Dreambender, by Ronald Kidd
While reading Dreambender I had a Dèjà vu moment.
Here my face expression when I realized I had already read this story.
There was this Moses, born in the time of a major cataclysm called “the warming”, who built a boat when water started to cover land. Not only he took his family on the boat, but also animals, in pairs, and skilled people: builders, planters, keepers and computers. Years passed when finally one day they found land, they saw it was safe and that became their new home: the City.
So, everyone in the City is assigned a job by the choosers: there are the keepers, the catchers, the computers, the walkers and the dreambenders.
Callie Crawford is a computer. She works with numbers. Her work is important but she wants more.
Jeremy Finn is a dreambender. His job is to adjust people’s dreams; he quietly remove thoughts of music and art to keep the people in the City from becoming too focused on themselves and their own feelings rather than on the world.
Jeremy thinks music is beautiful, and when he pops into a dream of Callie singing, he becomes fascinated with her. He begins to wonder if there is more to life than being safe.
Defying his community and the role they have established for him, he sets off to find her in the real world. Together, they will challenge their world’s expectations. But how far will they go to achieve their own dreams?
Does it ring a bell, anyone?? This is “the Bible meets Divergent” for middle graders!
I’m not saying this isn’t a good book, it’s well written and kids might actually like it, but I’m pretty sure they will also detect the lack of originality.