ACHUKA Book of the Day 17 Aug 2023
“A surreal, claustrophobic tale with much to say about the modern world in which we live and thought-provoking in the sense that this is what our future could indeed resemble.” Amazon reviewer
“I loved the whole idea behind this book. It’s set in a near-future Singapore, where social media has all but replaced genuine connection, and our nameless main character is isolated and lonely despite being surrounded by people all the time. It’s an absolutely wonderful, astute and poignant critique of the way modern society increasingly disconnects us from both our fellow humans, and the natural world around us.” NetGalley Reviewer
“The portrayal of loneliness struck me as particularly poignant. The main character’s life seems to be on an unchangeable track, a continuous loop with no exits. The mundane reality and the isolation she experiences at work were rendered with such clarity that it was hard not to empathize with her longing for something more. She is what really drew me into the novel: I just wanted to be her friend. Her nightly escapes to a magical mountaintop school, filled with friendships and the thrill of summoning spirits, became a place of refuge, not only for her but also for me as a reader.” NetGalley reviewer
‘Who is to say dreams are insubstantial when whole lives can be lived in their pursuit?’
When an office worker receives a mysterious device promising to transport her to a parallel universe, she assumes it is just another marketing stunt. That night, in here dreams, she visits a fantastical place. On waking she returns to her normal life, only to return to the same dream the following night. At first she finds the ongoing dreams bizarre, but the more time she spends in the dream world, the less she wants to wake up.
As her fantasy begins to encroach on her waking life, dream and reality collide with drastic consequences.
With sharp insight and wry humour this debut work of speculative fiction by an artist from Singapore highlights the blurring of reality and fantasy in our increasingly virtual world.
A thought-provoking read for young adults locked into the online versions of themselves.