Friday, March 1, 2013

DREAM CASTER (DREAM CYCLE #1) BY Najeev Raj Nadarajah_Review

Review of Dream Caster
Dream Cycle #1`

This post-apocalyptic fantasy paints a grim picture of the world to come—a world beyond and without what we today think of as contemporary society and culture. It is almost, but not quite, a world such as our Neanderthal ancestors might have experienced, and yet, it is very different, because for some the memories remain, more as tales told rather than actual remembrance. Then too, this “new” world is remarkably and unexpectedly dangerous. One would assume that life would once again be difficult, lacking electricity, technology, and automation; but here it is downright dangerous (firehounds—shudder!) and life can be snuffed without a moment’s notice.

Intriguingly, one of the characters states that life had been meant to no longer be—but given the resilience of the human spirit, there are survivors, both individually and in enclaves. Seems humanity just can’t be put down forever. Weaver, with no knowledge of his past nor memories of his former existence, knowing only that he is sixteen but not yet seventeen, must leave the only enclave of population he’s known, and find his own way. In the process he discovers that he is a “dream caster,” one who is able to work his will upon consensus reality and to form it as he sees fit. Unfortunately, although he is pure of heart and mind and wishes to form only good, he is not the only Dream Caster and another can mold reality, yet without Weaver’s purity of intentions.

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