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John Hulme and Michael Wexler. The Seems: The Glitch in Sleep
Bloomsbury  $19.95  ISBN 978-1-59990-129-9  277 pg.  
Reviewed by Lindsey, Age 13

When Becker Drane is 9-years-old he randomly fills out an application at a coffee shop for the mysterious, "Best Job In the World". When he gets a reply back from an organization called, The Seems, Becker has no idea what he is getting into when he agrees to go to an orientation meeting. What transpires is a discovery into a whole different world where everyone works hard to make sure our world runs smoothly. Whose job is it to make sure it rains? Who packages a special sleep for every human in the world? Who paints sunsets, or flowers or rainbows? The Seems. They do everything that our world considers simply science but when a Glitch in the Department of Sleep threatens to break the Chains of Events planned for the day and thrust everything into chaos, Becker's first job as a Fixer may prove to be too much, or can he save the day before Dawn arrives to turn Today into Tomorrow?

I simply must give a virtual high-five to Mr. Hulme and Mr. Wexler for creating an ingenious tale that is free of clichés, has-beens and already-been-done-befores. This is a story of wit, action and the world that the book draws you into is exquisite and just...awesome! I thought this book was like, an 11 on a scale of 1-10. Yeah, it's THAT good. The story can be a bit boring or un-interesting at some parts but the sheer originality and ‘new-ness’ of everything kept my interest enough to get me through to the good parts. Everything about this book just screams, "READ ME!" The cover piques your interest, the first chapter keeps you guessing and the action just keeps coming. Some of the things that the authors have managed to come up with are just little gems sprinkled throughout the entire treasure that is this novel, such as the Bed Bugs, the Chains of Events we are treated to, and of course, the Glitch itself.

This reviewer rates The Seems: The Glitch In Sleep five stars. High praise to Mr. Hulme and Mr. Wexler. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel.


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