Published by Simon and Schuster on August 11th 2009
Genres: Death & Dying, Friendship, Horror, Horror & Ghost Stories, Social Issues, Social Themes, Young Adult
SOMEONE ELSE WILL DIE SOON she tells herself.
SOMEONE ELSE WILL DIE AND I WILL BE RESPONSIBLE.
A few days after the first time you
walk in your sleep, you kill someone.
That's how the end begins.
Emma Montgomery has been having gruesome nightmares. Even worse, when she wakes up, she isn't where she was when she fell asleep. And she's not the only one. One by one the students of Saint Opportuna High start having nightmares, and sleepwalking. And the next morning one of their classmates turns up dead. Something is making them kill in their sleep. Emma and her friends need to band together, to keep themselves awake until they can figure out what's behind the murders-before anyone else dies.
It seems to me that YA horror books are either good (original or using tropes in new ways) or bad (stuffed with clichés like a Thanksgiving turkey). It’s difficult to find books that go beyond the low budget horror films kind of suck. Sleepless was not one of those books. It just wasn’t very good.
The New Orleans backstory where the starting point of all that ensues was not fleshed out enough. I wasn’t comfortable with the fact that it was right after hurricane Katrina and the whole cliché of evil Voodoo magic was brought up. It just came across cheap and disrespectful.
As for the characters, I disliked them all. Didn’t care about who died or who lived. *shrug* The romance was highly annoying. Jake and Emma..I could have crawled into this book just to murder them both.
Jake is your typical pothead and drug dealer. He’s failing out of high school. No direction whatsoever in life besides wanting to sleep with the pretty Emma. And Emma likes him too. I don’t understand why but 99% of the time she’s thinking about him. Everybody else is dying but who cares, right? He admits he thinks he killed a girl on the beach, considering he woke up with sand all in his clothes and bed..but does this bother her? Nope.
Teens are dying under mysterious circumstances and this is her train of thought:
“Why won’t he touch me like that? Emma keeps asking herself.”
Not only that but she had some petty reasons to hate another girl. The list was things like big breasts, blonde hair and blue eyes, perfect body, and “putting the moves on Jake Hardale.”
… I know girls can be petty to the point of childishness..but in all my days of disliking someone, it was not because of their breast size or hair color. Emma retracts some of this once she gets to know the other girl a little more, but it’s painfully obvious that a dude is trying to write girls and it just didn’t work. The only character with any real depth is Jake, even then it’s not much besides getting high and hoping to bang Emma.
If you’re looking for a good horror book to read, this is not it. So underwhelming from beginning to end.