Author: Jacquelyn Sylvan
Genre: YA Supernatural Thriller
Eighteen-year-old Alice has spent the last year of her life in a hospital bed, held hostage by pain from a freak accident. Doctors can neither explain nor cure her condition, and her medical insurance is about to run out. Then, she’s offered one last chance—inclusion in a study for a revolutionary new pain medication.
Miraculously, the medication works. There’s only one side effect—vivid, terrifying nightmares, of imprisonment in a pitch-black cell, with no memory of her identity or how she got there. At least, she thinks that’s all they are, until someone from her dreams shows up in real life.
When other sinister happenings cross the boundary between dreaming and waking, Alice must choose: return to a half-life of isolation and agony, or confront the malevolent force behind the dreams, before she and those she cares about are trapped in their nightmares forever. But by the time she makes her choice—it may already be too late.
What a compelling, amazing read. Blind Study is the story of eighteen-year-old Alice. After being in an accident, Alice suffers enormous pain. Doctors have no idea what is causing the pain, so they don’t know how to fight. A new, experimental drug gives her a way out. With the new drug, she feels no more pain.
What she gets instead, are nightmares so terrifying they almost feel like they’re real. She gets scared and doesn’t know what to do, especially since she has little choice: eternal pain, or the vivid nightmares. But when nightmares start to blend with reality, and she discovers the other test subjects of the new drug experience the same thing, Alice realizes something terrifying is going on.
I loved the plot, the premise, the characters, everything. What a solid, fast-paced, extraordinary read. This is the kind of novel where everything worked, from the characters to the plot to the narrative.
If you like YA and you’re looking for something a little out of the box, give this one a shot.