Dawn of the Dreamer (Dreamer Trilogy Book One) by L. J. Higgins, 290 pages, Creativia, 3rd Edition, December 22nd 2015, Genre: Young Adult/Mystery/Science Fiction. Warning: May Contain Spoilers.
Review by Leigh Holland.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I read a news article in which employees allowed themselves to be microchipped by their employer. The employees volunteered and spoke of its advantages, such as not having to replace lost or worn badges, not having to keep track of a badge, and not having to turn one in after no longer employed as it could simply be deactivated. The article also represented opposition to the concept as being born from a sort of religious hysteria, while reinforcing how innocent the wrist chips were. How we should trust them not to do anything dangerous. A friend asked me if I’d ever allow a chip to be inserted in my body. My response was “Over my dead body.” And no, it has nothing to do with religious reasons. It’s a carefully developed distrust of powerful people and organizations seeking even more tools for power. That includes corporations, governments, etc. They may be benignly trying to make our lives easier, but given how rarely that proves to be true, why risk it?
Dawn of the Dreamer shows precisely why no free thinking person should support such an idea. It’s 2023 and the MMC (MultiMind Corporation) has implanted the wristochip in human beings. It regulates sleep and during sleep, makes the person smarter, sharper, better. Touting itself as the next step in human evolution, the rare segment of the population who are immune to the writochip are called the dreamers. They are social pariahs, inferior to the rest of them. Their friends and families turn them into MMC, who imprisons them in the name of ‘curing’ the dreamers. We follow Amelia, a dreamer, as she navigates a world in which she must hide her immunity to the wristochip. Her status affects her self-esteem, which in turn affects her relationships. She believes she’s inferior and behaves as such, playing the subordinate to her best friend, Sarah. Two men are romantically interested in Amelia: Cameron, her nurse at the sleep center, and Joe, a man Sarah dated. When Sarah discovers Joe likes Amelia, Sarah turns Amelia in for believing something may be wrong with what MMC is doing with the wristochips and wristcuffs. No more outpatient treatments for Amelia- she’s kidnapped and placed in a research wing to be used as a guinea pig in MMC’s attempts to “cure” all remaining dreamers. As the stakes are raised, Amelia and other dreamers find their very existence at risk.
My favorite character was Cameron. He remained devoted, both to Amelia and the cause of freedom, throughout. He was a rock for Amelia in troubled times. I wished we would’ve learned more about the four primary and supporting characters in this installment of the trilogy, but their characters may be explored further in future books.
The creepiest thing about the article I read a little while ago was the statement that it would be another fifty years before humanity would willingly accept the “wristochip”, because currently there is too much opposition, but that opposition will disappear by then. That’s from real life, not a science fiction novel. Dawn of the Dreamer comes at the right time to remind us why we need to remain opposed to attempts to implant devices within our very bodies, and why we need to continue to teach our children to resist all such efforts. They may tell us they’d never use them for tracking, spying, control, or remote assassination. But how do you really know until it’s too late? Why risk it? I’d rather risk inconvenience from losing my badge.
I enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to sci-fi audiences. You can find it at Dawn of the Dreamer.
In 2023, MultiMind Corporation releases the Wristcuff, giving its wearers pleasant dreams and improved health. At least this is what the majority of Earth’s population believes.
For the Dreamers, this technology fails to work, and they’re shunned because of their inability to adapt and evolve like the rest of the human race.
Amelia is a Dreamer. When she meets someone who helps her see through the veil of MMC’s lies and secrets, her world is shaken and changed. Amelia has to decide whether to fight for the freedom to dream, or take the ‘next step in evolution’ with the rest of society, at the risk of losing her ability to think and dream for herself.
About the Author:
L J Higgins writes fiction with an intriguing twist. Stories that remind you to open your eyes, minds and hearts. Hailing from Queensland, Australia, she is a wife, and stay at home mother of two young children.
Always intrigued by dystopian worlds, the advances in technology, and what those might mean for the future of the human race, L J Higgins enjoys creating stories that explore these ideas. She is also passionate about helping teens through some of the battles they face as they go through high school, and writes stories to empower them, while showing them how their choices can affect the lives of themselves and others.