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Haunters Paperback – 24 May 2012
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14-year-old David has dreams so vivid they seem real. In a dream, he saves his friend Eddie from a fire, which inexplicably makes Eddie turn against him. David finds out that his dreams are in fact forays into the past, where he appears like a ghost - but he's not the only one.
David is inducted into the Dreamwalkers Project, who are engaged against a rogue - Adam, the most powerful dreamwalker they've ever seen. Adam is working for the Haunters, a counter-organisation that is bent on reaping personal benefit by manipulating history. But there is something much more sinister happening, and Eddie is the key to it all. David and Adam must face off with each other to keep history running as it should, but who will win?
Haunters has a great concept, and although like any time-travel theory, it can't be looked at too closely, it holds together well enough for the purpose of the story. I was bothered by certain aspects of it, but they were (mildly) dealt with towards the end of the book - if that bit had come earlier, I could have enjoyed it more wholeheartedly.
Nevertheless, this is a thoroughly enjoyable read, and David's character is engaging. As other reviewers have noted, there are strong female characters (physically and emotionally) who provide a nice counterpoint from the central trio of David, Eddie and Adam. Its mood harks back to the kind of books I read when I was younger - the mysteries and discovery of secrets, the friendship and being tested, and the sense of suspense and sometimes danger. In a lot of ways, it fits into the same niche as the early Harry Potter books.
The story is self-contained and can be read as a standalone, although a sequel appears to be in the works. While it's aimed at the YA age-group, I'd easily recommend for confident readers, 9+.
*Eddie is sworn to protect the course of history*
*Adam wants to change it for his own ends*
*David must find a way to keep them apart*
The future of the world now depends on David, a novice dreawalker, battling the odds and fulfilling his role.
The storyline is a bit more complicated than that summary above might suggest - Eddie and David are connected and if Adam manages to change history for the Haunters (not just for his own ends) the outcome would be disastrous for Eddie and David.
There are two rival organisations, the Dreamwalkers and the Haunters - Adam is a renegade Dreamwalker and David a novice Dreamwalker - Eddie is the piggy-in-the-middle (although he doesn't know it). Adam wants to destroy Eddie to prevent a future in which the Dreamwalkers thwart the Haunters' evil plans and David, not knowing what he is doing or how to do it, has to stop Adam.
To make matters worse; Adam was the most competent Dreamwalker before he defected to the evil Haunters. Both camps have the ability to move in and out of time and place in their dreams, but they will lose the ability once they grow up - this is something that only children can do. So the fate of the world and history itself rests in the hands of these children.
A fascinating YA book with an original storyline which moves along at a smart pace and provides just the right amounts of suspense and hope.
This is a fairly entertaining novel, with good writing and a decent plot that stands up as well as most time-travel plots. There's a reasonable amount of action and quite a few mysteries and intriguing characters to try to suss out. I didn't find David to be a particularly involving character, but fortunately some of the others drew my interest more.
This would be a good book for ages around 9-13. I don't think it transfers as well to the older teenager or adult market as many of the other young adult books I've read recently, and it wasn't the sort of book that I couldn't put down, but it's a solid read for youngsters. I would give it 3.5 stars.
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