I recently read Irradiance: The Dream Guild Chronicles Book One by David Bruns.
While I have always preferred fantasy over science fiction, the premise of this book was too tempting not to read. A world that has done away with touching and affection in an attempt to filter out genetic imperfections is quite fascinating.
The writing is so impressive that I was immediately attached to and felt connected with the main family of characters. I waited impatiently for their eyes to fully open about what was going on around them and I held my breath as they made their plans to escape.
I did get a bit confused in the end as so much seemed to happen so quickly, but I was definitely entranced by the plot. I'm anxious to read more of the story!
To read it for yourself, follow this link.
Here is some biographical information, with the author’s permission.
I always knew I’d be a writer—someday.
I grew up on a small farm in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. We didn’t have a TV, so my reading habit gradually grew into a reading obsession. After high school, I was accepted to the United States Naval Academy where I earned a Bachelors of Science in Honors English (That’s not a typo. I’m probably the only English major you’ll ever meet who had to take multiple semesters of calculus, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, naval architecture and weapons systems just so I could get to read some Shakespeare. It was totally worth it.)
I spent six years as a commissioned officer in the nuclear-powered submarine force chasing Russian submarines. Then the Cold War ended and I became a civilian. For the next two decades, I schlepped my way around the globe as an itinerant executive in the high-tech sector, and even did a stint with a Silicon Valley startup.
In 2013, I took a break from corporate life and wrote a book. I enjoyed it so much that I wrote another (better) book, the first in a series. For the writer in me, my “someday” is today.
My wife and I are self-confessed travel junkies. We’re immensely proud of the fact that both our children had to get extra pages in their passports in order to fit all their visa stamps. Together, we’ve visited over two dozen different countries and almost all fifty states, but Minnesota is home.
Irradiance: The Dream Guild Chronicles – Book One, available on Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00IRG97SK
The origin story of the Dream Guild starts on the planet Sindra in a dystopian society called the Community, living on borrowed time. Then one brave scientist learns the truth and decides to take matters into her own hands.
Sight: The Dream Guild Chronicles – Book Two, available on Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00KLQ6AB6
A refugee of Sindra tries to make a new life among a clan of superstitious hunter-gatherers by offering them the ability to dream.
The Dream Guild, available on Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00E18A54I
A sci-fi/fantasy adventure story about two friends caught in a cross-galaxy battle complete with superpowers, inter-dimensional space travel and dreams, lots of dreams.
The Collector: A Short Story, available on my website: http://davidbruns.com/
An Internet-age bounty hunter gets more than he bargained for when he starts a personal collection of trophies.