In 2153, cancer was cured. In 2189, AIDS. And in 2235, the last members of the human race traveled to a far distant planet called Pearl to begin the next chapter of humanity. Several hundred years after their arrival, the remainder of humanity lives in a utopian colony in which every want is satisfied automatically, and there is no need for human labor, struggle or thought. But when the machines that regulate the colony begin to malfunction, the colonists are faced with a test for the first time in their existence. With the lives of the colonists at stake, it is left to a young man named Samuel to repair these breakdowns and save the colony. Aided by his friend Penny, Samuel rises to meet each challenge. But he soon discovers a mysterious group of people behind each of these problems, and he must somehow find and defeat these saboteurs in order to rescue his colony.
|Publisher:||Scribe Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)|
About the Author
Greg Hickey was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1985 and raised in Winnetka. After graduating from Pomona College in 2008, he played and coached baseball in Sweden and South Africa. He is now a forensic scientist, endurance athlete and award-winning writer. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Lindsay. Read more about Greg at www.greghickeywrites.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of this book! This was a fast read, but it was really engaging. When he sent it to me, Greg compared it to The Giver. I was skeptical of that statement, but it was actually a pretty good comparison, at least in style and subject matter. Our Dried Voices is the story of Samuel, who is a colonist on a distant planet. In this future, people are almost brain dead; they literally spend their days lounging around in fields and eating when food is given to them. It rains on Mondays, and only on Mondays. They speak mechanically and don’t understand (or sometimes even notice) discrepancies in their environment. One day, Samuel notices that things are starting to go wrong, one by one. The sleeping halls are locked, the meal halls stop giving out food, the bridges become broken, etc. And one by one, he starts to wake up and use his mind to solve the problems. But they keep coming. As the book goes on, he has to figure out who’s doing these things and how to stop them, for the good of his fellow colonists (who cannot help themselves). I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The writing is very matter-of-fact, with very little dialogue, but that makes it really engaging. What’s going on here? Who’s doing these things? When will Samuel understand these things that people have long forgotten? It’s like reading about a child learning how to navigate the world, but with higher stakes. I didn’t read this in a single day, but I could have. And it made me think. Give this one a chance.
My Thoughts: This is a very unique book, which had me hooked from the beginning. From the first page, we learn that all our worst diseases have been cured, humans have moved on to a new planet and a utopia created. They want for nothing, fear nothing and are living the life of luxury. They've lived this way so long that they have begun to literally not want for anything. Each day they queue for meals when a bell tolls to tell them. They have lost their free will, their ability to see things for what they truly are. That is until the machines that run their world start to malfunction. We watch as their lives fall apart. They don't know what to do. Their daily rituals are no longer being rung out for them yo abide by. With only one mechanic to fix the issues, their way of life depends on him finding out why their machines continue to malfunction. Then the mechanic opens his eyes. He starts to see what is really going on. The problem may be so much bigger than expected. Will he be able to save them, or is this the beginning of the end? I loved the world that Hickey has created. He gave it so much detail - telling us about their way of life, the machines, the people's mindsets and the little details that we need to feel as though we are a part of their world. I love the description and way her told us about the moment when our mechanic's eyes finally opened. The way his world opened up and changed around him. Everything was the same, yet it was still new and fresh and frightening. The characters were brilliant. Those who took the main stage really gave the book a lot of excitement, depth and emotion. Each character had their own personality, really bringing the world to life. Overall, this was an excellent dystopian read. I loved the new and exciting read that we were given. Hickey has taken a typical dystopian read, and given us something completely new. The book was enthralling from beginning to end. I loved that the ending answered some, but not all, of the questions, leaving a bit open to your own interpretation (I love when books and films do this) and it leaves it open for another book to follow. I so hope there will be more! I highly highly recommend this to all dystopian and sci-fi lovers.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. While the premise of the book is a good one, I felt that it was not properly developed. It is hard to believe that with all the scientific/medical progress described in the first chapter, whether it is eradicating cancer or Parkinson's disease, that a civilization capable of those breakthroughs would end up on another planet behaving basically like sheep. As a few people develop enough curiosity to question how their new world works, they break away from the colony in search of something else. But the ending left me feeling disappointed...
This is a unique and wonderful story about the far future. Of earth people on a far planet where eventually everything is provided for them and they have no need to manually bring in food or even do much thinking about their survival. There is a deep lethargy that the people feel they have no need to come out of, no need for any individual thought or individual actions. They don't even communicate with each other all that much, hence the title Our Dried Voices. The protagonist is well developed, but the story is basically plot driven. There isn't much dialogue, its mostly the protagonist's internal monologue explaining things. The writing style is unique and for me quite memorable and thought provoking. It is also plausible and realistic. I can visualize these things in my mind like a movie before me. I received this from the author for an honest review. No compensation involved. I highly recommend this to any and all. OUTSTANDING!