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A Door Never Dreamed Of Paperback – August 19, 2015
About the Author
J Edward Neill is the author of the dark fiction Tyrants of the Dead series, the co-author of Hollow Empire, a six-part medieval opera, and the creator of the Coffee Table Philosophy series, spanning six books and 444 party-ready philosophy questions. He's also published multiple short stories for Kindles galaxy-wide. Catch up with J via his websites: TesseraGuild.com and DowntheDarkPath.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
The reader is treated to a high-tech war between these society, told from the alternating views of two soldiers on opposite sides as they use weapons and technology that manipulate gravity and time.
A fun adventure with big ideas and characters you’ll love, and if I deduced the twist before the end, the climax was an unexpected and poignant choice, leaving room for continuations.
Incredible plot, executed expertly and flowed beautifully from beginning to end. The author takes us on a journey into the future and gives us a wonderful glimpse into the human psyche. Helped by the strength, charm and passion of the characters, it is hard to dislike either side at war. Neill gives us some thought provoking and soul searching moments. Most importantly, just how close are we to living in this fantastical world created by machine. Will there be a time when we only meet through dreams, unable to face reality, are some of us already there?
Brilliant, action packed and a very juicy read indeed...enjoy, I did!
At the start of the book, you are presented with some history on what has happened and how things became what they did. From their, you are thrust forward to see what has happened since then, and given a view on how things stand. But, as it progresses and you start to see more from the other side, it becomes far less clear who the good guys are. Ultimately, you are left to realize that like most conflicts this wide ranging in scope and time, there is no Good Guy and Bad Guy. Both sides are working to ends they consider justified and have good reasons for them.
While there are only a handful of characters introduced throughout the story, each of them show a unique view of the world, and give us a chance to reflect on our society, and where it may be going. They also show that no matter how perfect things may be, Human nature will always be a factor, and conflict of some sort is inevitable.
But what really makes this story so great is seeing how the main characters develop when thrust into unbelievable situations, and how we can be tricked into believing one thing if given the proper motivation even if there is evidence around us showing things are more complex than we thought.
This is a page-turning tale, set a thousand years from today, about the futuristic battle between the Ins and Outs. Well-developed characters, like Moz and Rafe, had me rooting for them. The story unfolds and weaves at the same time, linking opposing forced together in a vivid and compelling sci-fi adventure. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an incredible journey into the future.
Before this book I had only read his 101 Questions series, so I was new to Neill's novels. Thankfully the transition was a breeze. The way the books are narrated makes for a very easy read that allows you to quickly get into the meat of the story (I hate slow books that introduce too many characters and stories too fast.) With that said about the narration, I can also comment on the story itself:
The author presents a world that seems like a moral dystopia and a hedonistic utopia at the same time, when the story moves to describe the wonders of a planet where anybody can be whoever they want and feel anything they wish. Literally. That cyclical feeling never ends, which keeps the reader debating on who's side of the conflict to be on. Classic Neill move...
A Door Never Dreamed Of is a fast paced futuristic sci-fi story like nothing I have ever read. I am not the biggest fan of this genre, but this particular story touched on a deep seated fear I have of where the human race could be heading. The world building is a bit light for me but it is sufficient to put you in the different environments. The characters are well developed and fleshed out. The story is put forward in such a way that the reader is able to relate to both "sides" of the situation. The fantistical futuristic sci-fi elements are mind blowing. How the author was able to cultivate some of the futuristic technologies at use in the book is beyond me. All that being said, he manages to make things understandable to a person who hasn't read much sci-fi. This is a remarkably fast paced story and a quick enjoyable read. This will not be the last book I read from J Edward Neil.