ARC Review: The Keep of Ages by Caragh M. O’Brien

Posted August 29, 2017 by MC / 0 Comments

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ARC Review: The Keep of Ages by Caragh M. O’BrienThe Keep of Ages (The Vault of Dreamers, #3) by Caragh M. O'Brien
Published by Roaring Brook Press on August 29th 2017
Pages: 288

In the fast-paced, high-stakes conclusion to Caragh M. O'Brien's Vault of Dreamers trilogy, Rosie travels to a derelict theme park to shut down dream mining once and for all.

Driven by fear when Dean Berg kidnaps her family, Rosie Sinclair strikes out across the country to rescue them. When an elusive trail leads her to Grisly Valley, the contaminated ruin of a horror theme park, Rosie has to consider that Berg may once again be manipulating her every move to make her fearful, priming her for a final, lethal dream mining procedure. As Rosie struggles to outmaneuver Berg, she unearths the ultimate vault of dreamers and the hint of a consciousness more powerful and dangerous than any she's imagined before. Faced with unspeakable suffering and otherworldly beauty, Rosie must discover how to trust her mind, her friends, and reality itself.

Propulsive and deeply speculative, The Keep of Ages concludes the Vault of Dreamers trilogy with stirring possibilities for what it means to be alive.

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Oh my goodness, I can’t believe this series is finished! I feel like I have been waiting for book three for so long. I am so happy to know how the story ends, but I am so sad that I won’t get to spend any more time with these beloved characters. If you weren’t already aware, I am a huge fan of Caragh M. O’Brien. You can check out my review of The Rule of Mirrors or my interview with Caragh for the release of The Keep of Ages to learn more about this series.

Unfortunately, I can’t gush about this book as much as I would like to because of spoilers. This series goes through major twists and turns throughout the books, so saying much of anything would give things away. But The Keep of Ages was absolutely fantastic and a wonderful conclusion to this series.

Caragh’s books manage to keep you on your toes for the entire ride. Even if you think you can guess what is going to happen, you are probably wrong. The plot twists are so shocking and really make you think. Each book in the series is distinctly different, but they all tie together beautifully. There is also an incredibly thought-provoking discussion in The Keep of Ages about what defines you as a person – your brain? The functionality of your body? Your consciousness? Simply your existence?

The character development in The Keep of Ages was a wonderful continuation of what had been started in the beginning of the series. The same fantastic cast of characters was back fighting against the evil Dean Berg. I say this virtually every time I discuss Caragh’s books, but she creates some the of creepiest villains I have ever read. They are so real that they feel like you could encounter them out in the real world. They are real people with real problems, and they find awful ways to deal with them. You want to be able to sympathize with them, but they are so horrible that you have to dislike them. Dean Berg is one of the best villains I have ever encountered in YA fiction, and he will always give me the creeps.

I highly, highly recommend the Vault of Dreamers trilogy. So often, young adult science fiction is packed with gizmos and gadgets and romance, but this series breaks the mold. It is an intense, action-packed, thought-provoking series that should be lauded as the best of its kind. The Keep of Ages releases today, so go get yourself a copy and start reading. You will be glad you did.


When a favorite series comes to an end…..

…..blame it on the books.

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