With “Irradiance,” David Bruns takes the world of fantasy and sci-fi by storm in this first book in The Dream Guild Chronicles. Set on the somewhat-dystopic planet of Sindra, “Irradiance” focuses on the life of Maribel, who lives with her partner Reese and their twins, Gideon and Sariah. The citizens of Sindra follow strict edicts and believe that “The mind is the true voice of a Citizen,” in accordance with which they communicate via telepathy, and crystals implanted in their foreheads allow them to connect to the community’s Network. As an astrophysicist, Maribel specializes in habitable planet identification, and her work soon uncovers startling truths that will have an undeniable impact on her planet’s future. However, this discovery forces her to make difficult choices, with her family’s life is on the line.
“Irradiance” is an imaginative journey into the realm of science fiction. In contrast to its predecessor, “The Dream Guild,” this book is for an adult audience due to the intriguing complexity of the plot. Science, particularly astrophysics and psionics, plays a dominant role in the story. Although the scientific discussions and concepts are rife throughout the story, Bruns effectively explains the theories and ideas, making them understandable for adult readers. “Irradiance” draws readers in with a thrilling plotline and fast-paced action, especially during the second half of the book, and it is reminiscent of such classics as “1984” and “Brave New World.” Beware, however, because Big Brother is watching, and the cliffhanger ender will have readers clamoring for the next book in the series!
I received a copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review.