When 15 year-old Morgan is contacted by the advanced civilization of Lucid World, she has no idea what is to come. She is one of a select group of teens chosen to travel via avatar into a remote, and hidden technologically-advanced society housed inside a vast mountain cavern. Here she learns about an emotional disease called khaos, that has infected all of humanity. Her new friends in Lucid World live under a dome beneath an ice cap, with cats, culture, and a harmonious way of life uninfected by the khaos of the world above. Those living on earth now are in what they call Nosos World.
Shifting from Morgan’s family and school life to the education she receives in Lucid World, the story shows Morgan applying the understandings of khaos to problems in her life, and in the town. While Morgan’s everyday life in Coyote Flats continues to unfold, her family and friends have no inkling of her Lucid World contact. But when communication breaks down, Morgan’s secret is exposed.
‘”Be alert to clues from your subconscious. They may come from anywhere and everywhere: through a dream, a rock formation, a comment made by a stranger. This is why people often see ‘a sign’ to guide them. The sign is a conduit to discover what they already know.”‘
‘”Why would that be khaos? What’s so illogical about wanting to be somewhere nice.” “It’s not illogical to want to be in a nice place, but it is illogical to believe happiness may only be found in such a place.”‘
‘”You can save no one until you save yourself.”‘
“The language of true friends is not really a language at all. It’s a chemical reaction. Once the synthesis as occurred. it can’t be undone by time or distance.”
** I had to start just writing down page number after page number as there were so many quotes that I would have run out of pages in my notebook!**
I am not quite sure where to start with this review…
There were so many important things about this book for me. I will start with how I think this book really should be within the current education curriculum. The author had a way of connecting with me as a reader and creating such an important teaching tool about the world in which we live with an amazing fictional filter.
I think with the struggles I felt within school, this novel would have had a great impact on me. Sometimes especially at that age, when you are struggling, it is easier to connect with a literary world than your own. Lami’s Lucid World has the perfect combination of reality, fiction and providing ways in which youth can feel like they have a sense of control.
I wholeheartedly believe a student would get more out of this book as required reading than those currently being studied. Denise Lami’s ability to create a world within a world in her novel that have fantastic ties with real history makes her story even more plausible and hopeful.
Finally I believe we often do not give credit for what our younger generations are capable of and do not provide them with an opportunity to show us what they are made of. Lucid World provides such an example of what such an opportunity can do for our world, it helps not only us adults how to foster their potential, but shows youth themselves how.
I am so happy I was able to receive of copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I am going to purchase a copy for two middle years teachers I know for their classrooms in hopes to spread the wonderful message within these pages.
I loved Lucid World this much:
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ !!
I strongly suggest you buy this book dear readers as it is the perfect read to start us on a journey to not only heal our world, but ourselves within a perfect fantastical framework. You can find out more about the author and book here.