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The Community is your mate. When you are alone, we are together.
All are welcome in the Community. White is the color of all colors.
The resources of the Community belong to the Community.
The mind is the true voice of a Citizen.
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sindra. A world where minds are joined, vocalization is punishable by `recycling' and dystopia is more than just a word. Irradiance begins with murder, and leads the reader through levels of mental and psychological programming, space-jump technology and time-space continuum's, as is to be expected from any dystopian fantasy. But then, it grows, deepens to a story of life under totalitarian governments, secrets and lies, and the bonds of family, bonds that must be hidden away from a regime that sees no value in kindness or love, no strength in free thought. Which is rather oxymoronic considering the presence of two statues in "The Hall" - the statues of Freedom and Knowledge.
A world of euphemisms, where "processing" is just another word for euthanize, and cruelty is oh-so-cold.
Honestly, I am not a big fan of dystopian novels. They are just too `real' in their cold, bitter vision of a world with no color, no joy, no true happiness. There was much to send chills over my skin in Irradiance. But to tell you true, the very bleakness of the world of Sindra gives warms and promise, hope, to a book that ends by being a story of possibilities, sacrifice, and new beginnings.
Overall? This first of The Dream Guild Chronicles shows stunning promise for lovers of dystopian novels and gives a calculated warning about the direction our own world faces in the new future.
This book was provided to me by the author in return for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.
Irradiance presents us with Sindra, a world where everyone is linked by a combination of telepathy and technology. A Supreme Council holds total power, with reams of Control Officers acting to keep the people in line. Citizens who fail to conform, deliberately or otherwise, are taken away and "recycled" with few opportunities to make amends. Babies are grown in tanks with genes pre-selected by the state, ensuring homogeneity amongst the populace.
Sindra is a terrible place, but also a comfortable one for those who toe the line. Thus, only a few citizens think to rebel. One of those citizens is Maribel, a scientist studying the behaviour of Sindra's sun. Maribel discovers a shocking truth and realises that drastic action is needed; the Supreme Council, fearing public unrest, refuse to listen. Maribel refuses to back down, however, which brings both herself and her family under the authorities' gaze...
The above summary barely scratches the surface of the book, by the way. Indeed, the book deals with everything from hyperspace travel to precognition to popular politics good ol' fashioned prejudice. A huge number of plot threads and ideas vie for readers' attention - too big a number, in fact. Various concepts end up going under-explored as a result, while the main conflict takes just a little too long to properly get going.
Once things do get going, the result is suitably exciting. Maribel and her family become closer and closer as events intensify, with the government hounding them at every turn. This eventually leads to a downright thrilling conclusion, which ends things in a way seldom seen in these kinds of books. I really grew to care for Maribel by the end, as well as for her family, friends and allies. All of them were distinct, being easy to both visualise and "hear"; traits which, incidentally, were shared by the villains.
There were a couple of headscratchers near the end, mind. During a fight, a character seemingly forgets an ability they used before, making things far tougher than they should have been. At around the same time, Maribel makes one particular decision which...didn't make much sense, on reflection. These didn't detract from the overall experience too much, and it's possible they will be explained in the sequel, but I found them distracting nonetheless.
Irradiance is certainly not perfect, but it's by no means bad either. Fans of dystopian fiction will like it, as will likers of science fiction in general. All in all, I'd say it's worth a look.
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