Book Title: Fifteen
Author: Jen Estes
Genre: YA Fantasy
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Legend has it if you die in your dreams, you die in real life. Fifteen-year-old Ashling Campbell knows that’s not true because when she closes her eyes each night, she doesn’t dream about public nudity or Prom dates. Instead, she’s catapulted to the front row of her future self’s execution - fifteen years from now - where monsters have taken control of her hometown and she, or rather, her 30-year-old counterpart, is their public enemy number one.
For three months and counting, it’s been the same dream… until an encounter with an antique dreamcatcher. Ash falls asleep to discover she’s no longer a mere spectator in these dreams - now she’s astral-projecting into the body of her future self. Each night, she goes on the run with a ragtag group of rebels - who have no idea she’s really a high school sophomore and not their noble warrior. She has to make it through each night so that she can wake up and find a way to change the future. For every action she does in the present day, she falls asleep to discover it had an equal impact fifteen years later. It’s up to her to manage her two worlds and make sure she’s still got a place in both.
✯✯4 Flying High Stars!!✯✯
Once I sat down and started reading this book, I couldn't put it down!! It reminded me of that movie with Ashton Kutcher called The Butterfly Effect. It's where when he reads his journals he can go back in time and change things and wakes up to a completely different future. Yup, Fifteen is like that.
For the past three months 15yr old Ashling AKA Ash tries everything not to go to sleep. Because, when she falls asleep she's fast forward 15yrs. Now, she's 30yrs old and being executed. She is part of a rebel group and her town has been over taken by demons. Yea, Ash has every right to not want to fall asleep.
In her present 15yr old life she has her mother, her aunt and best friend Tate. Then, there's Nadette, her foster sister. Her parent's died a few months before and man oh man!! She's an evil evil person. In her 30yr life she has Coop. He's part of her rebel troop.He's totally in love with Ash. But, he's younger then her so she's against it. Not that she continue's to think that all the time.
Tate is the only person who know's everything about Ash's dreams. He trying to help her. It's part of a Lakota legend. One person every 15yrs gets this ability. Tate & Ash learn real quick that she is Astral Projecting. For 3 months she was going to her execution. It was always a 45 min time frame. She learns that there's a way for her to pick up where she left off.
Ash learns very quickly that every time she did something the next time she visited her future or woke up to her present it was different. Sometimes it was goof and sometimes not so much. Coop was always there in her past and Tate was always in her present.
I don't know how she dealt with everything. There was so much stuff for a 15yr old to process and deal with. But, she really handled it well. Coop was one of my favorite people in the book. Nadette was beyond evil. She has Tate under her spell. Oh to be 15 and lovesick. Hahaha. And, that's what Tate was.
Now, as much as I liked Ash. We knew a lot about her at 15yrs old. But, not her 30yr old self. It was never explained how she got caught up in the rebels. Or what she did to be executed. And, what made her & Tate's friendship go the way it did. I wish that would of been explained.
You must def pay attention when you're reading this book. There's a lot going on. It's fast paced and you won't be disappointed that I can promise. I hope Jen gives us book 2 sooner then later.Because, I am dying to know what's coming next for Ash, Coop, Tate and even Nadette.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Jen had to choose between staring at corn or reading books. Corn husks just didn't have the appeal of the Baby-Sitters Club, and so a bookworm was born. Reading later turned into writing and in 2011, Jen published her first novel with Camel Press. After releasing four books in the mystery genre, Jen finally gave in to the literary demands of her inner teenager with her YA debut, FIFTEEN (coming January 2015 from Curiosity Quills).
Jen is an active member of the National Writers Union. When she isn't writing, Jen enjoys sci-fi in all its mediums, attempting yoga, using her passport, watching baseball, and reading a good book. She lives in Illinois with her husband Nathan under the tyranny of their three cats: Wrigley, Ivy and Captain Moo. To balance the feline:human ratio, they are expecting their first child in the early spring. You can find Jen on the web at www.jenestes.com, on Tumblr as AuthorJenEstes, and tweeting under @jenestesdotcom.