The Advent of Dreamtech

A Post-Apocalyptic First Contact Epic (Dreamworms Book 1)

Fiction - Science Fiction
372 Pages
Reviewed on 11/09/2021
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Advent of Dreamtech: A Post-Apocalyptic First Contact Epic is a work of fiction in the science fiction subgenre, and was penned by author Isaac Petrov. Written as the opening novel to the Dreamworms series, the work is best suited to the adult reading audience but is moderate in its content and contains only a few explicit words. In a novel that deals with many different concepts, we see the titular Dreamtech being used for the central characters (and indeed the reader) to glimpse a world on the point of total collapse. In a time when the hyper-religious rule in a supposed utopia that is, in fact, only a step away from extinction, the stakes are high for the future of humanity: one woman and the alien she meets may hold the key to life – or death.

Isaac Petrov promises no-bull science fiction, which is exactly what we see delivered in The Advent of Dreamtech. Petrov has crafted a straight-talking story with a fast-paced plot that introduces readers to a bevy of interesting concepts and new storytelling devices that turn the idea of seeing dreams into a post-apocalyptic nightmare. I particularly enjoyed the dark psychology and emotional exploration of the Alien Master section of the story, which was totally fascinating and wove itself back into the main ideas of the plot in such interesting ways. Overall, I would recommend The Advent of Dreamtech to science fiction readers seeking exciting new concepts, fast-paced writing, and epic settings with plenty of danger and intrigue in every chapter.

Vincent Dublado

Dreamworms Book 1 presents The Advent of Dreamtech: A Post-Apocalyptic First Contact Epic. Author Isaac Petrov takes us to the distant time of 2399 for the background story where the world we now know has long been thrown into decay in the aftermath of a deadly pandemic. Those who survive learn to adapt to a short lifespan, and a rural utopia is built to provide equilibrium for the uninhabitable places. In 2515, a historian named Ximena attended a history seminar by Professor Keni Miyagi about a historical event called the second collapse, where humanity came close to extinction. Part of the lesson is watching the life and times of Edda Van Dolah, a hero during her time who is highly esteemed for the merits of her legacy. But as Ximena gets immersed in the story of Van Dolah, she will discover unsettling revisionism, one that will make her question everything that she believes in.

The Advent of Dreamtech reminds me of the film Inception. Like the movie, this novel is all about the process of fighting one’s way through layers of dreams as these become connected to reality. Isaac Petrov pens a breathtaking narrative. Here, you are sure about the relationship between dream time and real time. In the hands of a less skillful writer, a storyline dealing with layers upon layers of dreams could prove disastrous. I can only guess that it took Petrov an intense degree of concentration to put it all together so well. The Advent of Dreamtech works for the reader because even if we live in the present, our contemporary social, political, and environmental issues continuously give us caveats of what our future would look like, and the future society that Petrov illustrates here may well be the one we grow into. This is a must-read for anyone looking for a science fiction tale with an unforgettable plotline.

Stephanie Chapman

The Advent of DreamTech is a science-fiction story featuring Ximena Epullan’s experience in The Global Program. Led by Kenji Miyagi, a revered historian, the universities of Lundev and Townsend have been invited to test a new Dreamnet invention. Ximena arrives late and ends up sitting among Lundev students instead of being among her fellow Townsend Classmates. Miyagi begins the seminar and his invention creates a scene that focuses on Edda Van Dolah. Edda had been accredited with a major change in increasing the life-spans of humans after the Dem-Pandemic. Edda is against the Joyousday Ceremonies where the sacrifice of people occurred once they reached their 27th birthday. The people believed that this sacrifice prevented Dem from occurring and prevented the Pandemic. As Edda faces trials to stop the ceremonies, Ximena seems to psychologically link with her and feel the same emotions and pain. Isaac Petrov includes three novellas that continue the suspense.

Isaac Petrov’s The Advent of Dreamtech was done in a way that I have never seen before. The people involved were induced to dream collectively yet it appeared as though they were conscious. The most interesting feature was that despite Edda being a prominent person in history, alien involvement with her life was described in deep detail. I wondered how Miyagi was able to access the information when the aliens were insistent that their existence was not to be revealed. This gave me doubts that Ximena’s idolization of Miyagi would stay intact. Edda was my favorite character with her determination to speak her mind. She was strong-willed and when she faced an obstacle, she could become very persuasive in getting assistance. The pace of the story balances perfectly, with the perspectives switching between Ximena’s observations and Edda’s actions. The three novellas seamlessly transition, and the last one ends with a cliffhanger that has a complete twist. I recommend this science-fiction collection to anyone who enjoys futuristic learning with adventurous characters.

Rabia Tanveer

The Advent of Dreamtech: A Post-Apocalyptic First Contact Epic is the first novel in the Dreamworms series by Isaac Petrov. Set in the year 2399, Earth has almost collapsed under the strain of a deadly disease. Only a select few have survived it, but with terrible consequences and outlook. Our protagonist, Ximena, is an aspiring historian who is eager to learn about human history. Professor Miyagi is a brilliant man who uses something revolutionary to teach his students about the past. The Dreamtech is a strange technology that is quite dangerous, but when Ximena gets a taste of the past, she is hungry for more. A lot happened to humanity before it was doomed for failure, and Ximena has a front-row seat.

Hardly any science fiction novel has ever held my attention like The Advent of Dreamtech did. Author Isaac Petrov is a master storyteller with an incredible grip on creating believable scenarios. The narrative is richly detailed and made to grab the attention of readers. Hardcore fans of science fiction will love this story for many reasons. While I am no hardcore sci-fi reader, I do appreciate a good story. The author has done his due diligence before writing the story, and you can tell by reading the first few chapters. Isaac Petrov creates believable scenarios with a gripping concept of the future. The concept of dream tech is explored remarkably well. The way we get dreams within dreams is an eye-opening experience. While Ximena is a protagonist of the story, I believe the actual plot is the true hero. It is engaging, detailed, descriptive in the right amount, and very well constructed. For the first time, I look forward to a sequel to a science fiction novel.