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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Dream Phaze: Germination by Matt Watters is a sci-fi tale that delves into the alternate world of virtual reality. At the core of this story is Dr. Saxon Zynn. With the help of his wife, Zynn is about to launch his brainchild, the Dream Immersion, which allows users to enter worlds that used to exist only in dreams and imagination. From experiencing history to inhabiting video games, Zynn is on the brink of commercializing his venture into a global business. However, his project is not without critics and opposition, for his product has considerable ramifications. And if those with authority refuse approval, everything that he had worked for will be for naught. Zynn and his wife will have to weigh the pros and cons of Dream Immersion.
Matt Watters has created a novel that touches on a very pressing theme. We live in a world of excess and today’s digital media continue to allow us to act in ways where most of us do not even consider the responsibility that goes with it. That is what Dream Phaze is all about, and this may well be the inevitable future that we could be facing. It is a bizarre mixture of science fiction, mind games, corporate politics, pop psychology, wild images, and questions of absolutes. For all its world-building and technical jargon, it is also a story where we care about the characters and find the storyline thought-provoking. Watters makes sure that there is a lot at stake, and this keeps you involved. I consider it to be one of the best sci-fi novels I have read this year. Watters’s narrative is ingenious in the way he presents the concept of virtual reality. His ominous interpretation is what gives it value. For all the fair warnings it presents, it remains seductive in its prose and style.