Dealing in Dreams is set in a future metropolis where gender roles have been reversed and men are not allowed power over anyone. The dream shared by most is to live in the towers where only the elite are allowed. There are two main ways to get acceptance into the towers. One is to have a strong presence in the arts community and be noticed by the leader, Deesse. The other way is the most common; it involves getting noticed by Deesse for being in a gang. Young girls are forced into training camps where they are taught to fight. From there the girls join or create a street gang. These gangs fight in officially held events against other gangs. The girls must move up the ranks until they are noticed by Deesse and can be drafted into the military to protect the city from the unorganized mix of gangs and groups on the outside of the city.
This book is well-written and amazing to read. One of my favorite things about this book is how it brings the idea that there are multiple angles to one opinion and things are not always what they seem. This idea is presented throughout the story because everyone has a general opinion on each person, but only a select group of people have true interactions with that individual. The truth may be hidden and not perceived by all in the same fashion. These ideas are rare in books for teen audiences, and this book does that with what seems like a person's real recollections. This happens because of the immersive quality of the details.