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The Vault of Dreamers (The Vault of Dreamers #1) by Caragh M. O'Brien - Review

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The Forge School is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country and The Forge Show is one of the most popular reality television programs, as well. The reason is because the students lives lives are broadcast live to the viewing public, and their popularity rankings determine their time at the school. The students even have a mandatory twelve hour sleep cycle to help boost their creativity. When Rosie, a first-year, decides to skip her sleeping pill one evening, she realizes that there is something off about the school as she begins to suspect that something nefarious is going on beyond the ever-present cameras' reach. The more she tries to look into it, the more she begins to notice that something isn't quite right at the edges of her own mind.

I've heard so many great things about Caragh M. O'Brien that I thought it was time to try her work, and I was quite pleased to see that The Vault of Dreamers, the first volume in her new series, was available on audio. A great way to describe this story is as a 1984-esque dystopian set in the world of a reality show, and it works really well. The beginning of the story certainly hooked me and I was invested in following Rosie's school career and her struggle to find out what's going what's going on at The Forge School. The only aspects that I didn't care for was the (somewhat) love triangle, the fact that Rosie seemed to make a few progressively dumb decisions, and that massive cliffhanger ending. I'm going to have to read the sequel, The Rule of Mirrors.

I listened to this audiobook from March 26 - May 10, 2016 and my review is also on Goodreads.


  1. Ooh, sounds creepy! I love the title.

    1. I was pleased when I realized what the title refers to exactly. :)

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed this book! I got an ARC of it and you can imagine my frustration upon reading the story, getting to the cliffhanger ending, then having to wait EVEN LONGER for the next book. At least my BFF gave it to me as a gift recently. I need to start it soon.

    Was the audiobook version any good?

    1. The production was pretty decent on the audio.

      I hope both of us will enjoy the sequel!

  3. This is one of the books I told myself that I'll read but I ended up forgetting it. I stopped reading 1984 but I'll get back to that soon. I'm not an audiobook person but I'll keep my eyes out for this book on bookstores. Great review! :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project


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