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Publisher's Summary

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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bruv

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

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  • Noah
  • 28-05-2021

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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  • O sch
  • 19-05-2021

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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  • serafine klarwein
  • 28-11-2021

Nothing like the real thing

The first of this series was an authentic burst of creativity and imagination, exciting and a great collective of characters. But as they got older, the stories got aged too, hard to follow, hard to want to follow. I have read all of Maggie’s work with relish and fondness. This one was a drag, felt like her unwanted remains.

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  • Alex Sumner
  • 24-05-2021

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-2022

Such a good book

I love every character in the raven cycle series and this book gave you even more of a reason to love even more new characters and dive back into the beautiful dreamy like world that they live in. I’d recommend this book to those who are into the mystical and imaginative story’s.

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  • Manna, Manna
  • 15-04-2022

Such. A. Bummer.

Let me preface this by saying that Maggie S is my favorite author. Raven Cycle is probably my favorite series. I am an adult adult. Her writing astounds me. And.. I did not enjoy THIS book. I could write more but mostly I found it tedious and joyless. While I understand the plot necessity for "dark" parts, I don't enjoy them, and she typically balances that aspect with joy/love/intrigue. Not in this book. And for the record, with the Cinder/The Lunar Chronicles series, I can read books over and over, except for the add on book about how the evil queen became the evil, I dumped that one. If there's no redemption, the torture is not worth it. Life is dark enough already, I don't want it in my fantasy life.

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  • Mawwgy
  • 14-04-2022

amazing !

as always these books are amazing. I love the narrators emotion, it made it feel like I was listening to a movie !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-01-2022

It’s very good book

I like the narrator for this book. Now I’m wait on the three book now. This author is really good at writing young adult books.

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  • Ready McBookerson
  • 10-12-2021

I cannot love the Brothers Lynch any more

Talk about cliffhangers! (Yes, multiple.) Maggie writes like people actually talk (and think.) That is probably my favorite thing about all of these Lynch-related stories. The premise is so cool, too (but you must start with Raven Cycle to get it all.) Will Patton could read a chemistry textbook and make it compelling. The combination is excellent. In the end, I totally did not see what happened to all the important characters coming. That is rare for me, as I usually figure it out. I cannot wait for book 3, but I hope it is not the end.

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  • BookReadingJenn
  • 13-11-2021

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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  • Tas
  • 11-02-2022

Enjoyable Listen

I enjoyed this book. It definitely felt like a significant development from the first book which I wasn't so into. I really enjoyed the narration of this book as well. It helped bring to life the characters for me, especially since I read the paperback version of the first book. I especially liked how the narrator depicted the difference between Jordan and Hennessy.

The plot also had me invested in the story and the character development of the main characters. I was also listening to The Raven Boys before listening to this and just reflecting on how different Ronan is is incredible. His character definitely goes through growth in this, becoming much more self assured which I loved. I also especially loved the continued evolution of Jordan Hennessy. The Jordan and the Hennessy make the story much more intriguining because of their contrasts.

I also have to remark that I love the music at the beginning and end of the book. It just suits the story so well! So dark, mysterious and Ronan.

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  • Freya
  • 06-08-2021

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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