If you like The Chronicles of Narnia, Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland, here’s another unique Portal fantasy for you! Screamcatcher: Web World begins when an ancient dreamcatcher explodes in the presence of four friends, Jory, Choice, Darcy, and Lander. This traps them in a mysterious web world. Navigating through this fantastical world in search of answers to what happened to them forms the main plot of the book.
The main four characters are not the closest gang you could find in a fiction book. Brought together one night by chance happenings, they find themselves stuck in a world that does not make a lot of sense when an ancient dreamcatcher explodes. As the four “friends” somehow try to find answers to why the world changed to black and white or why there are hardly any people around, things get more and more confusing.
Their journey consists of following the most logical next step, mostly led by Jory, till they are out of the web world and back to reality. On their path, they encounter people and animals who are determined to kill them and also have to survive heat, lack of clothes, food, sleep, and shower opportunities.
The story itself is unique and well written. The author included Native American culture as well as diverse periods in history. Every twenty pages feel like a completely different world. Creatively, the author has done a great job. Additionally, the intricacy of the details is bound to get you lost in the story. Reading about the various periods and landscapes made me appreciate the research done by Christy.
Totally screwed up ass-backward worldScreamcatcher: Web World
Christy’s blunt way of writing combined with the web world affecting the emotions of the characters may make you feel like one or two actions harsh, but considering the context, they were necessary.
It is a world like no other. A unique mythical world is hard to come up with, and I bet a portal integration to reality just makes it harder. I felt that the incorporation of the web world and dreamcatcher together was well thought out. It is written as many worlds in one world, which I found to be even more impressive.
The book is suited for young adults and older. It might get confusing, but Christy has done a great job with making a complex world only as confusing to the reader as it is to the four friends braving their way through the web world. Also, details may get a bit gory so it wouldn’t be suitable for kids.
To conclude, I didn’t know that my favorite stories were in a category called Portal Fantasy. Also, the only reason I know what dreamcatchers are is because of Twilight and Jacob Black.
Having read the book, loved it and appreciated the effort that went into it, I can guarantee you won’t regret reading this book, that’s for sure. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
Author: Christy J. Breedlove