Goodreads Link: Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith
A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.
Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject's body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.
A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.
Outside your book who would you “Ship” your MC with?
Wow, that’s a tough one. I could see Livia getting along with Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab; I think his cockiness would help her find some confidence, too! She likes sweet, clever, charismatic boys, so I think she and Peeta Mellark would work together well, also.
Describe your book using emoticons.
Currently who is your favorite author?
Right now I’m addicted to Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, so I’m going to be delving into her backlist. Fortunately she has a nice, big, multi-book fantasy series for me to chew on.
Did you base some characters on people you knew?
There are bits and pieces of people I know in every character I write, but I don’t think any one character has been a total copy of anyone else, either. I like to borrow my husband’s wit, my friends’ loyalty, my parents’ names—well, I did, anyway, for Skandal, when I needed a bunch of period-appropriate names. ;)
What is your favorite writing brain food?
Skinny Pop popcorn is my ultimate weakness. It’s kind of getting to be a problem. I’ll pour myself a cup and munch on popcorn while I puzzle out a plot tangle. When I finish a draft, though, I celebrate with sushi or Italian.
About the Author:
Author of YA historical thrillers SEKRET and SKANDAL and the forthcoming YA fantasy DREAMSTRIDER (all from Macmillan Children's). Russophile, foreign affairs junkie, nerd.
Hope you enjoyed the Interview, look forward to my review the beginning of November.
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