Sep 9, 2016

The Dream Protocol (Descent 1) by Adara Flynn Quick || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

FANS OF DYSTOPIA, this one is for you! I am excited to present Adara Flynn Quick, the author of The Dream Protocol: Descent (Book I). Join me in celebrating the release of her new book on April 20th 2016. Read on for details about the book, my review, and author information. Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post for a chance to win 1 signed copy of The Dream Protocol: Descent, along with "Sky in Motion" and "The Singing Fields" oil paintings!

 

 

  SUMMARY  

WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T GET OLD. 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.

Publication date is April 20th 2016: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

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  REVIEW  

book review rating 4 out of 5

RARE DOES A book hold me captive from the start, and keeps me obsessively turning the pages all the way until the very end. The Dream Protocol (Descent 1), by Adara Flynn Quick, though reads more like a novella with only 154 pages, is a potent Irish cocktail that blends the mind-bending, virtual reality splendor of The Matrix with the eerie, dystopian quality of The Giver. Ms. Flynn succinctly delivers an action-packed and suspenseful futuristic mystery, that’s anything but lightweight.

In Skellig City, it’s the year 3077, the rhythmic beat of a single drum enraptures a 15-year-old Deirdre Callaghan (and quite frankly, me, as well) as she witnesses the frightening Ritual of Decent for Maeve O’Brian—35 and considered a “ruined.” For centuries, no one has tried to escape the rite, for it is a gift to the Land of the Blest.  And, the Minister’s army ensures it. In Maeve’s last moment, she passes on a single message to Deirdre that sows a seed of doubt about the Ministry.

Each new clue that Deirdre uncovers about the Ministry is an eloquent brush stroke aimed at capturing a portrait of a keenly perceptive young girl in search for answers about herself and the merciless community she lives in. When her best friend, Flynn Brennan, who looks more like an adult than a prepubescent boy, is taken in for his unusually aging disorder that could infect the young and vital in Skellig City, Deirdre, along with an adorable fireball, named Antrim, will set into motion a gripping, nonstop chain of events that had me enthralled until the very end.

With excellent pacing, intriguing world-building, and larger than life characters, The Dream Protocol will unravel violent truths that will take the story to a crescendo, as it opens up entirely new questions with its revelation. It’s very worthy of a sleepless night (1:47 AM)!

{ I received this title in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you, especially to the author and publisher, for kindly giving me an opportunity to review this title. }

 

  AUTHOR BIO  

Irish-American author, Adara Flynn Quick, is the writer of The Dream Protocol series. Early in her career, Adara was fascinated by dreams, the unconscious, and the healing stories of many cultures. As a contemporary author, she writes young adult literature that brings ancient myths and legends into futuristic worlds. She is an accomplished visual artist and uses her background as a psychotherapist to inspire the finest and darkest moments of her characters.

Driven to distraction by her computer, Adara writes all of her stories longhand. Pen and paper are two of her favorite things. The author tortures her husband with a passion for downtempo electronica and too many pillows. She is a firm beleiver that there are never enough pillows.

Find Adara Flynn Quick: Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

  GIVEAWAY  

Complete the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win (US/CAN):
1 signed copy of The Dream Protocol: Descent
"Sky in Motion," oil on canvas, 8 x 8, framed in silver leaf
"The Singing Fields," oil on canvas, 8 x 8, framed in silver leaf

Sky in Motion    The Singing Fields

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