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The Dream Sifter (The Depths of Memory Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 1, 2013
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"Candice wraps elements of post-apocalyptic dystopian sci-fi and high fantasy together in a world C.S. Friedman would be proud of. ... This is refreshing, thought-provoking and engaging sci-fi."
Steven Montano Author of the Blood Skies series, The Skullborn Trilogy, and The Rike Chronicles ★★★★★
"The Dream Sifter is an engrossing science fiction/fantasy novel that had me reading it until the wee hours in the morning. The plotline was fantastic. The characters were very fleshed out. Other than the cliffhanger ending, I loved this book!!"
Jolie Eason (Read With Me - easonjolie5.wordpress.com) ★★★★
"The Dream Sifter is an original engaging mixture of science fiction and fantasy with the characters propelling the plot. This is a great read for those looking for a science fiction merged into fantasy with a world and characters that'll stay with your for long. I loved this and can't wait to get my hands on the newly published second installment, Dreams Manifest."
Fanna (fannatality.wordpress.com) ★★★★★
"Dream Sifter is one of those books that hooks you immediately and is able to maintain its iron grip on my attention with the pacing and character development that make any great read a pleasure. While Bundy has a well developed prose and artistry with words, she wields it with confidence and swagger that allows for the scenes to effortlessly unfold in the imagination of the reader."
Tony (Goodreads reviewer) ★★★★★
"Well-thought and greatly planned, The Dream Sifter by Candice Bundy deserves to be featured among classic gems of science-fiction. The author's linguistic richness and her ingenious world created from scratch compile a novel which promises intense suspense and plot twists."
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Paranormal Romance | Science Fiction/Fantasy | Horror
Other books by Candice Bundy
- The Daemon Whisperer (Paranormal Romance)
- The Dream Sifter (Book 1 of The Depths of Memory Series, Science Fiction/Fantasy)
- Dreams Manifest (Book 2 of The Depths of Memory Series, Science Fiction/Fantasy)
- Ripples, a Novella (Paranormal Horror)
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What I liked is that this a matriarchal society. Women ruled the world here, not men. Women were the heads of their Septs (think clans) and they made the decisions. I was excited to read that because I have read few science fiction books where a matriarchal society was portrayed in a good light. Don’t get me wrong, there was plenty wrong with this society and the women who run them. Plenty wrong.
I liked Rai but I shared in her confusion over what her past was. The author shared very little information about Rai. Only that she had a tragic miscarriage and became barren because of it. I did think that the author did a great job at slowly revealing Rai’s strange abilities. Little was revealed in her nightmares also. Now that I have read the book, I can see the key elements revealed in those elements but still. They were very creepy.
The plague was very creepy. You never knew when it was going to crop up or who it was going to affect. The plague was making the women sterile. Also, if it wasn’t caught, the people who had the plague turned into being called the Terrors. I thought of the Terrors like wraiths and they were bloodthirsty.
The whole sending girls when they became fertile into the Temple for “service” was creepy. These were 14, 15-year-old girls and they were expected to pop out babies for the next 3-4 years. Then their Temple service was over. If the girls had issues conceiving, the Temple used fertility drugs to help them along. But those fertility drugs came with a price. The men also had Temple service. In my mind, they were more like studs. Plus, they didn’t live at the temple. They got called in. I can understand why the Matriarchs did that. With the population declining, they needed to make sure that the colony survived. Still, that didn’t sit right with me.
I wasn’t sure about the Guardians either. Well, mainly Graeber. The way he was following Rai around bordered was almost stalkerish. He also seemed to know a lot more about Rai then he let on. Which drove me nuts because I needed to know what his connection was to her.
Ponar was the only one who I actually liked. He made mistakes, sleeping with Rai was a huge one since having sex between Septmates was forbidden. He cared about Rai and wanted to help her find out who she was.
I can’t forget Matriarch Bauleel. I didn’t know what to make of her at first. She did seem to have Rai’s best interest at heart. But, as the book went on, it seemed like she knew Rai. It also seemed that she and Graeber were protecting Rai from something or someone. The author did a fantastic job keeping that under wraps too. I was very surprised at who Rai was to Bauleel when it was revealed.
The end of the book was a cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers and I was pretty upset that the book ended when it did. I kinda wanted to tear my hair out of my head because I had so many questions!!
The Dream Sifter is an engrossing science fiction/fantasy novel that had me reading it until the wee hours in the morning. The plotline was fantastic. The characters were very fleshed out. Other than the cliffhanger ending, I loved this book!!
**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**
This book is a huge mystery and leaves on a cliff hanger, and I am happy that I have the next onto so I can find out what happens next!
Voluntary review of Advance Reader Copy. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher.
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.
The Dream Sifter took me on a great trip to a different world. A world with its good and bad, technology and simplicity. This place was where the heroine, Rai, lives. Suffering from amnesia, she is dumped into a new life, new family surrounded with questions that no one can answer. What was her past? Why was she having these vivid nightmares?
Parallel to Rai's story is a backstory of Guardians and Matriarchs -- people who interact with Rai and determined, to a degree, her path.
The book is well written (though with a few typos, nothing major) and very enjoyable. It reminded me a bit of Marion Zimmer Bradley's books, especially the Darkover series, with the juxtaposition of technology and the rejection of technology, and also the strong female characters. This book does not offer a complete closure, but as lengthy as it is, I can understand why it is being released as a series. I will definitely be on board for the rest of the series. I want to find out what happens! This was one of the best books of Science Fiction/Fantasy that I have read in a long time.
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