Author: Steve Cypert
Series: Scapemaker book 1
Matthew is the son of Mr. Nicholas Namely, a local high school teacher. But unbeknownst to Matthew, his father is a dreamscaper whose classroom is connected to the dream-world. From his classroom, his students enter the halls of Scapemaker, a dream-world high school for young dreamscapers.
Following a couple of heartfelt tragic events, Matthew is compelled to investigate the unbelievable mysteries surrounding those events and is propelled into a whole new world. Matthew and his mother, Mae, are soon coerced into moving across the country for his father's strange medical needs. While attending his new school, Matthew comes to know the secrets that Daedree, an annoying girl from his former high school, has locked away. Matthew also meets Amber, a beautiful enigmatic girl who leads him to Mr. Xoner's classroom. While there, he learns the art of dreamscaping (which has been in the Namely bloodline for thousands of years).
Matthew will come to know of Nox Celare, otherwise known as The Sandman, who is after a special element called Magineum. Neck deep in skinwalkers, sandsleepers, zombies, soul feeders, ghosts, dream-world criminals known as “night terrors” and more, Matthew learns he is in over his head. Matthew must not only solve the mysteries surrounding those tragic events, but he will also have to protect the Magineum with his life and find a way to be with the one girl of his dreams. Filled with secrecy, mystery and a forbidden tangle of young love, this new life will lead Matthew to unbelievable characters with the most extraordinary abilities he could never have imagined.
Scapemaker will keep you grounded in the real world while at the same time make the fantastical world around it that much more possible and enduring. This tale of young adult paranormal fantasy will keep you guessing and wanting more.
* I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I really liked the idea of this book, being aware in your dreams an able to control what happens even some with special abilities. This is always something I have thought about and never really read about so I enjoyed a bit of a change, it felt kinda like Harry Potter with a twist.
I must admit it took me a bit to get into it, I know now that most of the information at the beginning was needed but at some points it felt over mysterious to me, I know that may not make sense but I don't really know how else to explain it.
I thought the dream world was well established and I liked the small twists to zombies and vampires. There was lots of good action scenes and it just gor better towards the end making me sure I want to continue on with this series to find out what will happen now that most questions were answered only to raise a butt of new ones.
Matthew seemed like a bit of a dull character to me, maybe cause I'm a girl and he's a boy I just didn't really get him, but one thing I will say is I really liked his head strong determination to clear his fathers name always a plus in my book. I may not have fully connected with Matthew but there were a lot of other fun characters that I enjoyed and I am interested to see were they will lead each other.
Overall I liked this book and if you like mystery, fantasy and fun you will too.