June 25, 2011

Review - Dreams Unleashed (Linda Hawley)

It’s the future year of 2015, where technology governs life. No one on the globe is free from being tracked through government RFID. The worldwide underground organization, GOG, is the one group equipped to fight against citizens’ loss of privacy. Ann Torgeson is a technical writer working for a tidal energy company—living a seemingly normal life in the Pacific Northwest—when her vivid dreams turn real. Is her training as a paranormal CIA agent when she was nineteen years old now altering the doorway between her subconscious and reality? When Ann starts to dig into her past, her present begins to unravel, leading the reader through events that twist and turn everything upside down. Question everything you know is essential in this dystopian trilogy.

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An intriguing premise, the dystopian genre, and my love for narratives in which the author is jumping back and forth in time to tell the story, always manage to lure me in quite successfully. This was also the case with Dreams Unleashed by Linda Hawley.
The story revolves around Ann Torgeson, a technical writer, with a past of working for a secret project with the CIA and it's this past that is suddenly catching up with her through disturbing and real-to-life dreams.
This first part of The Prophecies Trilogy proves to be much more than yet another dystopian book, throwing in just the right amount of science fiction and the paranormal genre as well as taking an up-close look at current political issues, making the whole story feel scarily real. Add a well developed cast and Linda's clear and descriptive writing style which make for a fluent and thrilling read.
Yet some parts of the book were slower than others as the story itself is gradually unraveling and it takes the first half of the book before you'll be able to tie up the threads and make connections of what's happening. And admittedly the cliffhanger, which literally arrives with a bang, came too soon for me. I realize that this is only the first part of a trilogy, but I'm not scared of heavy tomes and would have loved to just continue reading them as a whole.
In short: A fascinating dystopian novel by a promising new author!

3/5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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