Descent (The Dream Protocol Book #1) by Adara Quick

” “… the transfer shuts down natural sleep rhythms.” “The IDreams cause insomnia?” “Yeah. The more dreams you download, the more you want -because you can’t sleep without them.” “

This could be so like Logan’s Run with the limit on life time allowance. Mind you, that isn’t what I was expecting, something more sinister maybe? Let’s see…

The book starts with Maeve’s descent. Deirdre arrives late which annoys her father. Then, Maeve does a runner and Flynn is exposed as a result.

In Skellig City the inhabitants live a life below ground. The citizens are selected for life roles when they reach 16 years of age. They work in their roles for the benefit of the community earning credits. These credits can be used to buy dreams. The dreams are created by the Makers and can take citizens to whatever place or experience they can afford to buy.

But not all citizens are happy with this set-up, and Deirdre is one of them. She wants to save Flynn and go topside.

Of course those that are in charge think differently and so a struggle ensues.

It isn’t predictable, it is dark and ominous (the structure moves its walls around without warning, after all), and you really need to read it. I read it in a day (well into the night). I will be reading the next book, Selection, definitely.

I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. NetGalley does not allow for paid reviews.

4/5 Stars (What this means…five-stars-applied-carefully)

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Official description:
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.

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