Book Review: Fever Dream

I read Fever Dream because it’s a sure thing for the Tournament of Books short list. It won the ToB Summer Reading Challenge, guaranteeing its spot on the brackets. And it’s super short, so I thought it would be a breeze. And it was. I read it between two short readings.

What can I say about this book? It really lives up to its name. I felt like I was having some odd fever dream when I read this. I followed the story, and I was entertained, but it was all so weird and confusing at the same time. I was so confused, I honesty can’t even give you a decent plot synopsis. I really don’t even know what happened in it.

I flew through the first two-thirds of the book, but after that, I hit a wall. I kept reading because I was expecting things to be explained and for there to be some awesome ending, but it just didn’t happen. I felt absolutely no connection to any character, and I felt oddly separated from them. I didn’t really care what happened to any of them, except for maybe the narrator’s little girl.

What this book did succeed in doing for me, is thrill me, in a way. Because I didn’t know what was going on, the story seemed scarier to me somehow. Confusion and the unknown do create a good combo for instilling fear in a reader.

With this book being so short, I don’t feel like I wasted my time or anything, but I definitely would not have read this if the Tournament of Books hadn’t brought it to my attention. I will pay close attention to the commentary on this book during the Tournament, because I’m really curious on why everyone thinks this book is so great.

Two stars.

Book Stats

Author: Samantha Schweblin

Translator: Megan McDowell

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Pages: 189

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