously a valuable commodity, being able to walk around in nightime where no-one sees them and but they can hear and see everything. Paul makes good friends at Astralis, but there are also those who disagree with what Astralis does, and would like to use their special 'power' for other purposes and would rather like to get paid for it. Paul's two friends from his home town, Steven and Stephanie, will be by his side when he has to make important decisions and book 1 ends on a big cliffhanger.

I absolutely loved this book, in fact it reminds me of my favourite writer Stephen King's style. This story could have come straight from SK's pen. Having the idea for the story is one thing, but as a writer, you also have to be able to put it into a 'readable and enjoyable' format - and that's exactly what Keith did here. Even though, due to the age of the main character, a YA book, it clearly also very much appeals to the slightly older adult (I'm in my 40's :). The story never stalls, and the 'walking ability' is easy to understand and not made too complicated by some weird science or other factors. For example, Paul will learn at Astralis how the Walkers complete their missions - they can't be seen, but they also can't move anything, so doors need to be open for them. They can't get hurt, even if, for example, jumping out of a helicopter. But their physical body is vulnerable whilst sleeping, so they all have a Sentinel who guards them.

What I like about Paul is that he is not some kind of Super-Kid but himself almost feels awkward with his special ability and for a long time, sees it as a disablement rather than a gift. The story is plot driven though in my opinion, and this makes it a real page turner. This is another book which I can see working beautifully as a movie.

The only thing which did not work for me so well was the cover. The tag line is 'spot on': The end of the day…is just the beginning', but I felt this good story needed a bit of more exciting cover. I just simply know that a lot of readers chose the book by the cover. But this is just a personal preference I guess.

All in all, one of the best YA Paranormal I have read in a long time, and I can't wait to read book 2.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2014
i enjoyed the book. it wes different .i will be buying the next book's in the series.buy it .it.s worth it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2015
Well I finished the book, not because it was a page turner, but simply because the basic story perked my interest enough to want to know what happened. The sci-fi concept for the book is a good premise, but it's let badly down by the non sci-fi bits. We're supposed to believe that a kid is dragged out of school (Steven), and then can immediately match up to hardened military trained personnel.....errr no way. Then, the way this group train each other is to beat the heck out of any newbie..... Errr no. I could go on. The writing was very immature so I guess this is aimed at a teen audience, either way not for me.
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on 31 July 2015
Bit slow,but interesting.will read on! Yadi ya ya ya ya u u u u u u u u u u .
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2014
You are never sure who is telling the truth or which person to trust is it part of the training or is part of a different plan. You can understand the idea that some feel they are not free to live their lives because they have no finances to enable to venture into the world on vacation etc, also what if they wanted to settle down and start a family but would this make you react the way some have? I love the cliffhanger
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2014
This story was slightly different from any others I have read in this genre. Expecting it to be a teen romance with a bit of oomph I was pleased to discover it was much more. The expression of the characters feelings was very strong and you are there with them throughout the whole story. Can't wait to buy and read the next one .
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2014
Strong point was originality
Great page turner with enough twists keeping you engrossed
Slight problem with audience it was aged at as I am probably an older audience than was expected reading it.ideally suited
Hunger games and twilight readers
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2014
totally captivating ...one of the best. reads this side of Christmas.....and I've read 108 books since 25th Dec.....that's when I got my kindle...today is 26/06 thrilling...pacey....penetrating ...and provoking....a must read by my book....lol
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2014
I like the story line and how the author actually lets you get to know the characters. The ending was`nt quite the jaw dropper that I expected I could actually see this book being made into a tv mini series.
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