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someone mysterious wants the colony to fail;The Pale Horse.
Thallium poisoning is a cruel way to go about it, The virus that infests the planet
is successfully limiting the human population. Rai is essentially reborn with nothing but sensory memory.
She is being protected and not always in a way she likes.
Nightmares plague her sleep.
The novel in this first episode is interesting enough that the second will probably get read.
The cover art should be better and one could hope off world spies in the mix, besides
hints of Gaia.
Allow me to elaborate.
Candice has crafted a well-thought out, very detailed sci-fi dystopia in "The Dream Sifter". Society has been ravaged by disease, and in many ways has fallen back to older ways. Family "Septs" operate business in the wild, aided and protected by the enigmatic Guardians.
Rai awakens to this world with amnesia, not recalling anything about her past, but terrible nightmares and unique abilities have her rightfully thinking she's more than she seems, and before long she's searching for clues to her identity while trying to fit in with her new Sept.
Candice does a wonderful job unfolding both the story and the setting in a slow and deliberate pace. Nothing is rushed, and while some readers may grow restless in the early goings I found the steady and even rhythm of the novel quite refreshing. Rai is a wonderfully well-rounded character (especially considering how little she knows about herself), and I loved how Candice allowed slow pieces of the puzzle to her identity to fall into place. Other characters (Ponar, Jesse, Bauleel, Graeber) are similarly well developed.
But what really blew me away was the obvious care and detail placed into the world of Az'unda. This place lives and breathes, and Candice wraps elements of post-apocalyptic dystopian sci-fi and high fantasy together in a world C.S. Friedman would be proud of.
And while stories of this type traditionally build up to an explosive climax, I very much enjoyed the fact that Candice shows you can have a satisfying conclusion without having to resort to fist-fights and explosions. (Though, rest assured, there's plenty of action peppered throughout the story. Watch out for those Iron Wolves.)
This is refreshing, thought-provoking and engaging sci-fi. And while Candice was nice enough to provide me with an advanced copy (because she's awesome), I can say with 100% honesty that I'm very much looking forward to the sequel in what promises to be a terrific series.
i liked the main character. i liked the development of the various story lines.
as someones who reads a lot of sci-fi, i was thrilled with a new twist in a fantasy/sci-fi story.