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.
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Flynn pulled Deirdre aside and said, “Can we hold off on going to class for a sec? I want to talk about Blue Sky. Outside the holo room.”
Deirdre replied, “Sure.” She moved closer to him so they could speak in a whisper without being heard by the other students.
Flynn looked in her hazel eyes and whispered, “Dee. What if we do get out of here? What do you want for yourself? On the surface.”
She said, “It’s operation Blue Sky, isn’t it? I want to find it. See it with my own eyes and not through some data packets transmitted through the Ministry. And Maeve told me about grass. I want to see that too and feel it between my toes. It’s green. Did you know?”
Flynn smiled. He felt good about being so near to her. Feeling her breath against him was exhilarating. “You do have cute toes,” he said.
Deirdre blushed a little and said, “What about you, Flynn? What do you want when we get out there?”
Flynn reached out and brushed a strand of hair away from her face. For a moment, he looked tenderly into her eyes. Then he looked down and took a deep breath. In halting words he said. “What do I want? What I want is…”
But then a group of Matchers passed by on their way to class and one of the boys deliberately bumped into Flynn, their shoulders hitting hard against each other. In an instant Flynn’s eyes shifted from sky blue to the dark, hard blue of a thunderstorm. The Matchers moved on and laughed.
Deirdre pulled back a little; Flynn could be unpredictable when his eyes turned like that. And she wanted sky blue Flynn back. So she reached out to him with a soothing voice and said, “Come on. Let’s get to class. They don’t matter, remember?”
It didn’t always work, but this time it did. The clouds drew back and Flynn smiled again. “You’re right. Come on then.” The two of them headed to class.
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.
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