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Review: The Dream Protocol (Descent #1) by Adara Quick

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The Dream Protocol

Review: The Dream Protocol (Descent #1) by Adara Quick
by Adara Quick
Series: Descent #1
Published by Adara Quick
on April 20th, 2016
Genres: Fiction, YA
Pages: 154
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon |B&N |Book Depository
Rating: 3 Stars




In fiery young Deirdre Callaghan’s home of Skellig City, no one has dreamt their own dream in over a thousand years. Dreams are produced by the Dream Makers and sold by the Ministry, the tyrannical rulers of the city. In Skellig City, years of life are awarded equally and the ruined are cast away beneath the city on their 35th birthday.

Unbeknownst to the Ministry, Deirdre’s handsome friend Flynn Brennan is afflicted with a terrible disease – a disease that accelerates the aging process. Knowing his fate if the Ministry should ever discover his illness, Flynn has lived his whole life hiding from their watchful eyes. When Flynn’s secret is finally discovered, Deirdre is determined to free him from the Ministry’s grasp. But to save him, she will have to reveal herself to a shadowy enemy…one that none of them even knew existed.

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I’m kind of on the fence with this book. It’s book one in the Descent series but I felt like I was jumping in mid-series. The beginning was a little confusing. However, The Dream Protocol by Adara Quick is a unique tale of a people whose dreams are controlled and who are considered “ruined” by the age of 35.

I could tell that the storyline was inspired by both Logan’s Run , The Matrix, and 1984. It combines attributes from those stories to give the reader a bizarre world of ceremonies of “death,” logging in to dreams, and people wearing their “grays” being controlled and watched over.

“There is no dreaming without the Academy because there is no sleep without transmission from the cloud to put us under. Our dreams provide in life what Tir na nOg provides in death.”

Cool. But a bit much of everything.  I felt like I was being tugged in all sorts of directions when drones (mindless zombie type workers who act like a living breathing security system) were introduced, with weavers who also served as soothsayers, and the dream RedOak. But with that being said, I did find myself enjoying all those aspects.

I liked the character of Deirdre, she’s the story’s non-conformist. The one who speaks up against the rules and doesn’t care about stirring up trouble. So of course, I went along for the ride, and tried not to get upset at the cliffhanger ending.

Yep, there is a cliffhanger.

I think I’m invested in this story just for the sole propose of seeing some questions get answered. So, I will read on and see how the story progresses.

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That must’ve been weird to start a first book in a series and felt like you were jumping in mid series. Glad you mostly enjoyed the different aspects of the story even though it felt a bit much at times. I don’t mind cliffhanger endings too much, but it does depend on the actual book and cliffhanger. I hope the next book is even better than this one

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

Hmmm, this sounds interesting. But the guy who’s age is accelerating faster, does he have like an actual real disease? Or is it just some magical/paranormal explanation for why he’s aging faster?

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