I’m pretty on the fence about Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera. On the one hand, it sounds pretty good, but on the other I just can’t seem to get a handle on it. I think it might be the complete lack of insight I feel I’m really getting into the main character’s mind, but nothing about the synopsis is really speaking out to me, which is weird because this definitely sounds like the kind of book that I might enjoy. Maybe I’m just having an off day today. Anyway, Dealing in Dreams seems like your typical dystopian, the people are treated poorly and only the elite have anything worth having kind of books. And trust me, I’ve always been a huge fan of these kinds of novels. So I have no idea what’s got me so hesitant about adding this one. I’m going to anyway, because I definitely feel like something is a little off today and I don’t want to miss an opportunity for a book I’d love simply because I’m feeling meh for a reason I can’t explain. I’d like to say that it’s because the reviews imply it’s poorly done, but they’re more mixed than anything and no one I know well enough to trust implicitly has reviewed this one yet, so there you go.
I think it might be the street gangs that is turning me off of this one, though, the more that I think about it. Dealing in Dreams follows Nalah, a gang leader in Mega city who is working toward getting off the streets and into the the safety of the Mega towers, sectioned off for the rich. When she gets a benefactor and must prove her loyalty to him, it soon becomes a question of how much and who she is willing to sacrifice in order to achieve that goal.
At night, Las Mal Criadas own these streets.
Nalah leads the fiercest all-girl crew in Mega City. That roles brings with it violent throw downs and access to the hottest boydega clubs, but the sixteen-year-old grows weary of the life. Her dream is to get off the streets and make a home in the exclusive Mega Towers, in which only a chosen few get to live. To make it to the Mega towers, Nalah must prove her loyalty to the city’s benevolent founder and cross the border in a search for a mysterious gang the Ashé Ryders. Led by a reluctant guide, Nalah battles other crews and her own doubts, but the closer she gets to her goal, the more she loses sight of everything—and everyone— she cares about.
Nalah must do the unspeakable to get what she wants—a place to call home. But is a home just where you live? Or who you choose to protect?
What are your thoughts on this novel? Do you think you’d be likely to add it to your TBR? Would you rather not add it? Let me know in the comments! And happy reading everyone!