While I am not a conspiracy theorist (I really don’t think people can keep the kinds of secrets required for major conspiracies), I always enjoy a good thriller driven by conspiracy. And when it’s in the young adult genre, it’s pretty easy for me to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the ride.
The Vault of Dreamers is precisely the kind of conspiracy thriller I enjoy most (plus the cover’s cool). The premise (a reality show called the Forge Show, filmed at a prestigious fine arts high school) is uncomfortably familiar. There are a few shows on channels that used to play music (I won’t give names, but you all know what I’m talking about), that are coming dangerously close to something like the Forge Show. Granted, on the Forge Show the students are artistic prodigies, and getting pregnant is severely frowned upon. But the students are filmed twelve hours per day, and they sleep the remaining twelve hours with the help of mandatory sleeping pills (creepy, right?).
Anyway, there’s the usual (seemingly) unremarkable heroine, a romance that springs out of nowhere with a forbidden hottie (bizarrely named Linus), and the third wheel guy who pines for her and pays the price. I don’t mind the somewhat formulaic character relationships, because the story is good anyway. Rosie (the above-referenced heroine) skips her sleeping pills and sees disturbing goings-on at night.
The set up for the whole thing took a bit longer than I would have liked, but at the same time it lulled me into a feeling of complacency that made the increasing pace of the story all the more fun. As in any good thriller, the story raced to a finish, where it all felt like everything was happening too fast (for Rosie as well as for me). And the finish, while not shocking, was still interesting enough to leave me satisfied.
P.S. – Forgive the excessive parentheses (I didn’t sleep much last night what with the Outlander premiere on Starz).