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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Dreaming Your Dream is a work of fiction in the dystopia, adventure, and drama subgenres. It serves as the first book of the Machine Dreaming series. The novel is intended for the adult reading audience and was penned by author Starwing and fully illustrated by artist Melinda Maria Lack. In this chilling techno-thriller, we find ourselves in a future world where an over-reliance on AI has caused robots to attempt to eliminate human emotion from daily life. The only way for people to experience full emotion is through enhanced dream technology, so what happens when our protagonist, repairman John, discovers that he feels things during the day too?
I love a dystopian read that begins with an interesting concept and then gradually builds to a more and more terrifying conclusion, and that was certainly what author Starwing delivered throughout this deeply unnerving reading experience. I thought the world-building for the dystopian setting was well crafted, interesting, and just within the realms of believability, and John made for a good everyman style protagonist that all readers can relate to on some level. For a novel about suppressed emotions, the emotional content was powerful and high-impact, truly highlighting the dangers of allowing ourselves to become subservient and repressed for the sake of “success” or “harmony” in modern life. Overall, I thought that Dreaming Your Dream was a superb work of fiction with great pacing, an intriguing plot that builds and improves all the way through the book, and a story that science fiction and dystopia fans alike will not want to miss out on.