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Something is happening to the source of the dreamers' power. It is blocked. Diminished. Weak. If it goes away entirely, what will happen to the dreamers and those who depend on them?

Ronan Lynch isn't planning to wait and find out. Backed by his mentor, Bryde, he is ready to do what needs to be done to save the dreamers and the dreamed...even if it takes him far from his family and the boy he loves.

Jordan Hennessy knows she will not survive if the dreaming fails. So she plunges into a dark underworld in order to find an object that may sustain her.

Carmen Farooq-Lane is afraid of the dreamers - which is why she's agreed to hunt them down. The closer she gets, though, the more complicated her feelings become. Will the dreamers destroy the world...or will the world be destroyed trying to eliminate the dreamers?

In the remarkable second book of the Dreamer Trilogy, Maggie Stiefvater pushes her characters to their limits - and shows what happens when they start to break.

©2021 Maggie Stiefvater. (P)2021 Scholastic Inc. All rights reserved.

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I’m going to eat my feelings

Will Patton please read my grocery list and eventually my obituary thank you beautiful story great job y’all.

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Everything it says on the tin

Maggie did what she said she would. This book is so good. Well-paced, dripping with emotional truths, and oh, it does hurt. Mysteries and answers and new developments, oh my.

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Intense

Well, basically, Maggie Stiefvater takes everything you know in the series and turns it on its ear. Wow. What a trip.

It's fair to say Mister Impossible is the most serious book so far. Not that it doesn't have its hilarious moments (Hennessy's diatribe about Pennsylvania had me in stitches), but on the whole it's about maturing, self exploration and self realization. It's...a spiritual journey and has a lot of depth as a consequence. The fanciful aspects of dreams are there too, but the gravity of their plight remains front and center throughout the story.

Ronan and Hennessy must perfect their skills and abilities in order to help dreams and dreamers everywhere. It's a race against the moderator's persecution as well as the industrial developments that are choking off the essential flow of ley line energy necessary for dreams and dreamers to thrive. They can't remain like Kavinsky. All about the take. The sloppy, wasteful, 'trial and error' level they're been dreaming at their whole lives that drains the ley line to exhaustion. They _must_ advance to a grand scale of dreaming that is precise and refined, efficiently and effectively utilizing the energy with no waste of effort or outcome and the ley line none the worse for their use.

Their mentor guiding them through this learning curve, Bryde, requires them to peel back the insulating layers protecting their inner selves to do this. Because Ronan and Hennessy are a mess, cluttered with all kinds of debris inhibiting their abilities. (Kind of like the ley lines.) They can't advance without addressing the stigmas they're holding onto and there's a lot of ugly things they don't want to address, that they've always vehemently resisted dealing with and are adamant about wanting it to remain buried, consciously as well as subconsciously. And Bryde keeps reminding them they don't have the luxury to be selfish and run away from their issues. People are dying while they dither.

So the story unfolds like a complex origami being deconstructed. Each flap lifted shows a why (which is difficult to see) and the next flap their struggle to address the justifiably deep seated fears and vulnerabilities they developed as a consequence of their experience. The writing brilliantly emulates the delicate process to avoid damaging the origami's material and it remains to be seen whether a flat sheet will be left when the journey's done or whether it'll be a ragged crumpled ball of paper. Like ripping a bandaid off the stripping away of falsehoods and denial about themselves is intense and takes its toll on the dreamers, especially when the huge impediment of their self-worth is exposed.

Mister Impossible has you feeling everything they're going through every step of the way. I kept remembering Gansey's caution to Adam in TRC. "Be careful. His heart is a fragile thing." He was so right. Many of Ronan's scenes are heartbreaking. One of Hennessey's scenes was so harsh, the hurtful things said made me burst into tears to witness the exchange. Do I want to cry listening to a book? No. Conversely, what _fantastic_ writing to elicit such a strong response in me. It's raw, honest and true to life. Which is probably why it hit home with such force.

*phew* Okay. Have to come down off that intense scene...

Loved the book, despite the sticky uncomfortable journeys of self discovery that everyone, not just Ronan and Hennessy, are experiencing in Mister Impossible. The inclusion of art and the creation of art makes for fascinating scenes that had me looking up the paintings and remembering my visits to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Maggie Stiefvater has captured the ethereal quality of the building and the beauty of how the art is displayed, as well as the hollow impact of seeing just a frame where the art was stolen.

Mister Impossible is full of a lot of things like that. It's rich in emotional experiences. It isn't a fun listen, but it is very revelatory. There are moments of wonder as well as depths of sorrow and the evolution of all the characters and growth of the story will blow your mind at its finish.

Will Patton's narration is superb, making every character vivid and stepping off the page.

Well worth the credit.

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I’m so confused

Ronan Lynch is still my favorite character in all of these stories. This story left me confused and bewildered. I can’t wait for the last book in the trilogy so I can find out what is happening! Excellent narration!

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loved it, but...

arrrggghhh, left me hanging until book 3! what a cliffhanger. would have been a 5, but I hate waiting!!!

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Want the next book

I loved it. This book makes me think I need to go to therapy even if I don't realize it. How many times does the unsaid or misinterpreted statement determine our course of action? Or influence our self worth?
Maggie Stiefvater does what she usually does with her books. She gets you invested in the characters, gets you to picture & believe in the impossible.

I can't wait to be in the room when my teen reads this book. I want to hear all her reactions as she reads.

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Another brillt Stiefvater book

Blown away as always by the story, the writing style and creativity, and the brilliant narration of Will Patton. Just a little pissed I have to now wait for Book 3!

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Read it

Just read it and every book that came before it. You won't be sorry, unless you finish before the last book is out. Then you'll be miserable like the rest of us. Waiting, like the rest of us.
By the way, Will Patton deserves a raise.

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Yikes.

I love Maggie as a person, the life she lives feels authentic, warm and whimsical. I have been reading her books through the years and have seen her work evolve for the better! However, for me Mr. Impossible was clunky. The narrator changed many of the accents from the last book and our beloved Hennessy now sounds like a soccer hooligan bruv! The explanation of Bryde was to easy. The whole book was just to short, and that always just feels like a cash grab to me. I will go on to finish this series, but only because of come this far on the journey and I sincerely hope it won't be another disappointment. great concept, poor execution. Awful narration, he was so over the top and syrupy I literally paused the book and brought others in to listen. Come on Maggie!

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It was so engaging that I finished it in 2 days

the character development and twisted were amazing!!!
I quite enjoyed the ride!
can't wait for the next one!!!

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  • 08-06-21

Omggggg

Best book by Maggie yet!! How dare she publish this without the next one to gobble right up after!! I am left I’m shock and aww I never saw that ending coming! Highly recommend to everyone, just read all the Raven boys before and then obvs call down the hawk. No skipping! Mwah!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-21

bruv

That moment at Jordan's studio with Matthew made me literally weep.
Best stiefvater book yet