Title: In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Story Perspective: Third-Person
Themes: Expectations, Identity, Family, Bargaining, Friendship, Regrets, Loss
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
Set before the Wayward Children entering Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, there was a young and somewhat odd girl, named Lundy, who didn’t fit into the mold that her parents wanted for her.
One day, a mysterious doorway appears to Lundy, and she enters it to find an odd world that she could potentially call home. However, the idea of fair value is learned and one decision can change her life forever.
This was an interesting read as it provides background information on a particular character that has been present in the previous Wayward Children series.
Entering the odd world of the Market through the mysterious doorway was both exciting and interesting. The Market seemed like a great place to visit, but I would be worried in entering this world as the rules in it are so different than the real world. For instance, the concept of Fair Value is one I’m sure I would mess up.
However, I did find some plot holes and there was a lack of world building unfortunately. Without giving too much away, when a somewhat significant death occurs, the readers never find out what happens. It was both frustrating and annoying because this particular death was referenced a number of times, but it’s never clear what occurred. As far as the world building is concerned, the market scenes always felt rushed and was very surface-level built, if that makes sense.
It was also a shame that I didn’t really find Lundy’s character to be relatable and that the character development of the others in the story was lacking. It seems like Lundy’s friend, Moon, on the other side of the doorway, had an interesting upbringing and though we get to know a bit of it, I would have liked more. It’s just difficult to have an unrelatable character as the protagonist and then no one else to be developed more.
Though I find Ms. McGuire’s works to be unique, the lack of world building, character development, and some plot holes show that this might have been a somewhat rushed book. This wasn’t one of my favorites, but I am still willing to read the next one in the series, whenever it may come out.
Perhaps those who have read about Lundy in other Wayward Children books might enjoy reading about her background.
Number of books of my choosing versus for review:
4 out of 52 books of my choosing for 2019
7 books for review for 2019