By: Melanie | June 28, 2013 | (16) Comments

Title: Insomnia

Author: J.R. Johansson
Publisher: Flux
Genre: YA, mystery thriller
Series: The Night Walkers #1
Release Date: June 8, 2013
Pages: 351
Source: Received in exchange for honest review

Her eyes saved his life.
Her dreams released his darkness.

After four years of sleeplessness, high school junior Parker Chipp can’t take much more. Every night, instead of sleeping, he enters the dreams of the last person he’s made eye contact with. If he doesn’t sleep soon, Parker will die.

Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. But what starts out as a chance meeting turns into an obsession; Parker’s furious desire for what he needs pushes him to extremes he never thought he’d go. And when someone begins to terrorizing Mia with twisted death threats, Parker’s memory blackouts leave him doubting his own innocence.

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Thank you Flux for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.
There are people who genuinely enjoyed this book. Then there are the few that disliked this to a large extent- one of them being me. The only shining point in this novel was the idea. But look no further as the execution was illogical and far-fetched, also, in no way, shape or form I could relate to the main character. Calling Insomnia a disappointment does not even begin to cover my emotions right now.Insomnia opens to a illustrative beginning. We are immediately thrown into Parker’s world and his perception. He hasn’t slept for 4 years properly as he is a Watcher. Someone who is thrown into the dream of the last person he sees before he goes to bed. While his body may rest, his brain doesn’t. This whole situation planned seemed so idea for a psychological thriller yet I was hugely astonished to find myself DNFing this due to the lack of development and execution on this area. Moreover, there were far too many logic gaps that I discovered as well as the plot becoming to complex to completely write properly. Like aforementioned, it was far-fetched.

Parker was not the main character I was looking forward to. I could sense the point Johansson was attempting to place forward and make readers sympathise for his misfortune but honestly. His disrespect and stalkerish habits are no help in this criteria. Who the hell goes stalking a girl for good dreams? Desperation could be the reason behind it but, his reactions to everything is so surreally exaggerated. Definitely a difficult character to comprehend and mull over.

Cliché and stereotypical high school situations topped with distasteful romance, this book was definitely not for me. However, try this if you want. But I warned you, the ending is predictable.

DNF

Mini review.

There are people who genuinely enjoyed this book. Then there are the few that disliked this to a large extent- one of them being me. The only shining point in this novel was the idea. But look no further as the execution was illogical and far-fetched, also, in no way, shape or form I could relate to the main character. Calling Insomnia a disappointment does not even begin to cover my emotions right now.

Insomnia opens to a illustrative beginning. We are immediately thrown into ParkDNFDDDDDDEnnbjb

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Melanie

Owner (and crazy nut) at YA Midnight Reads
Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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16 Responses to Mini Review: Insomnia by J.R. Johansson

  1. It’s a shame this did not work for you, Mel – the concept does sound really intriguing!

  2. I actually quite liked this one, despite it’s few flaws. I really liked the writing style, and the story moved fast enough to keep me entertained. I like reading the flip side though, so thanks for sharing, Melanie! 🙂

  3. I found his stalkerness really weird and I couldn’t get into it because I didn’t like the MC. That is always a deal breaker for me. I DNFed too, so you are not alone, Melanie!

  4. Ariella Lee says:

    Yeah I’m definitely not picking this one up. The cover made me skip this because it’s too creepy and the idea doesn’t interest me at all! Hopefully DLS is going fine for you, Melanie 🙂

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

  5. I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you, Mel! I loved this one, but even I couldn’t tolerate Parker at times. He was a lot better for me at the end of the book.

  6. Sam says:

    I felt the same way about this book! The main character didn’t work for me either, which definitely made it impossible to connect with the story. The idea itself was pretty interesting, but the execution did it no favours at all. 🙁 I’m sorry it didn’t work any better for you, but lovely review!

  7. Oh no, so disappointing! I was really looking forward to this book (I mean, look at the creepy cover!), but it sounds like another book with a great promise that fails miserably.

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

  8. This is soooo scary!!

  9. Faye M. says:

    Aw, sorry it didn’t work out for you, Melanie! I actually liked this one, but I do agree Parker is a very hard character to sympathize with simply because of his overreactions. I’m glad, though, you didn’t finish it because I think the climax (which felt very anticlimactic and random if you ask me) would have made you insane! Haha.

    Faye @ The Social Potato Reviews

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