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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 theDream 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.
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Somewhere between 3.5 – 4 stars for me. Still trying to decide but I did really enjoy this book and managed to fly through it.
The Dream Protocol is a very short book of about 150ish pages so if you are unsure about picking this up, do yourself a favour and just commit.
This is an incredibly eerie read that keeps you coming back for more. I was pretty hooked on this from the get go. The premise is so intriguing and I’m happy to say that Adara Quick’s stellar writing keeps you hanging on for more.
The characters in this are really well developed and I thought the world building was just strange enough to be brilliant. The story was fast paced and once I stopped being lost (just me?), the story became fast paced and exciting. The little quirks the author developed to pad out the Dream Protocol and the Ministry added a level of depth that I really appreciated as a reader. I particularly liked the idea that someone could buy and sell dreams because that is simultaneously very cool and very creepy; I feel sorry for anyone that tries to buy my nightmares featuring the lovely Tim Curry as IT – at 27, that clown still gets me.
I really liked the dynamic between Deidre and Flynn, the two main characters. Deidre is a fierce little thing who tries to live by her own rules despite the society she has been bought up in. While Deidre is a great protagonist, I thought Flynn was one of the more interesting characters in this book. Suffering from a disease and harbouring secrets of his own, Flynn quickly became someone I was rooting for.
This comes to a head with a pretty interesting cliffhanger that will definitely have me coming back for more.
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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.