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+.
David has a recurring dream that takes place in 1940 (David lives in modern Britain), where he meets Eddie, a child living in war-torn London. One day, sinister forces try to abduct David from school. He escapes thanks to the help of another cabal, the secret but benevolent Dreamwalkers. David learns he has a rare ability; when he dreams he travels to the places he is dreaming about. Dreamwalkers can't interact physically with their surroundings, but their presence can alter history, so they try to ensure the leave no trace of themselves. They appear in their new locations as spectres, giving an elegant explanation for ghost sightings throughout the ages.
The Dreamwalkers operate out of a Hi-Tech subterranean base somewhere in the Swiss alps. Only children can travel through dreams, giving Dreamwalker HQ the feel of Hogwarts run by a Bond villain. The point of all this? To prevent history being mutilated by villains of the piece, the 'Haunters'. Haunters use their time-travelling abilities and ghost-like presence for their own personal gain. Sometimes this is disrupting important historical events, others it's as simple as putting lots of money on the 4.30 at Kempton.
Now, Adam, the finest Dreamwalker of his generation, has gone rogue, teaming up with the Haunters. His goal? To kill Eddie.Read more ›
10 is the lowest end of the age range for this, it's quite a sophisticated plot involving the acceptance of time travel and out of body experiences, but children raised on Dr Who will enjoy the familiar experience. The concept of having to ensure that your own future existence is guaranteed in a time travel story is a very familiar one, but it is given a new aspect here.
Set in contemporary and wartime (WWII) Britain, it's an extremely well-written tale with realistic dialogue and engaging characters.
There are a range of neat plot twists that I didn't spot coming - and the end is left slightly open, which leads to the possibility of a sequel in the future.
Nicely balanced with both heroes and heroines, this is a book that will appeal to fantasy loving boys and girls of around 10-14.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Used this for Adventure and Mystery stories for my Year 5s. We only looked at an extract in class but they wanted to find out more. Read morePublished 15 months ago by gemstar
Eddie, Adam and David have the same gift. They can time travel, appearing as ghosts in the past. But each of them wants something different. Read morePublished on 24 April 2014 by Kindle Customer
Haunters focuses on David, a teenager who suddenly finds out he is a dreamwalker - someone who can travel through space and time in their dreams. Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2014 by Miss
If you like a race against time, then this is your book. It is a sci-fi that mixes time travel and psychic projection - the ghost thing is a bit of a red herring, actually. Read morePublished on 19 Aug. 2013 by M. J. Saxton
Haunters is largely well written and an engrossing read, telling the story of David, who discovers that his dreams are actually forays into the past where he is seen as a ghost. Read morePublished on 29 July 2013 by Fiona Millar
The blurb on the back of my book didn't match the story I was reading very well at all. (I have checked and the one on the website is very different)
"Eddie, Adam and David... Read more
a very good and well written young adult.i love paranormal novels and this one is among one the best that i have read this year .. Read morePublished on 16 May 2013 by Ms. B. E. Harris
There are people, it seems, who can walk in their dreams through time - Dreamwalkers. They appear to the viewers as ghosts. Read morePublished on 12 May 2013 by T. Walker
Time travel and ghosts seemed to be a great combination according to our son.
A good stand alone book that is so easy to get into and enjoy, according to son aged... Read more
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