Author: Jacquelyn Sylvan
Genre: YA Supernatural Thriller
Eighteen-year-old Alice has spent the last year of her life in a hospital bed, held hostage by pain from a freak accident. Doctors can neither explain nor cure her condition, and her medical insurance is about to run out. Then, she’s offered one last chance—inclusion in a study for a revolutionary new pain medication.
Miraculously, the medication works. There’s only one side effect—vivid, terrifying nightmares, of imprisonment in a pitch-black cell, with no memory of her identity or how she got there. At least, she thinks that’s all they are, until someone from her dreams shows up in real life.
When other sinister happenings cross the boundary between dreaming and waking, Alice must choose: return to a half-life of isolation and agony, or confront the malevolent force behind the dreams, before she and those she cares about are trapped in their nightmares forever. But by the time she makes her choice—it may already be too late.
Wow. Just wow. I’m totally blown away by the awesomness that is “Blind Study”. This book was an amazing read.
The opening chapter starts out stong. 18-year-old Alice tries to save an infant girl, but in doing so, unfortunately falls down a cliff. Months after her injuries have healed, she’s still in unbearable pain, baffling the doctors who have no idea what’s going on. Alice gets one last chance: a trial run for new pain medication. To her relief, the medication works. But there’s a side-effect to the medication, one they could’ve never foreseen. Terrible nightmares that seem to blend with reality. Nightmares that start to come true.
When Alice discovers Riley, a war veterian and fellow test subject with the new medication, suffers from the same agonizing nightmares, they realize something else is going on. In the nightmare world, they comfort each other throughout the terrible ordeal, growing closer together.
Alice was a great character. She feels tremendous guilt over the way she treated her mother and her boyfriend, Jonathan, while being in pain. She risks herself for others, willing to do whatever it takes to help someone else. The accident has greatly scarred her, and changed her, and she has a certain darkness about her that makes her a really intriguing protagonist. She’s far from your average care-free teen who plays the main part is most YA novels.
Riley was great as well. I loved his story and the way he comforted Alice when she needed him. Jonathan was awesome too, but I liked Riley better.
There’s plenty of scary supernatural stuff going on, but there’s also a hint of romance, a bit of drama with the accident and survivor’s guilt and such. Overall, it’s an awesome, amazing read with an ending that left me breathless and characters that left me very intrigued.