My Rating: 4/5
Author: Steve Cypert
“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.”
Scapemaker is a young adult fantasy novel that follows Matthew into an exciting new world – of dreams. This book puts me in mind of Harry Potter – a hidden school amongst the real world, mystery, adventure, and unusual characters and abilities. However, this is not a wizard-type book. This story takes place within the dream realm (and the real world.) Those who can cross over to the dream world consciously are known as dreamscapers, and Scapemaker is the school where Matthew ends up attending.
Matthew has had some bad events taken place in his life – starting with a bad injury from a high school football game to his father’s “coma.” After moving to a new home to accommodate for his father’s medical condition, he learns about Scapemaker. He also makes some new friends – some of which have unusual qualities. Matthew, a good person, tends to bend the rules to help his father and friends. This takes him on a bumpy ride against night terrors (the nasty bad guys in the story) and getting in trouble at school. The story is written in third person, and mainly follows Matthew. There are a few moments where the story focuses on other characters within the same event to give the reader the full gist of what is happening.
The plot moved along well for me. It was an easy read. At one point where Matthew was learning about Scapemaker and all that comes with the dream world, I thought it was a little too much information all at once. Perhaps it could have been spaced out a little more. But, it made room for the rest of the story to proceed. There is a lot of action during the second half of the book, and it ends to be continued in the following book. There are still some unanswered questions and new questions from the last question that should make the reader want to find out what happens in the next book. I also wondered what Mae (his mother) was thinking and doing during this time.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. If you like young adult fantasy novels, you should give this book a try.
The author has created a group on Goodreads for the Scapemaker series. You can find this here. Steve writes:
“For those interested in reading Scapemaker, news about Soul Feeders (Scapemaker #2), Q&A’s, future trailers, giveaways, polls, trivia, discussions, insider news and unknown facts, other events, or even a place to tell others about that dream that you had the other night – I have formed a Goodreads group called “Scapemaker Scapers”. This will be the place I will post any news before “going public”. Those who join this group will be the very first people to be offered free ebooks from the Scapemaker series, including Soul Feeders (Scapemaker #2), which should be out by the end of this year (2013). Please consider joining this group. The more the merrier, so tell a friend.”