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The vast majority of the book is set in a shared dream. This is inventive, but it has the serious problem that there can't be any stakes for the characters. If the characters die in this dream, they just wake up. There can't be any real peril for the characters if they're just going to wake up. This really hurts the drama and the motivation of the characters.
The main threat of the book is a Nightmare King - a creature that (it is said) can influence people to do naughty things upon waking. The thing is, we never *see* this happen, so we don't know if the characters are just making stuff up.
These two points mean that it's really hard to care about anything that happens in the book. Maybe if the characterisation was rock solid this could be made up for. The characterisation is fine but nothing particularly special.
The reader is pretty good.