Review | Mister Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Raven Boys, a mesmerizing story of dreams and desires, death and destiny.

The stakes have never been higher as it seems like either the end of the world or the end of dreamers approaches.

Do the dreamers need the ley lines to save the world . . . or will their actions end up dooming the world? As Ronan, Hennessy, and Bryde try to make dreamers more powerful, the Moderators are closing in, sure that this power will bring about disaster. In the remarkable second book of The Dreamer Trilogy, Maggie Stiefvater pushes her characters to their limits – and shows what happens to them and others when they start to break.

Mister Impossible picks up right where Call Down the Hawk ended, with Ronan, Hennessy and Bryde escaping from the Moderators and beginning their search for ley lines that they can awaken. It was more plot-driven than its predecessor, but no less confusing – every new piece of information given led to more questions, culminating in a stunning reveal that left me questioning everything I thought I knew. In typical Maggie fashion, this reveal was right at the end of the book, so it’s an understatement to say that I need the next one ASAP.

In a lot of ways, Mister Impossible reminded me of The Dream Thieves: Ronan’s chapters were brutal, unreliable, and reminiscent of the Kavinsky era in more ways than one. The Declan/Jordan/Matthew storyline provided a much-needed respite from such heaviness. Declan continued to be my favourite: finally living as himself, instead of playing a part, and developing a banter-filled, budding relationship with Jordan. In a similar vein, Jordan carved out her own path, distinct from Hennessy, and showed Matthew that being a Dream doesn’t mean that you can’t live a real life.

One of the predominant themes in Mister Impossible is the balance between technology and nature (as a magic source, in this instance). Civilization and technological advancements have made it so that the ley lines are no longer as strong as they once were, stifling the Dreamers’ abilities and making a compelling argument for the ecoterrorism that occurs throughout the story.

Overall, Mister Impossible was a dark and wild ride that left me desperately wanting the sequel, if only to answer the many, many questions that the ending left in its wake. The Dreamer Trilogy has proven itself time and time again to be an ambitious story, and I can’t wait to binge-read all of the books once the finale is available.

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