Sunday, 15 September 2013
Book Review: The Dream Catcher Fallacy by K.B. Nelson
The Dreamcatcher Fallacy
by K.B. Nelson
Book 1 of the Dream Catcher Fallacy Cycle
Review copy supplied by author
For generations, the Company has produced made-to-order men and women for the jobs humankind itself no longer wishes to fill—soldiers, scientists, and administrators. It depends on the very predictability of what it creates, as does Earth and the far-flung galactic agricultural colonies.
But not everyone finds such homogeneity comforting.
Joshua 1011 is the living masterpiece of a genius with a singular mission and vision—bring back the ancient genotypes that once were the backbone of creative life. Raised in the tight-knit social structure of the Company’s military line, silently protected by its highest administrator and yet also targeted by those who are threatened by his differences, Joshua must learn what it means to carry not only Administrator and Tech gifts within himself, but also how to simply survive as an individual in a sea of look-alike brothers-in-arms.
Matthew Dennon is a simple man, married early into the Core, the ruling-caste of the natural humans of Earth. But as he digs into the secrets kept by the Company, and deals with the repercussions of changes made to his own DNA long ago, he finds himself alone, divorced from the protective rings of power, fighting alongside Joshua. Together they will take a stand against the systems that cage them and the unfolding nightmare unleashed by Joshua’s troubled creator. And as a real love blossoms between himself and the young soldier, they will face decisions that affect not only themselves, but also the entire string of worlds that support the delicate thing called humanity.
I liked this book, but I wished I could have liked it more.
There was a lot of back story interspersed with Joshua and Matthew's stories, and at times I got confused as to which character was who. There were lots of chapters from different people's points of views and it was very difficult to keep track of them all. The book started long before Joshua was born, with his father/creator James Illion. The readers knew what James was doing right from the outset, but it would have worked so much better if we hadn't found that out yet, and found out as the story progressed.
It was very well-written and the world building brought the distant future to life and you could see in your minds-eye what was happening. The characters were well-drawn, but I thought we got to see too many points of view in different chapters. Joshua and Matthew don't even meet until about half-way through the book and I think the first chapter from Matthew's point of view was quite late in as well. We could have done with less chapters focusing on the administrators and Joshua's commanders and more on Joshua and Matthew, as I think they are supposed to be the main characters.
It's a very interesting premise for a sci-fi story and it does grip you, but I really wanted the story to be more about Matthew and Joshua and not all the other characters. It was a lot more sci-fi and a bit less focused on the romance between Joshua and Matthew than I would have preferred, but perhaps that's just me.
It is a good book so if you like sci-fi with a bit of LGBT content, then you might like this. It's more sci-fi with romantic aspects rather than outright romance I would say.
Reviewed by Annette Gisby
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