Diary entry, September 7, 3077.
Today they took Flynn. It happened in class and when the Medical Director and his Dream Drones came in. I knew who they were after. Because they saw him at the ritual and realized he was different. Flynn! I told you to leave. But you wouldn’t. Because you wanted to be there for me. And what good can I do for you now? They know that you’re aging faster than normal. And everyone here hates the old people. It will be so easy for them to hurt you, Flynn. So easy.
I wanted to stop that Medical Director and his soldiers. I stood up in my chair and demanded to know what you had done wrong. But they didn’t need a reason. They were Ministry and that was enough. And when they hit you with the ‘Mare, you were just gone, lost in some nightmare that I couldn’t see. I was so afraid for you. Afraid for what you saw. But that’s how it is under the Ministry. Break the rules and you’re punished. Tell the truth and you’re punished. What did Flynn see and what are they doing to him on the medical unit?
I have to get him out of there! But who would help me? I can’t talk to my parents. They’re Dream Makers and technically working for the Ministry. Da told me to stay away from Flynn anyway. But how can I when he’s the only good thing in this place?
Wait, I’ve got it! That man we saw this morning. Cashel. The man with the pony tail. Flynn thought he was underground. What if he is? Would he help me? He didn’t seem very interested in helping his buddy. Hmm. Maybe I could get something on him. Or tell him I’ll turn him in if he doesn’t help me. Yeah! That could work. If anyone can help me break into the medical unit, it’s the underground. Goodnight diary. It’s not a great plan, but its something.
About The Dream Protocol: Descent
The Dream Protocol: Descent
by Adara Flynn Quick
Publication date: May 18th 2016
Genres: Dystopia, 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.
About the Author
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.