About the Book
Book: The Traveler
Author: E.B. Dawson
Genre: Crossworlds Fantasy
Release date: September, 2017
WHAT IF YOU COULD TRAVEL TO ANOTHER WORLD IN YOUR DREAMS?
In the modern nation-state of Riyen, few people dream anymore, and those who do are prescribed medication. But when Anissa Robson begins to dream of a strange jungle after the death of her mother, she neglects to report it. Feeling lost and alone in the waking world, she embraces her new dream world, until reality begins to cross over.
When Anissa stumbles upon evidence that her own government has known about Angapo for years, she uncovers a conspiracy that will change her life forever.
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I had no idea what to expect going into this novel. I knew the overall premise intrigued me, but that was about it. And I do have to say, the author did a really good job creating these two worlds–the “real” world and the world Anissa dreams in–and weaving them together. She had me at the edge of my seat, needing to know what happened. Well, she did in the second half of the novel. I felt that the beginning was a little slow, and I found myself having a hard time getting into it. However, when things picked up, they really picked up and I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the pages.
Anissa was an intriguing main character, although to be completely honest, I didn’t really like her. She was too headstrong, refused to listen to anybody, and only did whatever she wanted, forget the consequences. I really liked the side characters, though. They brought life to the novel in a way that I felt Anissa couldn’t.
Overall, if you are someone who likes dystopian novels with a political theme running through, I would recommend this book. It has an interesting plotline, has characters you wonder whether or not you can trust, and has a good message.
I had a received a copy of this book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.
About the Author
E.B. Dawson was born out of time. Raised in the remote regions of a developing nation, traveling to America was as good as traveling thirty years into the future. Now she writes science fiction and fantasy to make sense of her unusual perspectives on life. Her stories acknowledge darkness, but empower and encourage people to keep on fighting, no matter how difficult their circumstances may be. She currently lives in Idaho with her family and her cat Maximus.
More from E.B. Dawson
G.K. Chesterton once wrote that “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” I rather suspect that Aslan would have agreed. In fact, he says something very similar when he explains to the Pevensies why he brought them to Narnia in the first place. It is also why I wrote The Traveler. The vivid, broken, beautiful, dangerous world of this book is completely of my own creation, and yet you will pick up the clear echoes of the world you know, and my hope is that it will allow you to see it with new eyes.
Born in a developing nation to expatriate parents, I traveled a lot as a kid. There really is no way to describe what it is like to grow up between two vastly different countries and multiple cultures. By the time I was seven I was more familiar with the concepts and consequences of political coups, religious persecution, colonization, regional famine, and ethnic discrimination than I was with Sesame Street or Winnie the Pooh.
I grew up surrounded by dozens of Non-Governmental Organizations like humanitarian groups and mission organizations, and military troops from multiple nations. This is probably why almost all my books have a political element that examines the relationships between parties with opposing interests. But my chief interest is and always will be exploring the impact an individual can have when surrounded by (and sometimes at the mercy of) forces beyond their control.
In The Traveler (and its two sequels) I invite you on a journey to examine the relationships between nations, individuals, and cultures. This series is truly about adventure and the spirit and wonder of traveling to new lands and how it can impact your perspectives and priorities. Sprinkle in some fantasy and advanced technology and you have the recipe for a transportive, emotionally rich, thought provoking story unlike any you’ve read before. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. And I hope it makes you look at the world around you with fresh perspective.
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