The Dream Protocol: Descent
Adara Flynn Quick
Publication date: April 20th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T GET OLD. In fiery young Deirdre Callaghan’s home of Skellig City, no one has dreamt their own dream in over a thousand years. Dreams are produced by the Dream Makers and sold by the Ministry, the tyrannical rulers of the city. In Skellig City, years of life are awarded equally and the ruined are cast away beneath the city on their 35th birthday.
Unbeknownst to the Ministry, Deirdre’s handsome friend Flynn Brennan is afflicted with a terrible disease – a disease that accelerates the aging process. Knowing his fate if the Ministry should ever discover his illness, Flynn has lived his whole life hiding from their watchful eyes. When Flynn’s secret is finally discovered, Deirdre is determined to free him from the Ministry’s grasp. But to save him, she will have to reveal herself to a shadowy enemy…one that none of them even knew existed.
I hereby admit that I struggled with this book. I kept putting it down while trying to figure out what I’d just read, but once I finished the last 3rd of it, I started to see the bigger picture. And I liked it. Though I do think some polishing and selective enhancements could greatly improve this piece, with it being the first in a series I’m certainly seeing the potential for this to get to must-read level. I’m hoping in future installments some of the bigger questions will be answered and we’ll see some character expansion to give us more depth. There’s a lot of wonderful imagery and some of the dream sequences put a huge smile on my face as they are commonly known dream archetypes and yet still so gorgeous to behold. Vascillating between dark and hopeful, this tale will keep you guessing and have you asking what it would take for you to stand up and say “I’m not okay with this.”
3.5 stars and my thanks to the author and tour host for the review opportunity!
Irish-American author, Adara Flynn Quick, is the writer of The Dream Protocol series. Early in her career, Adara was fascinated by dreams, the unconscious, and the healing stories of many cultures. As a contemporary author, she writes young adult literature that brings ancient myths and legends into futuristic worlds. She is an accomplished visual artist and uses her background as a psychotherapist to inspire the finest and darkest moments of her characters.
Driven to distraction by her computer, Adara writes all of her stories longhand. Pen and paper are two of her favorite things. The author tortures her husband with a passion for downtempo electronica and too many pillows. She is a firm beleiver that there are never enough pillows.