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The Dream Protocol Rescue Mission

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The Dream Protocol

3.5 Stars rounded down to 3 Stars due to the shortened, abrupt story. I was going to round up to 4 stars but everything was told to us, there was almost no showing us! And such an intriguing world too!

Deirdre and Flynn are two friends hiding a secret while trying to navigate their life in Skellig City, where dreams are produced by dream makers for the profit of the ministry who controls the city. When Flynn’s secret is finally discovered, Deirdre is determined to free him from the Ministry’s grasp. But in the course of saving him she uncovers a bigger secret, one the ministry will kill to hide.

I like me some dystopian world. Skellig City made sense to me in a way while also being totally nonsensical at the same time. I can see an evil corporation coming in and setting up a situation to produce the dreams that sell so well to the public. But why the whole mythology about the ruined and killing people at age 35? This just seemed like a rip off of Logan’s Run (a scifi classic). Now this aspect could very well play out over the course of the rest of the books in the series but for this book it was a distracting premise that didn’t jive with the dream creation idea. I just don’t get killing a person who you’ve have trained to make such cool, realistic dreams!! It doesn’t matter how old they get if they have the right talent and training together… I did like the whole idea of the selection coming up where you have to pick what job you’ll do in the city. This is a very utilized idea but it doesn’t really get old. As well as the multi-levels of the city and the need to dream in order to sleep. Also the need of credits in order to dream so you can rest.

None of the dream elements really were utilized in the course of the plot. This was terribly disappointing to me. I like the dream Deirdre’s mom made and would like to understand it’s importance but its not even touched on in this book. I came to care less about Roenin and pretty much put him out of my mind as the rescue plot hijacked the story. The dream drones were cool and using nightmares to subdue the people were nice touches. Even government rulers must have minions. The rescue of Flynn was rather convenient and all but we had some fun scenes to make it happen. I liked the little twist of Deirdre learning what the descent was really about in the course of the rescue mission.

The writing was a bit of a struggle to get through. The whole history of the dream corp was confusing, dry and the best bit of showing in the whole book! If only the main story was written with the same technique! The problem with so much telling is it leaves the world feeling contrived even when the semantics of the world are compelling. It seems to have been a deliberate choice too as the writing of the actual scenes is well done even if the plotting and pacing also felt disjointed. The story went so fast!! I think the actual string of events that make up the story was very thin yet each step (individual scene) felt well thought out. Really the writing makes the book a real dichotomy…

I really liked Flynn. Flynn came across really well on the page. Deirdre was the new classic modern heroine who rebels, rebels, rebels under a repressive society, yada, yada, yada. I didn’t hate her but I’ve read her a thousand times and she wasn’t compelling in the least. I’d have liked to see several POV characters in different aspects of the dream sectors that we can follow and explore the world. The outcome of the plot is predisposed, of course, and the twists are obvious as they follow previous scifi patterns used in other books. What the story has going for it is the cool dream society that was created. Give us a drone’s POV, a newbie dream maker, a maintenance worker who explores and finds the odd machine in the basement, a reluctant Matcher. Now that would make a really cool story…

BOTTOM LINE: Great concept + heavy execution = a So, So Dream World

Thanks to Netgalley and Adara Quick for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.


3 thoughts on “The Dream Protocol Rescue Mission”

  1. So I just finished this story and also found it pretty odd. The biggest oddity of them all is the fact that although this is supposedly going to be a series continued in winter 2016 (I’m assuming your NG copy said the same about “Selection”…), yet there is little to no information on this save for a cover. Do you think that this is one of those stories that was picked up but was later dropped from the publisher? It’s just so weird to me.

    1. I believe that the author is trying to drum up positive reviews so she can get her second book published. If you go to The Dream Protocol on the author will probably (she asked me) if she can follow you. You may be able to learn more from her if you approach her there. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

      Did you think it was pretty good odd or totally stinky odd?

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