The Dream Protocol: Descent
Adara Flynn Quick
Publication date: April 20th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T GET OLD. In fiery young Deirdre Callaghan’s home of Skellig City, no one has dreamt their own dream in over a thousand years. Dreams are produced by the Dream Makers and sold by the Ministry, the tyrannical rulers of the city. In Skellig City, years of life are awarded equally and the ruined are cast away beneath the city on their 35th birthday.
Unbeknownst to the Ministry, Deirdre’s handsome friend Flynn Brennan is afflicted with a terrible disease – a disease that accelerates the aging process. Knowing his fate if the Ministry should ever discover his illness, Flynn has lived his whole life hiding from their watchful eyes. When Flynn’s secret is finally discovered, Deirdre is determined to free him from the Ministry’s grasp. But to save him, she will have to reveal herself to a shadowy enemy…one that none of them even knew existed.
Interview with the Author:
1) Would you want to be a Dream Maker?
I would totally want to be a Dream Maker in the world of The Dream Protocol! Once you hit 16, everybody works according to their selection and talents. There aren’t very many desirable jobs in Skellig City. You could be chosen for Dream Drone and give up your free will entirely by entering the Minister’s army. You could be chosen for any number of meaningless, bureaucratic positions. (Kind of like most jobs in the world today.)
The job at the top of the power pyramid is Dream Maker. They have the most protections and they get to use their imagination to make dreams for the rest of the city. They work with devices called Sequencers that capture their imagination and convert their ideas into downloadable dream files. It’s not a great job because even Dream Makers are subject to the will of the Minister. But it’s better than the others. And, the Dream Makers are the only people that get to go Topside. (That’s the surface of Skellig City.) Plus you get to wear cool orange robes and wear the five-fold symbol amulet.
2) What do you find most appealing about Science Fiction—either writing it or reading it?
I’m really excited about what is happening in the world of science fiction today. There are so many new women writers in this space and they offer a fresh perspective. I’m thinking Ann Leckie (Ancillary Justice), C.N. Lesley (Shadow Over Avalon), and P.D. James (The Children of Men). Women dig science!
3) What sort of research of Irish folklore and the Tir na nOg did you do for the book? Or were you already familiar with them?
My family is Irish and I traveled extensively through Ireland in preparation for this book series. It’s a magical place, so green and unspoiled. There is a wildness to the landscape, a feeling of raw, natural energy that could sweep you up. I was swept up and that experience became one of the inspirations for the story. My main character discovers her Irish heritage in the story and learns the lost magic of the druids to save her world.
So, when I got home, I became obsessed with Irish mythology and folklore. Some of it is quite quirky and strange. I read about Tir na nOg, the mythical land of the blest where everyone stays young and wants for nothing. I studied the teachings of the Druids to build the knowledge base for the training my main character undergoes. And there are so many sacred sites in Ireland, each one with its own history and mythos. I’m so happy I chose Ireland as the setting for my dystopian world.
Irish-American author, Adara Flynn Quick, is the writer of The Dream Protocol series. Early in her career, Adara was fascinated by dreams, the unconscious, and the healing stories of many cultures. As a contemporary author, she writes young adult literature that brings ancient myths and legends into futuristic worlds. She is an accomplished visual artist and uses her background as a psychotherapist to inspire the finest and darkest moments of her characters.
Driven to distraction by her computer, Adara writes all of her stories longhand. Pen and paper are two of her favorite things. The author tortures her husband with a passion for downtempo electronica and too many pillows. She is a firm beleiver that there are never enough pillows.