Title: The Keep of Ages
Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
Series: The Vault of Dreamers Trilogy #3
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Release Date: August 29th, 2017
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Source: E-galley from Edelweiss for honest review
My rating: 4 stars
In the fast-paced, high-stakes conclusion to Caragh M. O’Brien’s Vault of Dreamers trilogy, Rosie travels to a derelict theme park to shut down dream mining once and for all.
Driven by fear when Dean Berg kidnaps her family, Rosie Sinclair strikes out across the country to rescue them. When an elusive trail leads her to Grisly Valley, the contaminated ruin of a horror theme park, Rosie has to consider that Berg may once again be manipulating her every move to make her fearful, priming her for a final, lethal dream mining procedure. As Rosie struggles to outmaneuver Berg, she unearths the ultimate vault of dreamers and the hint of a consciousness more powerful and dangerous than any she’s imagined before. Faced with unspeakable suffering and otherworldly beauty, Rosie must discover how to trust her mind, her friends, and reality itself.
Propulsive and deeply speculative, The Keep of Ages concludes the Vault of Dreamers trilogy with stirring possibilities for what it means to be alive.
This final book in the series definitely closed the story out satisfactorily. All three books in the series have earned 4 star ratings from me. You can read my reviews of the first two books here, The Vault of Dreamers and The Rule of Mirrors. Obviously if you haven’t read the first two, I can’t promise no spoilers for them in my review. Sorry. You should stop reading this and skip on down to the giveaway below or click on the links earlier in this paragraph for my reviews of the first two books.
If you remember, Linus and Rosie had the issue of there being a camera put in Linus’s eye by Berg. Rosie’s family is gone, and Berg says he has them. She is trying to get them back as well as to find a way to live safely, and not let Berg capture her and mine her dreams anymore. Berg needs her dreams, as he thinks it may be the way to save himself from the disease he is dying from.
Rosie is afraid to go to Linus, knowing that just about anything she does could lead Berg right to her. So she turns to Burnham, meaning that she ends up having to tell him about Thea, and who Thea really is. Thea’s parents want to seed her again, since her headaches are coming back. Rosie is led to the idea that her family might be held captive in a vault in California that she has heard of. Her sister Dubbs left her a clue, a place to go find them, and there she finds a woman who is from the past of the whole project. A woman who has her own reasons for wanting the vault of dreamers to be found, and hopefully that will make her help something Rosie can depend on. This vault of dreamers is located underneath an amusement park, which you’ll find is where the title of this book comes from.
There’s a lot of suspense and on the edge of your seat moments in this one. It ends satisfactorily as I said, although I could totally read more of the story if there was more.
Praise for THE VAULT OF DREAMERS Series
“A sharp novel about the ways in which everyone can be manipulated, either through editing or one’s own desire to go the easiest path.” ―BCCB
“Like O’Briens Birthmarked trilogy, this dystopian, sci-fi, psychological-thriller hybrid raises ethical and moral questions about science. This might have been a difficult story to pull off, given the environment, but with a likable narrator who is thoroughly unimpressed with herself, it works . . . this should have wide appeal.” ―Booklist
“Fans looking for a science fiction novel that is not heavy on the science fiction or who want something vaguely dystopian will enjoy this title.” ―VOYA
“A mixture of science fiction and contemporary fiction, this novel is an interesting addition to both genres.” ―School Library Journal
“A fast, satisfying psychological thriller . . . The sudden cliffhanger will polarize readers.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Like viewers of The Forge Show, readers will want to keep watching Rosie.” ―Publishers Weekly
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Photo Credit: Tomy O’Brien 2014
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