Kindle Price: $4.99
Official Rating: 1/5
““The world was going to end. Of that, Maggie Trafford was certain.”
Fourteen-year-old Maggie Trafford leads a normal life. Well, as normal as being crammed in a three-bedroom house with four siblings and a single parent can be, anyway. But despite being somewhat ignored at home, Maggie excels, earning top grades, a best friend who would do anything for her, and stolen looks from a boy in Maths.
It’s not until the dreams start that Maggie realizes “normal” is the least of her problems. Every night, she lives the same nightmare—red lightning, shattered glass, destruction. But nightmares are just that, right? No one believes her when she says it’s an omen. At least, not until the already mysterious pillars of Stonehenge start falling.
No longer alone in her fear, Maggie and the world watch with bated breath as one after another, the historic stones tumble, like a clock counting down. But only Maggie knows what it means: when the last stone falls, destruction will reign. And when the world ends, there’s only one option left—survive.
Horrifying and raw, Dare to Dream is equal parts tragedy and hope, detailing the aftermath of apocalyptic catastrophe, the quest for survival, and the importance of belief.”
Teenaged girl leading a “normal” life? Check. Apocalypse? Check. She’s the key to “it all”? Check. “I must survive!” mentality? Triple check.
“Horrifying and raw, Dare to Dream is equal parts tragedy and hope, detailing the aftermath of apocalyptic catastrophe, the quest for survival, and the importance of belief.” I read this (because it’s the synopsis) and I shrugged my shoulders and thought “Okay, this might be interesting.” Oh, how wrong I was. Dare to Dream wasn’t equal parts tragedy and hope, but a complete tragedy.
I need to talk about Maggie, but before that: This author dedicated this book to her father because “Maggie was always your favorite.” I am by no means making fun of the dedication, that is very sweet. I just had a little chuckle over the fact that Jones made her father’s favorite have an incredibly difficult time throughout the book. Dedication aside, Maggie was annoying.
I was in pain when I read Dare to Dream. It was a colossal waste of time and I’m horrified that it cost actual U.S. dollars to buy. I have to start with Maggie, the “heroine.” What standard was Jones following when she created Maggie? She was whiny, made ridiculous assumptions, and had the emotional capacity of a paperclip. She was barely a character, to the point where I don’t even have much to write about her. It’s the plot and writing that I had the most issue with because can you really criticize a paper clip for having no character?