Review: Dreamland Burning

Some bodies won’t stay buried.

Some stories need to be told. 

When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past… and the present.

Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what’s right the night Tulsa burns.

Through intricately interwoven alternating perspectives, Jennifer Latham’s lightning-paced page-turner brings the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to blazing life and raises important question about the complex state of US race relations – both yesterday and today.



Source: ARC provided by publisher

Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Rating: 5/5


Dreamland Burning will probably be one of my favorite books of the year! I love history and to have a book blending history and mystery together is just perfect. I hardly see these kinds of books in YA, so I was super excited to get an advanced copy of Dreamland Burning. Boy, this book will not disappoint. 
Dreamland Burning takes readers to two different worlds and two perspectives. In the present day, there’s Rowan, and in 1921, we have William. Both sides of the story were really interesting, but I found William the most intriguing! When I first met William, I was really annoyed by his racial prejudice, but he soon changes. How? Read the book to find out! Rowan is a pretty great character too. She discovers a skeleton in her home and endeavors on a journey to find who it belongs to. Meanwhile, in William’s perspective, he gives readers information about the past and what happened during this time that led to a dead person(and the skeleton). 
This fast-paced novel is motivating, fun and will pull out every emotion from you. I definitely recommend this book to readers! 


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