Strange the Dreamer

By: Laini Taylor

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly.

ISBN: 9780316341684

JLG Release: May 2017


Sensitive Areas: Mild sexual themes, Mention of rape
Topics: Fantasy worlds , Supernatural abilities , Gods and goddesses , Love , Fairy tales

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Awards & Honors

2018 Michael L. Printz Award Honor
YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults, Top Ten
Goodreads Choice Awards 2017, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
Brightly, 16 of the Most Exciting YA Books to Read in 2016
VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror 2016
Booklist 2017 Top 10 Books for Youth, SF/Fantasy & Horror
Spring 2017 Kids’ Indies Next List, For Teens
Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence, 2018 Longlist, Fiction
Amazon.com Best Books of 2017, SF & Fantasy
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Teen Fiction
Booklist Top of the List Editor’s Choice, Fiction Older Readers
Los Angeles Public Library Best of 2017: Teen Books
NPR’s Book Concierge, 2017 Great Reads
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 2017 Blue Ribbons, Fiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Book List*, The Horn Book Magazine, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Lazlo Strange is a foundling who has grown up alone and unloved, sustained only by his fantasies and stories of a city known as Weep. As an adult, Lazlo finds his way to the Great Library of Zosma and becomes a librarian, tasked with supporting scholars in their work. His fixation with Weep continues, and he searches for
[STARRED REVIEW]
Lazlo Strange is a foundling who has grown up alone and unloved, sustained only by his fantasies and stories of a city known as Weep. As an adult, Lazlo finds his way to the Great Library of Zosma and becomes a librarian, tasked with supporting scholars in their work. His fixation with Weep continues, and he searches for scraps of information about it and its inhabitants and even teaches himself its language from books in the library. Then Eril Fane, the liberator of Weep, pays a surprise visit to Zosma. Lazlo seizes the chance to join an expedition to the city he has dreamed of for so long, and he is caught up in an old conflict between Weep’s mortal residents and blue godlike beings who had terrorized the city until Eril Fane slew them. Unbeknownst to the inhabitants of Weep, five children of these magical beings have survived and live in the giant seraph that hovers over the city, blocking the light. When Sarai, one of these Godspawn, visits Lazlo in his dreams, their growing relationship leads to the revelation of long-hidden secrets and opposition from other Godspawn, who desire revenge on mortals. This is the first in a pair of planned companion novels by the Daughter of Smoke and Bone author, and it has all the rich, evocative imagery and complex world-building typical of Taylor’s best work. There is a mythological resonance to her tale of gods and mortals in conflict, as well as in Lazlo’s character arc from unassuming, obsessed librarian to something much more. VERDICT This outstanding fantasy is a must-purchase for all YA collections.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ

Horn Book

Lazlo Strange is a lowly librarian with a keen and singular interest in the mysterious city of Weep, which lost contact with the rest of the world over two hundred years ago. When an envoy from that fabled city suddenly appears at the Great Library in the kingdom of Zosma, recruiting the best minds for a formidable but undefined problem, Lazlo mana Lazlo Strange is a lowly librarian with a keen and singular interest in the mysterious city of Weep, which lost contact with the rest of the world over two hundred years ago. When an envoy from that fabled city suddenly appears at the Great Library in the kingdom of Zosma, recruiting the best minds for a formidable but undefined problem, Lazlo manages to finagle a spot on the delegation. Meanwhile, we are introduced to teenage Sarai, who is “godspawn”—half-human, half-god—and who for the past fifteen years has lived in an impregnable metal citadel that hovers in the sky over Weep, ever since the gods were slaughtered in retribution for their brutal acts of sexual violence. Sarai has the power to fragment her consciousness into a hundred moth-shaped pieces and send them down to torment the citizens of Weep with nightmares. Much to her surprise, Sarai finds that, unlike others, Lazlo can actually see her when she enters his dreams, and what starts as an uneasy alliance between enemies blossoms into an improbable romance that will have tragic consequences as the plot draws to its cliffhanging conclusion. Taylor’s work (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, rev. 11/11, and sequels) sits at the nexus of the fantasy, horror, and romance genres. Here she has spun another mesmerizing tale with captivating twists and turns, an array of intriguing characters, strange and beautiful language, and baroque flourishes of the imagination; and, once again, she has set her readers up for an epic finale in the concluding volume of the duology. jonathan hunt

Book Details

ISBN

9780316341684

First Release

May 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

Page Count

544

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.1; Points: 24;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.4; Points: 33;

Lexile

Level HL820L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Little, Brown

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild sexual themes, Mention of rape

Topics

Fantasy worlds, Supernatural abilities, Gods and goddesses, Love, Fairy tales,

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