The Seems: The Glitch in Sleep
by John Hulme & Michael Wexler
Cover Artist: Gideon Kendall
Review by Paul Haggerty
Bloomsbury Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781599901299
Date: 18 September 2007 List Price $16.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Twelve year old Becker Drane has the best job in the world, or perhaps we should say The World. Becker is a Fixer, one of the elite people chosen to work in The Seems, the world behind the world. The place where dreams are made, literally, and then dispatched to sleeping people everywhere. The World only exists because the people of The Seems made it so, all according the The Plan, the original blueprint to which everything must conform. Normally everything goes well and the rain stays mainly in the plains. But sometimes things go wrong, and that's where the Fixers come in. But while sometimes a glitch is just a glitch, sometimes it's sabotage. Because there are people who don't like way The Plan is going, people who want to tear it all down and start again; with themselves in charge, of course. So when insomnia suddenly strikes everyone on Earth, it's a serious matter indeed. Thus newly minted Fixer Drane (37th on the roster) is called in to save the world from The Glitch in Sleep. From official release/information:
Book Description: Twelve-year-old Becker Drane has definitely got the coolest job of any seventh grader in Highland Park, New Jersey. He works as a Fixer for The Seems. From the Department of Weather to the Department of Sleep, The Seems is a secret organization that makes sure our world keeps running—and more importantly, sticks to The Plan that's been made for it. But The Plan, and The Seems for that matter, would be nothing without the people in it, and that's where Becker Drane comes in. When a Glitch is reported in the Department of Sleep, Becker is dispatched to Fix it, but he's not so sure this is a routine mission. Could the Bed Bugs, who are behind our Worst Nightmares, be responsible for the problems? Or maybe it's The Tide, an underground organization bent on destroying The Seems? No matter what, Becker's in for quite an adventure, and it'll take all his training, a little luck, and the coolest Tools™ known in (or out of) the Seems to Fix the problem.