What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?
Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn't be more different--except for one thing. They share a secret that they can't tell a soul. At night, they dream that they're each other.
The deeper they're pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever.
I am completely at a loss how to best describe this book and what it got me feeling. I was fascinated by the whole concept of Lucid after reading its blurb and some fantastic reviews. The only way I can think of explaining it is that it was good in an Inception kind of a way, where you don't really understand what's happening but you still like it.
Sloane and Maggie are two girls with the same full name. They are as different as two girls can be with Maggie being dark haired and an actress who lives in New York and Sloane being a student with blonde hair and who goes to a high school in a small town. The only way they are connected to each other is through their dreams.
When Maggie falls asleep she dreams of Sloane's day and when Sloane falls asleep she dreams of Maggie's day. None of them really knows who is actually dreaming of who and which is real and which is just a figment of one's imagination. Its a secret they can't tell another soul because if one of them ever stopped dreaming of the other one of their lives would cease to exist or at least that is what they think.
But soon the lines between reality and dreams start getting blurred. Maggie starts falling in love with Andrew and Sloane is still getting over her loss of her best friend Bill while having mixed feelings for Gordy and James. Both of them were vulnerable in ways only they knew and even though I was rooting for a happy ending for at least one of them I knew it was going to be next to impossible.
Towards the end of the book we can see both of them spiraling towards insanity and it all gets extremely hard to keep up with. But still Lucid was a book which pulled you in and made you feel all the emotions Maggie and Sloane are going through. The writing style was just plain beautiful. I do have a theory on how I think the book ended but me saying it would just spoil things. I think everyone is just meant to come up with their own theories on the end of Lucid. It was a different book and if you're looking for an unusual read you should give Lucid a try.