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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Fever Dreams and the End of All Things is a fantasy novel for young adults written by A.J. Massey. Middle school seemed so anticlimactic after Meridia. Ben would have dismissed his adventures there as nothing more than a dream had it not been for the fact that his friends Marcus and Avery had also played important roles in saving that planet from the Creator’s plans to destroy it. They could not all have been dreaming. Would they ever be able to return to Meridia? Meanwhile, their final year as middle school students was drawing to a close, and next year they would be in high school, where Ben could reinvent himself and anything could happen. For now, he would struggle to control the tickle taking hold of his throat while Mr. Perkins plodded grimly through his history lecture. Perkins had problems with students leaving for the bathroom in the middle of class, but the flu or cold that had Ben in its grip overrode his reluctance to ask Perkins for permission. After class, Marcus suggested Ben go to the nurse’s office, but Ben wouldn’t be able to go to the dance that night if his illness were acknowledged. He was taking Avery and planning on somehow telling her how he felt about her. He also had to learn how to dance, something Marcus promised to help him with. He could do this. Heck, he'd helped save a planet and every creature living on it.
A.J. Massey’s epic fantasy novel, Fever Dreams and the End of All Things, continues his brilliant coming-of-age saga featuring three middle school kids whose lives were changed forever when they found themselves on Meridia, an alien planet in danger of destruction. Along the way, Massey tackles body positivity, self-esteem, and the social awkwardness many young people feel around school, popularity, and dating. The author weaves an intricate and powerful tale that delves deep into philosophical realms as Meridia is once more endangered, this time by the Ghastly Three, and the three friends find themselves on separate quests in their efforts to save it once again. Settle into a comfortable reading chair, relish the author’s role as Dungeon Master and storyteller, and get involved in an intense and compelling adventure/fantasy tale. I had a grand time reading Fever Dreams. It’s most highly recommended.