THE RULE OF MIRRORS
by Caragh M. O'Brien
Series: The Vault of Dreamers #2
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Roaring Book Press (February 16, 2016)
The fast-paced, psychologically thrilling sequel to The Vault of Dreamers follows Rosie after her consciousness has been split in two.
The entire country was watching when Rosie Sinclair was expelled from Forge, the prestigious arts school that doubles as a reality TV show. But few know how Dean Berg was mining students' dreams in laboratories deep below the school. And no one, least of all the Dean himself, knows that when Rosie's dreams were seeded into the mind of another patient, Rosie's consciousness woke up in that body--a girl far from Forge, a girl with a completely different life from Rosie, a girl who is pregnant.
Told from alternating points of view between Rosie as she makes sense of her new identity and the shattered subconscious that still exists in her old body, this sequel to The Vault of Dreamers will keep readers on the edge of their seats and leave them hungry for more.
The Rule of Mirrors is the second book in the Vault of Dreamers trilogy. This is fantastic roller coaster ride of a story! I have found that typically middle books are ho-hum and not as thrilling as the first or the last but this one breaks that mold.
This story is told from two different points of view: Rosie who was left behind in the vault of dreamers and Rosie who was planted as a dream seed in the body of a girl who was brain dead after a tragic vehicle accident. Both have two very different lives but both have to figure out how live in their current bodies.
Rosie in the vault is still being mined but has an admirer named Ian who lets her wake up from time to time. Ian is an incredibly creepy character that has fixated romantically on Rosie, pretending she is his girlfriend. Rosie has to figure out quickly how to use Ian to get out of this dream vault and make her daring escape. Once Rosie does manage to escape, she teams up with Burnham to figure out a plan on seeking revenge on Dr. Berg. At the same time, the Rosie who was a dream seed wakes up in the body of Althea, the daughter of a very wealthy family from Texas. Her parents are loving and really do want the best for their only child but soon learn that their Althea may be lost forever and this new Rosie in her place.
Both Rosies spend a lot of time and energy trying to figure out what happened to them, process everything new that is happening to them, understand secrets from their past that are revealed, and how to get back at Dr. Berg for destroying their lives. Along the way, they both have to deal with their feelings for Linus, which thoughts and feelings for him are present in both girls. There are so many ups and downs throughout this story that I could not put this book down. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I was so involved with this story that I finished it in a couple of days. There was a lot that happened but it all moved at a pace that made me want to keep reading. I loved these characters and the complexities of them. The ending of the book made me scream a little because I could not believe they left it like that! Talk about hooking a reader in so they will finish the trilogy.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and now cannot wait for the third book. I highly recommend this to everyone. I liked this book so much I gave it four stars.
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