I Dreamt of Trees

I Dreamt of Trees

by Gilles DeCruyenaere


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Jason Crawford has dedicated his life to fighting the mysterious alien race which threatens the massive city-ship he calls home. A few days before his first mission, however, Jason discovers a terrible secret which could mean an end to his way of life forever. Fearing government reprisal for this new-found knowledge, Jason takes refuge in the Rim, a walled-off section of the ship where citizens are left to fend for themselves while the government ruthlessly plunders its resources.

While there, Jason forms an uneasy alliance with fellow exile Greg. Though they share the same goal of exposing the government's terrible secret, their relationship is strained; Jason is selfish, profane and morally ambiguous, while Greg is generous, kind and liberal-minded.

Will Jason and Greg manage to achieve their goals despite their ideological differences? Will Jason ever escape the Rim, and if so, can he hope to regain anything even resembling the life of entitlement to which he was accustomed?

"I Dreamt of Trees" is a story of struggle and survival in a dystopian society built on fear and greed. Though you may be tempted to judge the characters, be certain of one thing: On the USS McAdam, no one is quite as good, nor quite as bad as they seem.

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Please note: this book is intended for an adult audience, and contains language and themes which may be considered offensive by some.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780993980404
Publisher: Gilles DeCruyenaere
Publication date: 01/23/2015
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Gilles DeCruyenaere lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with his wife Joanne and their fur-baby Yogi. A graduate of the Digital Media Design program at Red River College, Gilles recently served as film editor for the feature-length animated film "Emma's Wings: A Bella Sara Tale".

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I Dreamt of Trees 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite I Dreamt of Trees is a science fiction novel by Gilles DeCruyenaere, which focuses on Jason Crawford, a man whose purpose in life is to seek out the domineering alien race that poses a threat to his way of life. Like many other humans, Jason resides on a 28th-century city-ship where life is far from the Earth we know, but the pressures of government and their conspiracy theories are as pertinent as ever. When Jason stumbles upon a dangerous secret, he hides himself away in exile in the Rim: a wild, unmanaged section of the ship. Here he meets Greg, his polar opposite in personality, and they share their common goal of trying to survive amidst the dystopia all around them. Jason Crawford was a thoroughly unlikable character from his first appearance in the book and, though author Gilles DeCruyenaere makes some clever character developments in his comparison of Jason and the seemingly sweet Greg, I still found it very hard to connect with Jason as the hero of this tale. The action of the story is well described with a great deal of macho foul language and elements such as smoking and drinking, which I think will make the book appeal hugely to fans of the action genre. Die Hard and Robocop came to my mind particularly whilst I was reading. The inclusion of the alien race in the story and its futuristic elements were very well conceived too, making I Dreamt of Trees a rip-roaring, hedonistic adventure novel.