GENRE: YA Speculative
When sixteen-year-old Lauren discovers she’s living in a coma-induced dream world where she can have anything she wants, she thinks it’s her lucky break. That is, until she realizes she can’t leave. While she sleeps, her subconscious rules, and it will do anything to keep her from waking—even if it means driving Lauren to insanity.
Sometimes when I’m asleep, I dream about you.
Not in a creepy way, it’s just… I wonder. I wonder if you realize the seasons are changing, the leaves are turning red and falling, and you remain as pale as I’ve ever seen.
Like Icarus you fell, because you flew too close to the sun… and here I sit with the reds and yellows and browns.
Do you remember me?
I swear I really must be losing it, because when I finish telling Angela about all the sleeping problems I’ve been having lately, all she does is roll her eyes and say, “What are you doing at night that keeps you up, Little Lauren?”
And that’s just the thing. I’m not doing anything at night, let alone something that deserves a sexual innuendo. Especially one that hints towards Joshua, as I’m pretty sure this one does. Contrary to popular belief, I have zero romantic interest in him.
It’s free period in the library. Ignoring Angela, I pick up the encyclopedia I’ve been using as a footrest, and go to return it to its home before the gritchy old librarian yells at me for scuffing the cover, annoyed because: a) Mrs. Cambridge is glowering at us like she wonders how we’d taste in her stew, and b) Angela called me Little. And she knows I hate being called that.