Dare to Dream

Dare to Dream

by Carys Jones


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"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.

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ISBN-13: 9781942111085
Publisher: REUTS Publications
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Dare To Dream 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Is Maggie losing her mind at the tender age of fourteen? Night after night she is surrounded by horrific nightmares that seem to be foretelling the end of the world, Armageddon is at hand. Strange events unfolding seem to give her the insight to put two and two together and come up with four, but no one believes her of course, I mean, really, how many of us would drop everything because of a dream, especially from a young, hormonal ten? The world will be wiped out, but Maggie has a chance to save herself because her dreams have told her where to hide. As the terror begins, and the world is being brought down, brick by brick by monsters from the skies, she and two friends begin the trek through the smoke and ash to safety. What they discover both on the way to and within the cave is almost as shocking as what they have lost. Perfect for younger teens who will enjoy the action and the fear factor of the unknown, this multi-POV tale keeps the tension high and the unknown completely hidden, just like a nightmare, but the unveiling of the truth may seem even more bizarre and unbelievable. Dare to Dream by Carys Jones is a trip through chaos and loss with no ending in sight. Are these three kids the last survivors of the world or are there more? Why weren’t they killed? Carys Jones has gotten inside the head and heart of a fourteen year old whose brain is firing on all synapses without getting too bogged down in the details that older readers require. Through youthful eyes, this tales leaves just enough for the reader to make their own assumptions, which I think made this tale just a little bit better, more realistic and identifiable for younger teens. I received this copy from Carys Jones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve had trouble getting into books these days. I’ve been reading so much for my internships, for school, and for work. I’ve been loving the work I have, but when I sit down to read something for fun, it’s hard to turn the editor or writer brain off: How can I make this better? What can I learn from this? So, when I settled into DARE TO DREAM, I was worried I would run into the same problems. Instead, I submerged into a well-told story with a heroine that I felt so much for that it hurt. Maggie is dealing with a lot: school, boys, being one of five kids, and being raised by her single mother. But that’s all before her dreams about the apocalypse start. When Stonehenge starts falling down, and she starts waking up from these dreams covered in the cuts she receives during the dreams, she starts to think that these dreams—no, nightmares, are something more. Written in such a way that I could only describe as a Rowling-esc voice, Maggie’s story touched on something that many can relate to: How do we find comfort from the bad, or from the unknown? In her search for answers, Maggie tries everything: Church with her best friend Dawn, sleeping pills, even changing where she sleeps. The more pillars of Stonehenge that fall, the more she’s convinced that her dreams aren’t just dreams, but a premonition of the end of the world. So when it turns out that she’s right, I felt conflicting things for Maggie. First, sadness, because of what the destruction takes from her. But also happy that Maggie turned out to be right, and that she wasn’t going crazy like she feared. I highly recommend picking up a copy of Dare to Dream today. It won’t disappoint.
LeaVangee More than 1 year ago
“The world was going to end. Of that, Maggie Trafford was certain.” Dare to Dream starts us off with young Maggie Trafford. She’s a middle child, good in school, mostly ignored… There’s nothing extraordinary about Maggie. At least, not until she starts having dreams. Vivid dreams. Red lightning, destruction and devastation. Normally, she could probably shrug them off as just a nightmare, go back to sleep, and never bother her again. Unfortunately, this dream appears every time she closes her eyes. It plagues her, affecting her sleep as well as her waking hours. Dare to Dream has been one of the best apocalypse books I’ve read. I won’t lie and say I wasn’t one of those people who was terrified of 2012. I lied about it then, but now it doesn’t bother me at all. This book preys on that fear. It’s fiction enough for the reader to remember it isn’t real, but you relate so well to Maggie, in spite of her age, that in the back of your mind you wonder if the events in her dream could really happen. Maggie’s very mature for fourteen years old, and it’s not totally unreasonable for her to not fear these dreams. People fear dreams all the time, but then again, most people don’t get premonitions. There’s little I dislike about this book. There may be a few plot holes, but the way the ending is, it seems as if there might be a sequel? Normally, this book wouldn’t have been one I’d read, simply because of Maggie’s age. I usually like to stay more in the upper teens than lowers, but the summary gave me chills. I’m really glad I read this, and it was definitely worth staying up until 4 am to finish reading! I could see myself reading this one again, definitely if there was a follow up. But even if I don’t read it again myself, I will definitely suggest it to other people. Thank you, Carys, for giving me the opportunity to read this book!
KPalm More than 1 year ago
I was given a eARC, for my chance to read and review. It began with a dream, Maggie's dream, of red lightning flashing from a dark sky, turning buildings to ash. A dream that shook her to her core. It began with the falling of the massive structures of Stonehenge, one by one. The image of the dream will stay in my head forever. Just so cool. The book is told through Maggie, but switches point of view, nearly omniscient POV. We end up in the mind of the therapist, the news reporter, Maggie's mother, and friends. The switching did bother me a little, keeping me from really connecting to the characters, leaving me wondering why I needed to see into the mind of the therapist for that one moment, or get a view from the head of the news reporter a few times. However, when we move into her father's mind, I am intrigued! I enjoyed the interaction between the characters. Maggie's family life, the chaos of five kids and a single mom living in a small house felt true. The need Maggie had to find her absent father, certain that he could fix everything, made my heart ache. Maggie's struggles in school, and not grade-wise, people, she's a smarty-pants, but with her peers. Her best friend, surprisingly a popular girl, hung by Maggie's side, even believed her when she spouted crazy talk of the end of the world. And when the world ends, cause it does... she saves her friend and one other, a boy who has had a crush on Maggie forever. The dreams give her an image, a place to go, lead her to safety. They walk miles and miles, slowly realizing what has really happened and the impact it has on their lives. Their reactions are all different and believable. And the alien orbs flying through the wreckage... completely creepy and awesome. The way Maggie immediately connects the falling of Stonehenge to her dreams seemed fast to me. Her certainty that they would be safe at the caves, which she had seen in her dreams, bothered me a bit. I guess I needed more there. However, I continued to read, because I needed to know. What had happened? Why? The scene with her father... he better not be dead, because I need more of him. And the final scene. The final line of the book sent my heart a flutter. I love it when books do that. And when she publishes the sequels, she has told me there will be (cause I asked), I will read them. Because there are things I need to know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thrilling YA adventure! Couldn't put it down! 
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story transported me to a more innocent time, where there was room to grow and time to share, without the hustle and bustle we have nowadays. It was a story of true love and honor and gallantry, that gave me sighs and goose bumps, and left me with a good, cozy feeling all over. I highly recommend it!
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