Saturday, February 28, 2015

Our Dried Voices by Greg Hickey

In Our Dried Voices by Greg Hickey scientific achievements and advancements lead to a utopian society where everyone’s needs are automatically provided for and creativity, thought, and language are no longer needed.  

The book’s main character, Samuel, evolves a great deal through the book, as does the plot.  The build up is slow and steady, becoming more complex as Samuel’s thinking evolves.  I enjoyed the book and couldn’t put it down once I started it.  The timeline at the beginning is fascinating and made me wonder at how the author came up with it.  It’s interesting to think of the achievements listed there and how they would affect our world.

There is not much discussion of technology in the book, mostly just scientific development, but I wonder how the author envisions our modern media landscape as a factor in the devolution of humanity.  There is definitely a sense of warning in the book, as the Earth becomes uninhabitable due to environmental issues, war, and overpopulation and these themes, along with their consequences, are handled philosophically throughout the novel.

I would recommend Our Dried Voices to fans of dystopian fiction and philosophical fiction.

Check in tomorrow for a Q&A with the author himself!

About the Author:
Greg Hickey was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1985. After graduating from Pomona College in 2008, he played and coached baseball in Sweden and South Africa. He is now a forensic scientist, endurance athlete and award-winning writer. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Lindsay.

About  the Book:
In 2153, cancer was cured. In 2189, AIDS. And in 2235, the last members of the human race traveled to a far distant planet called Pearl to begin the next chapter of humanity. Several hundred years after their arrival, the remainder of humanity lives in a utopian colony in which every want is satisfied automatically, and there is no need for human labor, struggle or thought. But when the machines that regulate the colony begin to malfunction, the colonists are faced with a test for the first time in their existence. With the lives of the colonists at stake, it is left to a young man named Samuel to repair these breakdowns and save the colony. Aided by his friend Penny, Samuel rises to meet each challenge. But he soon discovers a mysterious group of people behind each of these problems, and he must somehow find and defeat these saboteurs in order to rescue his colony.
(234pp, ISBN#9781940368931)

Purchase at:Amazon $2.99 Kindle, borrow on Kindle Unlimited or $12.53 Paperback (Prime Eligible)
or  Scribe Publishing, in Print $10.00

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