Book Review: Insomnia

Insomnia CoverBook: Insomnia by J.R. Johansson

Insomnia’s expected publication is June 8, 2013 by Flux Books|Expected Number Of Pages: 361

Insomnia is an e-ARC from netgalley.com in exchange for a fair and honest review

Series: The Night Walkers #1

Genre: YA Paranormal

Goodreads|J.R. Johansson’s Website

Summary: t’s been four years since I slept, and I suspect it is killing me.

Instead of sleeping, Parker Chipp enters the dream of the last person he’s had eye contact with. He spends his nights crushed by other people’s fear and pain, by their disturbing secrets—and Parker can never have dreams of his own. The severe exhaustion is crippling him. If nothing changes, Parker could soon be facing psychosis and even death.

Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. Parker starts going to bizarre lengths to catch Mia’s eye every day. Everyone at school thinks he’s gone over the edge, even his best friend. And when Mia is threatened by a true stalker, everyone thinks it’s Parker.

Suffering blackouts, Parker begins to wonder if he is turning into someone dangerous. What if the monster stalking Mia is him after all?

Insomnia is really different, and in a good way.  The premise that Parker enters the dream of the last person he has eye contact with is a really interesting one, and I’m so glad I read Insomnia!

I’m not surprised that Parker is able to sleep when Mia is the last person he has eye contact with.  Or that he’s the one who is blamed when she gets threatening e-mails from everyone.  I don’t blame them, because it really seems like he’s completely lost it.  But I also understand Parker wanting to have a good night’s rest, even when he does everything possible to make sure he makes eye contact with Mia last.

Insomnia did start off slow for me, and it was hard to get into at first.  It was hard to connect with Parker, and there are so many questions that I have after reading Insomnia.  Like, how on earth is he able to function after 4 years of barely sleeping?  His ability is interesting, but at this point, how he is even alive?  Why does he have this ability and what does it all mean?  We get no details on this ability to enter the dreams of the person who you last made eye contact with.  I know Parker has no clue about why he has this ability or how it works, and that the reader is discovering this right along with him, but…not knowing things about this particular world makes you wonder how he manages to drive and not get into accidents or why his doctor assumes Parker is on drugs and doesn’t do anything except prescribe something or do further tests.

I have the feeling we’ll be learning more about it the next book, because we learn that Parker’s dad has the same ability- a father who left Parker and his mom when Parker was really little.  I can’t say I’m surprised by that connection, because it really wasn’t that big of a surprise.

I think his relationships with Addie and Mia are interesting.  I didn’t get a love triangle vibe, especially because he seems to have feelings for Addie but not for Mia.  His relationship with Mia is more for survival, especially in this book, so it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out in the rest of the series.  I actually wouldn’t mind a love triangle in this case (even though it seems unlikely for now) because it would be a nice change from a female having to choose between 2 guys.

Final Thoughts:

Insomnia is one of the most interesting books I’ve read.  I like that Parker enters the dreams of the last person he makes eye contact, and while I wanted to know how he managed to still be alive and functioning reasonably well after 4 years of not sleeping well, I can’t wait to find out what happens next!  Insomnia gets 3 stars.

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