Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass
Published: 2 October 2012 by Razorbill
Pages: 343 (hardcover)
Genre/s: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Source: Own library
What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?
Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn't be more different--except for one thing. They share a secret that they can't tell a soul. At night, they dream that they're each other.
The deeper they're pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever.
It's hard to classify exactly what kind of book Lucid is - it's kind of paranormal, kind of fantasy, a lot of romance and although not exactly a Sliding-Doors 'what if' story, it does have a lot of similar characteristics.
Sloane and Maggie are two different girls, with very different lives, that dream about each other and yet their lives don't cross over. It's an interesting idea and both become, understandably, pretty attached to each other. Both are very different personalities and have totally different lives and priorities, and I enjoyed both perspectives, and although I found Maggie a little more interesting, Sloane's story was more compelling, so it was a good balance. Despite the differences however, there are parallels in their lives which tie the stories together.
Maggie is far more outgoing and unconventional and has strong ties to her younger sister Jade who was one of the best sibling characters I've read in a long time and I loved the closeness of their relationship. Sloane is a little less remarkable and unfortunately falls a little into the small-town-average girl cliche, but she's not offensive and I enjoyed her strong friendships.
I did find that the plot slowed down in the middle part of the story, and although I liked getting to know Sloane and Maggie more intimately, their paths don't really cross until the last 80 pages or so and I wished they had more connection throughout the whole story as at times it felt like I was reading two contemporary YA romances at the same time, although it's not easy to confuse the two perspectives.
There is a strong romantic element as both characters try to figure out their relationships and feelings, although at times it was a little bit of overkill and I just wanted them to figure their shit out and get on with the story. It was perhaps that I wasn't expecting such a large romance element that I got a little frustrated with it, because it was actually quite well done - both male characters were very likable and memorable.
However, when the plot does get going, it's intense, frantic reading and the ending was unpredictable and attention grabbing. Lucid is hard to classify, easy to get sucked into, and despite some pacing issues I enjoyed the characters and the unique story-line.