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Review by Leigh Holland.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I read a news article in which employees allowed themselves to be microchipped by their employer. The employees volunteered and spoke of its advantages, such as not having to replace lost or worn badges, not having to keep track of a badge, and not having to turn one in after no longer employed as it could simply be deactivated. The article also represented opposition to the concept as being born from a sort of religious hysteria, while reinforcing how innocent the wrist chips were. How we should trust them not to do anything dangerous. A friend asked me if I’d ever allow a chip to be inserted in my body. My response was “Over my dead body.” And no, it has nothing to do with religious reasons. It’s a carefully developed distrust of powerful people and organizations seeking even more tools for power. That includes corporations, governments, etc. They may be benignly trying to make our lives easier, but given how rarely that proves to be true, why risk it?
Dawn of the Dreamer shows precisely why no free thinking person should support such an idea. It’s 2023 and the MMC (MultiMind Corporation) has implanted the wristochip in human beings. It regulates sleep and during sleep, makes the person smarter, sharper, better. Touting itself as the next step in human evolution, the rare segment of the population who are immune to the writochip are called the dreamers. They are social pariahs, inferior to the rest of them. Their friends and families turn them into MMC, who imprisons them in the name of ‘curing’ the dreamers. We follow Amelia, a dreamer, as she navigates a world in which she must hide her immunity to the wristochip. Her status affects her self-esteem, which in turn affects her relationships. She believes she’s inferior and behaves as such, playing the subordinate to her best friend, Sarah. Two men are romantically interested in Amelia: Cameron, her nurse at the sleep center, and Joe, a man Sarah dated. When Sarah discovers Joe likes Amelia, Sarah turns Amelia in for believing something may be wrong with what MMC is doing with the wristochips. No more outpatient treatments for Amelia- she’s kidnapped and placed in a research wing to be used as a guinea pig in MMC’s attempts to “cure” all remaining dreamers. As the stakes are raised, Amelia and other dreamers find their very existence at risk.
My favorite character was Cameron. He remained devoted, both to Amelia and the cause of freedom, throughout. He was a rock for Amelia in troubled times. I wished we would’ve learned more about the four primary and supporting characters in this installment of the trilogy, but their characters may be explored further in future books.
The creepiest thing about the article I read a little while ago was the statement that it would be another fifty years before humanity would willingly accept the “wristochip” and “Wristcuff”, because currently there is too much opposition, but that opposition will disappear by then. That’s from real life, not a science fiction novel. Dawn of the Dreamer comes at the right time to remind us why we need to remain opposed to attempts to implant devices within our very bodies, and why we need to continue to teach our children to resist all such efforts. They may tell us they’d never use them for tracking, spying, control, or remote assassination. But how do you really know until it’s too late? Why risk it? I’d rather risk inconvenience from losing my badge.
I enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to sci-fi audiences.
First person POV is always a little weird for me to read, but Higgins does a good job with it. The book could use some TLC in regards to editing, but I have to give this book extra credit for making me cry, not once, but twice. The more I read, the more involved I became with the characters and some emotional twists made them much more believable.
The MC Amelia basically is a dreamer, which goes against the norm from the creation of Wristcuffs. Dreamers are looked down upon in society, and they are study subjects at the MMC, the creators of the Wristcuffs.
Amelia soon learns the dreams are actual warnings. And I'll stop there with the summary because I don't want to spoil the plot.
I believe this is a great start to the series. There were some areas where the pacing slowed and pulled me out of the story, but the actual story plot outshined those lull periods.
I definitely recommend this book. It's a great debut novel, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Amelia is a dreamer- one of the lucky few who can't be controlled by a corporation and gets to experience her own dreams. Only, society does not see her as lucky, but as damaged, something to be fixed. She too believes something is wrong with her until she meets people that convince her that's not true. How do you save a world full of people that are completely under the control of the very thing you are trying to fight?
I love love love the premise of this book. It's so immaginative that I don't think the author could go wrong. And they didn't. The writing is good and the characters are so well developed that you can't help but root for them. Amelia gives you the impression that she can do anything she attempts. That's a special character.
I wasn't a huge fan of the dreams themselves, in this story. More often than not, I found myself skimming those paragraphs. Luckily, those were a small part of the book so they didn't really hinder me to much in my desire to keep reading and reading until I was done.
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