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Posted October 28, 2011
This book is definitely intriguing...that's probably the best word for it. Intriguing and thought-provoking. The meat of the book concerns remote viewing and the link between the main character's subconscious and reality. Yeah, that's deep stuff. It forces you to think, and I love books like that.
I'm also a big fan of books concerning dystopian societies, and Dreams Unleashed definitely falls within that category. But it's interesting because it's not way into the future like most dystopian books are. The present day of this book is 2015, and the government is right at the beginning of a downhill slope into a freedomless society. The author mentions real events happening today and uses those as the beginnings of a dystopia, so it hits close to home; this isn't so far-fetched.
But probably what this author does best is character development. You REALLY get to know every facet of the main character. And there are A LOT of facets. She's about 45 years old and has done a lot of different things in her lifetime so far. She's already a widow (that is of course a rather sad part in the book), she was in the Air Force, she worked for the CIA, she's lived on both U.S. coasts, she is apart of an underground freedom-fighting society, she works for an up-and-coming alternative energy company, and she's a bit of a hippie. Like I said...lots of facets. You also get to know the people she works with, her friends, her family, and her love interest. This story is definitely not lacking in interesting characters.
This is the first book in a trilogy, so the author gives plenty of back story in order to sufficiently introduce us to the characters. I've encountered that plenty of times before, when reading Terry Brooks. Most of his stuff is organized into trilogies, and I've found that the first book always introduces the characters and shows them preparing for the journey, the second book introduces all of the crazy problems and chaos, and then the third book is non-stop action and of course resolves all the problems. I have a feeling that this author will work like that also. This book does end with a pretty crazy cliff-hanger, and I can't wait to see where the second book picks up!
Posted September 29, 2011
I received this book from the author and read it on my PC. I had never done that before and I was a little worried about losing my place when my mouse took off on its own, but it was okay. For the first third of the book, I had to really concentrate to keep straight whether I was in the present, past or a dream. Eventually I got all the threads on the right needles and then the book started to get exciting. The action just kept accelerating right up to the end! Or, should I say "up to the end of this book" because it's part of a trilogy and definitely leads you right in to the next in the series. The concept of putting yourself in another place through a dream was wild, but believable for me. I started clicking through all sorts of possibilities in my head as I was reading. I also liked that the author included current happenings, as close as a couple of months ago, to add to the perception of reality. Tagging people through their driver's license was disturbing, but it gave me something to think about. As I have said before in my reviews, I like time travel. This was a different kind of time travel because you aren't stuck in one place -- unless that happens further on in the series -- but the reader feels that Ann was really in those other places for a time. It was a very interesting book based on a great concept with current events and I can't wait for the next volume to see what happens!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2011
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