Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera #bookreview #YA #dystopian

Title: Dealing in Dreams

Author: Lilliam Rivera

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: March 5, 2019

Page Count: 336

My rating:   3 stars

About the book:

The Outsiders meets Mad Max: Fury Road in this fast-paced dystopian novel about sisterhood and the cruel choices people are forced to make in order to survive.

At night, Las Mal Criadas own these streets.

Sixteen-year-old Nalah leads the fiercest all-girl crew in Mega City. That role brings with it violent throw downs and access to the hottest boydega clubs, but Nala quickly grows weary of her questionable lifestyle. Her dream is to get off the streets and make a home in the exclusive Mega Towers, in which only a chosen few get to live. To make it to the Mega Towers, Nalah must prove her loyalty to the city’s benevolent founder and cross the border in a search of the mysterious gang the Ashé Riders. Led by a reluctant guide, Nalah battles crews and her own doubts but the closer she gets to her goal the more she loses sight of everything—and everyone—she cares about.

Nalah must choose whether or not she’s willing to do the unspeakable to get what she wants. Can she discover that home is not where you live but whom you chose to protect before she loses the family she’s created for good?


Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera is a young adult dystopian in which women are controlling the world. Mega City where the main character, Nalah, lives is controlled by a  female ruler who sends out teams of five girls each to control the streets.

Nalah is the leader of the strongest of these female fighter groups, the LMCs but her dream has always been  to earn her way into the exclusive Mega Towers where only a chosen few live. When given a mission to leave the city Nalah sees this as the chance she and her crew need to prove themselves worthy of the  towers.

Dealing in Dreams wasn’t a bad dystopian read overall but I also didn’t fall completely in love with this one as my rating shows. The  thing is this whole book felt more like world building for  something bigger to come but from all I can tell this is a standalone so needless to say I was left wanting more. Really in over 300 pages there isn’t much that happens giving it a slow pace and then ends just when other books would be heading into the action which is a shame since it was a creative world.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning writer and author of the young adult novels DEALING IN DREAMS, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster on March 5, 2019, and THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ, available now in bookstores everywhere. THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ was nominated for a 2019 Rhode Island Teen Book Award, a 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adult Fiction by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), and has been featured on NPR, New York Times Book Review, New York magazine,, and Teen Vogue, among others. Lilliam lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Lenny Letter, Tin House, and Los Angeles Times, among others. Lilliam lives in Los Angeles.


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