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Bryony "Bryn" Winters can harm people by dreaming. With no control over whom she hurts, a condition called Somnus, Bryn can't even be sure she won't kill her own family. Protecting them means running away and trusting a mysterious company that possesses as much authority as amorality. And when Bryn meets Cedar Blackthorne, a Somnus with captivating eyes, she can feel he's Bryony "Bryn" Winters can harm people by dreaming. With no control over whom she hurts, a condition called Somnus, Bryn can't even be sure she won't kill her own family. Protecting them means running away and trusting a mysterious company that possesses as much authority as amorality. And when Bryn meets Cedar Blackthorne, a Somnus with captivating eyes, she can feel he's hiding something. So why can't Bryn help trusting him? And what if she's making a deadly mistake?


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Bryony "Bryn" Winters can harm people by dreaming. With no control over whom she hurts, a condition called Somnus, Bryn can't even be sure she won't kill her own family. Protecting them means running away and trusting a mysterious company that possesses as much authority as amorality. And when Bryn meets Cedar Blackthorne, a Somnus with captivating eyes, she can feel he's Bryony "Bryn" Winters can harm people by dreaming. With no control over whom she hurts, a condition called Somnus, Bryn can't even be sure she won't kill her own family. Protecting them means running away and trusting a mysterious company that possesses as much authority as amorality. And when Bryn meets Cedar Blackthorne, a Somnus with captivating eyes, she can feel he's hiding something. So why can't Bryn help trusting him? And what if she's making a deadly mistake?

45 review for INSOMNUS

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    +Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! After reading the blurb I was immediately interested because... hurting people in your dreams? I mean that's super cool. I like paranormal stuff but I admit I was a bit disappointed with this book. THE WORLD: It's a futuristic world after WWIII where the Somnus have control over different US territories and there is a kind of power war going on between the Somnus. CHARACTERS: The main character is Bryony "Bryn" Winter +Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! After reading the blurb I was immediately interested because... hurting people in your dreams? I mean that's super cool. I like paranormal stuff but I admit I was a bit disappointed with this book. THE WORLD: It's a futuristic world after WWIII where the Somnus have control over different US territories and there is a kind of power war going on between the Somnus. CHARACTERS: The main character is Bryony "Bryn" Winters, an 18 year old whose Somnus condition turns worse than ever before. She knew about her powers but never gave them a second thought, however now she's concerned she will hurt her family in her sleep and decides to go to a Somnus convention. Alone. On her way she meets Cedar Blackthorne who turns out to be another Somnus going to the convention as well. Those two are the main characters although there are a few secondary ones, special mentions to Bryn's and Cedar's siblings. LOVE: Hello instalove. I hate instalove. I can understand having a crush on someone but start a "relationship" and kiss after like 1 or 2 days after meeting each other for the first time? Is this Romeo and Juliet? (I hate Romeo and Juliet too). No, no, no, no, and no. PLUS: The book was really interesting up to the half mark. To be honest it started very good. It was fast-paced, interesting, Bryn had to deal with her powers and how to not hurt people. I thought it was going to continue in that direction of self-discovery and badass power controlling lessons but then... boom instalove was added. The powers themselves and the Somnus condition were interesting as well and a new concept for me. MINUS: Can you guess? Instalove. Yes, that one cliche most readers hate but is still introduced in 70% of YA books. Like I said, I can understand crushes but reading the main character drooling all over the love interest right after meeting him and even after what he did to her was... even funny. I didn't know if to laugh or start a rant. Oh, and let's not forget to mention that this main character also cheats on her love. Wtf? (view spoiler)[Specially with his twin brother? WTF? (hide spoiler)] OVERALL: 3 stars. Mostly for the first half and the idea of Somnus powers. I am sorry but instalove is a big no-no for me. I would still recommend this book for people aged 12-15 because they're usually more dreamy and like the idea of instalove more. —P.S. I Love That Book!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alex Stargazer

    Molly Fennig’s debut novel, In Somnus, has a solid story. Nonetheless, there are real problems; this book is more of a first step in her inchoate writing journey, rather than a true showcase. The premise behind In Somnus is essentially quite simple: there are people in the world who have special abilities, be it healing, the manipulation of light or electricity, or even mind control. But there is another element of complexity—as these abilities generally manifest most strongly in sleep. This is w Molly Fennig’s debut novel, In Somnus, has a solid story. Nonetheless, there are real problems; this book is more of a first step in her inchoate writing journey, rather than a true showcase. The premise behind In Somnus is essentially quite simple: there are people in the world who have special abilities, be it healing, the manipulation of light or electricity, or even mind control. But there is another element of complexity—as these abilities generally manifest most strongly in sleep. This is why the term ‘Somnus’ (Latin for sleep) is used to describe such individuals. But, there is a catch: Somni can’t affect other Somni. But there is a group of Somni, called Prosus (plural: Prosii), who can. The protagonist, a Bryony Winters, is one such. The story follows her journey, firstly as she discovers her powers; then as she meets other Somni; and finally, as a nefarious Prosus scheme unfolds. It will force Bryony to confront everything in life—be it love, death, or the terrible understanding that humans are capable of murder. As I say: the premise is solid, and the execution of the plot is largely successful. The beginning draws the readers’ attention into the protagonist’s mysterious power; the middle is suffused with apprehensive fear and burgeoning romance; and the ending, well, let’s just say it’s a page turner. But why, then, have I not rated it more highly? There are many problems. The pacing is a little awry, at times stalling the plot, at others accelerating it into a confusing mishmash of scenes. Speaking of which: there was quite a lot in the book that left me scratching my head. Another group of somni, called Lumen, also exist; though I never understood who and what they were. Some scenes simply don’t make any sense—either by their own or in the context of the plot. Important elements of Somnus society and the functioning of their abilities are described unclearly. In short, the book is a bit of a mess. Then there’s the romance. While I personally was quite fond of both characters (always an important consideration in a romance) and while the author’s execution was technically passable, I did think it was very cliché. Bryony fell for two very attractive boys, both identical twins. Both boys, in turn, fell in love with her, although—as if often the case with romance written from a female perspective—the protagonist didn’t seem to be all that attractive or (dare I say?) interesting. Some of the clichés carried into the writing. In one scene, the protagonist ‘almost stops breathing’ when she sees a dress; in another scene, characters try to write with blood. And in this futuristic world, a person can be conveniently knocked out with a syringe. In fact, the writing was flawed in other ways as well: the author tried to write poetic imagery, sometimes succeeding, but at other times writing prosaically rather than poetically. When, for the umpteenth time, the author launched another lengthy diatribe about the colour of a person’s eyes or the white blankness of a room; then I no was no longer enthralled, but counting the pages. For all this, though, In Somnus isn’t a bad book. The premise is cogent; the execution competent; and the ending is powerful. Some aspects of characterisation are charming, such as the tendency of a cute boy to use very unusual words. All in all, it’s a readable book, and the author shows a lot of potential—a potential that, with time and experience, I am sure will become something more than that. Rating: 3/5

  3. 4 out of 5

    Renee Vanselow

    A Promising young author! I enjoyed this book immensely from cover to cover. The subject matter was definitely interesting and a nice storyline. Support a promising young author and give this book a read!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)

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