Dream Phaze

Imagination

Fiction - Science Fiction
296 Pages
Reviewed on 06/26/2022
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Author Biography

Matt lives in Sydney, Australia.

'This narrative began as a short story in 2014. Over subsequent years it evolved through several plot, character and title iterations until Dream Phaze emerged as an episodic series published online in 2018. These episodes, collectively known as Germination, became the first ebook and paperback in the series.

Dream Phaze - Imagination, the second ebook in the series, was released in March 2022.

Matt is a member of the Australian Society of Authors, International Association for the Study of Dreams and Alliance of Independent Authors.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

Dream Phaze: Imagination by Matt Watters is the page-turning sequel to Germination. While the first book introduced the concept of Dream Immersion, the sequel follows how this futuristic technology is exploited and how it has spawned a new breed of crime. Criminals who have flown under the radar have been using the platform. Young women in the virtual dreamscape fall prey to sexual assault and murder, which becomes a moral consideration for the DI's operation. A color classification for the user experience appears useless, as women are attacked and murdered while under the white-rated experience - suitable for all users with no expectations of sex or violence. As victims succumb to psychological trauma, virtual policing is proving to be difficult, and as anti-DI sentiments continue to mount, will there ever be a future for ZynnComm?

Matt Watters has prophetic visions that are well dressed in the guise of fiction. This is where our flirtation with virtual reality may lead, and Watters delivers it well with his natural propensity for presenting jargon in a non-intimidating way. The book is written not just for entertainment, but to solidify concepts. At less than 300 pages, the plot is rich, packed with profound issues on futurism that cannot wait to be addressed. If not, it will be too late. Rarely do you get to read a novel that ventures deep into the mysterious and eerie realms of the human mind. Watters does so like an insatiable voyager, returning from the journey with an enriched vision and experience - an effect that you will also experience when reading Dream Phaze.

Stephanie Chapman

In Matt Watters’ second book, Dream Phaze: Imagination, Dr. Saxon Zynn and his wife, Margo, control all decisions for ZynnComm. Margo’s father, Walt, is a shareholder and suffers a myocardial infarction. Another company, HBU Electronics, is attempting to buy out Walt’s shares in ZynnComm. A complication threatens the Dream Immersion Technology when various women report rape and murder. The system makes finding the identity of users impossible. Saxon, Margo, Kris, and Wendy form a team to apprehend the serial rapist. Meanwhile, some users have started a protest against Dream Immersion Technology, claiming it causes a form of PTSD. Death threats occur as the world challenges Saxon’s integrity for allowing White supremacy groups and pedophile dream scenarios.

Espionage, mental health, and corporation merger practices emerge in Matt Watters’ science fiction novel. The several dream scenarios full of creative details caused my mind to envision every moment. All the dialogue was logical and realistic, resulting in displaying the characters' personalities. My favorite character was Dr. Kris Kilroy, he is a man of action and direct in how he wants to eliminate threats. I agree with his view on eliminating sub-platforms promoting criminal activities that are objectionable in real life. I felt Saxon was too lax in this, which opens his technology to a multitude of questionable actions. The multiple story plots kept me on my toes, and I couldn’t put this book down. Drama is a big factor; however, there are many moments when I had to laugh out loud. I am eagerly awaiting the third book of this trilogy. Dream Phaze: Imagination is perfect for readers who enjoy exploring conspiracies and lucid dreams.