This is book number 3 in the The Bright Sessions series.
Some Faraway Place, the third Bright Sessions novel from creator Lauren Shippen, features Rose, who has her humdrum life flipped upside down when she starts to travel into dreams.
Rose Atkinson’s mother can see the future. Her father can move things he doesn't touch. Her brother Aaron can read minds. And Rose, well, she makes a mean spaghetti bolognese.
Everyone else in her family is Atypical, which means they manifested an ability that defies the limits of the human experience. At nineteen, well past the average age of manifestation, Rose is stuck defending her decision not to go to college and instead working in the kitchen of a local restaurant, hoping to gain the experience she needs to become a chef.
When a rollerblading accident sends her to the hospital, she meets a girl she can't forget and she starts to feel like maybe her life isn't quite so small. But when she starts falling asleep mid-conversation, she thinks, then again maybe I’m doomed to never have good things.
Rose should be happy to learn that she’s Atypical after all—that diving into dreams makes her a part of her family in the way she always wanted. But the more time she spends in the dreamworld, the more complicated her ability becomes. Trying to balance her work, her power, and a girlfriend who doesn’t know about Atypicals, Rose seeks help. But she soon discovers that being Atypical comes with dangers she never could have imagined. Even her carefully constructed dreamworld isn’t safe.
This is the story of Atypical Rose, who discovers that your dreams coming true isn’t always a good thing.
Praise for the Bright Sessions Universe
“A gripping character drama with blockbuster-worthy plot twists.” —The New York Times on The Bright Sessions podcast
“The Infinite Noise is a marvelous book about love, mental health, and connection. Lauren Shippen writes with a clean and honest warmth that is deeply refreshing, and her sharp representation of depression and anxiety rings true.” —Sarah Gailey, Hugo Award-winning author of When We Were Magic
“A queer love story for anyone who’s ever felt like an outsider. A thoughtful and tender exploration of mental health, it will make you want to go to therapy, whether you have superpowers or not.” ?Britta Lundin, Riverdale screenwriter and author of Ship It on The Infinite Noise
“A deliciously dark, genre-bending look at the thrill and danger of intoxicating power. Shippen creates a world—and a family—that you'd do just about anything to be a part of.” —Charlotte Nicole Davis, author of The Good Luck Girls, on A Neon Darkness
“Shippen combines an exciting plot with diverse characters...This may be the best Bright Sessions content yet as well as an excellent starting point for those unfamiliar with this world. A creative and compelling read.” —Kirkus Reviews on A Neon Darkness
“A rich cast of secondary characters and gripping plot twists keep readers interested until the last page. Damien’s use of control to gain human connection and its moral implications will make readers question how far are they willing to go to get everything they desire. The story will leave readers thinking long after the last page is read.” —School Library Journal on A Neon Darkness
“A refreshing look at the superhero genre.” —The Advocate on The Infinite Noise
“[For fans of] Becky Albertalli's Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Rainbow Rowell's work, and Welcome to Night Vale.” —School Library Journal on The Infinite Noise
“A warm, satisfying love story with depth.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Infinite Noise
“Shades of The X-Files and the HBO psychotherapy drama In Treatment, plus the youthful characters of a WB drama like Roswell or Smallville.” —Vox on The Bright Sessions podcast
“Part Professor X, part Sigmund Freud, Dr. Bright has a specialty: treating 'the strange and unusual....' Binge away an afternoon on Dr. Bright’s couch.” —WIRED on The Bright Sessions podcast