Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is the second book in The Muse Chronicles- a follow-up to the first book in the series, We Own The Sky.
The book follows Sylvia- a seventeen-year-old who used to live for music, whether it be listening to her favorite artists, playing drums in a local band, or writing her own songs. But when the delusions she was having about Greek Muses take over her life and wind up sending her to an inpatient psychiatric facility, she’s afraid that music will cause the delusions to return.
Her attempts to keep music out of her life are painful– she tries to go through the motions of everyday life, but something feels like it’s missing. Eventually, she begins letting music back into her life slowly as she reconnects with her father and friends in a way she hadn’t been able to before. Visions of muses also begin to return, but only in her dreams- Sylvia is forced to decide between suppressing these delusions, or coming to terms with the fact that the Muses might actually be real.
Overall, I enjoyed Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming even more than the previous book in the series. Readers were thrown into Sylvia’s world in more complex ways than before, and her friends and family were built out in new, powerful ways. I was specifically impressed with the way Crawford wrote about Sylvia’s relationship with her father. I found the chapters about Sylvia’s life absolutely captivating- but the chapters with narration from various Muses to drag on and lack the same endearing qualities.
If you read my review on We Own The Sky, you’d know that my biggest problem with the book was the abusive power dynamic between Sylvia and Vincent, her muse. I didn’t see as much of this imbalance in Hurry Up We’re Dreaming– in part because Sylvia and Vincent only interacted in her dreams, and Sylvia was able to stand on her own two feet with new autonomy and independence.
Overall, I enjoyed Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. It has a captivating, addictive quality reminiscent of the Twilight Saga for me. I’d definitely recommend this for folks who are interested in YA fantasy with a contemporary twist.
Note: I received an copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.