Title: The Trajectory of Dreams
Author: Nicole Wolverton
Genre/Audience: Psychological fiction, adult
Publication: Bitingduck Press, 2012
Source: For review
Summary: Lela White is a sleep lab technician but she herself never sleeps. Instead, at night, she breaks into the homes of astronauts and observes their sleep patterns. She believes that by doing so, she is protecting the U.S. space shuttle program from any fatal accidents or explosions, after an admission from her mother years prior that she blew up the space shuttle. Lela, a quiet, strange, and reserved young woman is willing to do anything to prevent the space shuttles from exploding, even if it means she may have to kill in the future. She hasn’t yet, but is willing to kill any astronaut that doesn’t pass her sleep tests (but all for the greater good, of course). She even goes so far as to construct individualized assassination plans with her cat Nike, whom she has serious and deep conversations with, and keeps her secret sleep studies locked away in her room. While Lela slips further and further into insanity, the people around her are in greater and greater danger, including Zory, the astronaut she may or not be falling in love with.
My Thoughts: Damn, this Lela girl is CRAZY! Like… I don’t even think I can explain the level of craziness here. She is completely insane but has no idea. She has conversations with her cat, who serves as her personal adviser, as well as conversations with her dead father and dead friend. She believes her secret mission will save people, while in fact it only puts people in danger. She is prepared and willing to kill at any time, and believes that people are after her and trying to destroy her mission. The lines between her reality and imagination are so incredibly blurred that sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s real or not while reading… what fun! 🙂 I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed the crazy!
The scariest part of all of this was that Lela acted like a mostly normal person and really knew how to put on a front, even though she was batsh*t crazy. She even carried around a deadly “autoinjector” at all times, that she was ready and willing to use if and when she felt someone was standing in her way, or was putting the space shuttle in danger. While the story started off slowly, it just kept building up momentum until its final exploding ending that left me shocked and saying “what in the…?” If you’re a fan of psychological fiction, enjoy the crazies, and want to have your mind blown, I’d highly suggest you pick up The Trajectory of Dreams. You won’t be disappointed!
My Rating: 4/5