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.
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Driven to distraction by her computer, Adara writes all of her stories longhand. Pen and paper are two of her favorite things. Visit her online at www.adaraquick.com.
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We are proud to announce that THE DREAM PROTOCOL by Adara Quick is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
This book offers intriguing twists on the usual dystopic YA novel, with its economy based on the creation, sale, and control of dreams. I particularly liked the use of dreams as work incentives, and nightmares as punishment, plus the addictive nature of dreams to the point that people cannot sleep normally. However, the work is marred by heavy-handed exposition, telling repeatedly instead of showing, the lack of world-building beyond the dream economy, and simplistic characters. I do not believe this novel would have been publishable by any major house, as it certainly has not been professionally edited. I hope that with more attention to craft, the writer will become better able to justice to her ideas.
"The Dream Protocol" tells the story of Deirdre, who lives in a town controlled by the Ministry, a company called IDream, which sells dreams to people. They punish people with nightmares. At 35 or a sign of illness, people are sent away through a tube to a land called Tir na nOg. The book begins with Dee's mother's friends Maeve getting sent away and giving Dee a message before she does. The brunt of the book describes Dee's friend and love interest, Flynn, who is ill and caught during the book. The beginning of the book is confusing. This is an interesting and engaging world, which develops throughout the book. It would be helpful to the reader to have more context earlier in the story. It's hard to follow and understand at first. It's also unclear why Dee is so against the only world she has known. Even before meeting Flynn at 13, she was defiant... just because her parents work for the system maybe? But her life is better than most because of this, so it's unclear. I found this to be the biggest mystery. It would have made more sense to me if there was a clear event to cause her disillusionment with this seemingly nice world (for her). Despite this, it is an engaging and fascinating world with all the hallmarks of YA dystopian fiction- romance, world with severe rules and punishments, assignments to groups (the selection at 16), etc. As such, it holds a lot of potential, and it's very creative. I feel like it was too short to achieve all of its possibilities. It would have been nice to have more build up of the world, Dee, and her relationship with Flynn. You get the impression that they have a detailed past, but more glimpses into it would have deepened the romance for the reader; as is, it feels a little too superficial. A longer story would have been helpful and heightened the engagement of the reader into this world and Dee's life. Please note that I received this book through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
The Dream Protocol is such a hard book to review. On one hand the writing was all over the place, I couldn’t really place the pov half the time so it was hard to follow at times. There were a few errors as well in the text itself but there is so much potential in this book. It’s been awhile since I read a dystopian and was excited to dive into this one. And once I did, it was definitely one that I couldn’t put down. I thought the story was intriguing and the characters relatable. It was really interesting to see multiple relationship dynamics, we have the main character and her parents, the main character and her friendships, and then her relationship with the authoritative figures in her society. In dystopians, parent relationships don’t usually play a big role, sometimes they aren’t even involved; but in The Dream Protocol, you definitely see more of the relationship and I really liked that aspect. I think it brought a little more growth to the main character. I really didn’t know where this was headed, sure I had quite a few ideas floating around (considering I’ve read my fair share of dystopians) but I was actually surprised but how this played out. Of course, by the end of the book I wasn’t ready for it to end. It’s always the ending for me. The ending seals the deal on how I feel about the book, and this one did not disappoint. So despite all the issues I had with the book, I would definitely pick up the next book.
Adara Flynn Quick, author of The Dream Protocol: Decent (Book 1), has created another futuristic distopian world. Deirdre Callaghan, the main character, is headstrong and passionate about righting what is wrong in her world. She lives in Skellig City where everyone on their 35th birthday is sent away - supposedly to find life forever in Tír na nÓg... a city where everyone at 16 undergoes a secret test to determine how they will serve the city and where some people after their test are turned into mindless drones who enforce the order of the Ministry which runs Skellig City. In Skellig City, dreams are sold and no one sleeps without them, maintaining the Ministry's control over the city. The Ministry's power seems absolute, and nightmares are the most frequently dolled out punishment. So what happens?? I don't want to give too much away. Deirdre's best friend has a mysterious disease which makes him an enemy of the Ministry. Deirdre's mother, who works as an honored dreammaker, has programmed a dream sequence that supposedly holds answers - answers to what we will have to wait to see. Deirdre find that all is not as it seems with those who are sent away. As the book ends without answers to many questions, we'll have to wait to see what Deirdre's life hold in book 2, Selection. In my opinion, The Dream Protocol: Decent is another distopian novel which doesn't have much to set it apart from others of it's genre. However, the author has created a world that is unique with characters that you are rooting for by the end of the book. I love stories in general so I wanted to finish and see what would happen to Deirdre, Flynn, and the others. I cringed as Deirdre continues head first into trouble and I'm sure that she doesn't get any more discrete/tactful in the next novel, but she is passionate and hopefully lucky. Perhaps the next book in the series will tell.