Our Dried Voices by Greg Hickey [Non-Spoilers Mini-Review]

Title: Our Dried Voices

Author(s): Greg Hickey

Pages count: ~150 pages

Publisher: Scribe Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781940368931

Rating: 2 stars

A digital copy of this book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Premise taken off GoodReads:

“In 2153, cancer was cured. In 2189, AIDS. And in 2235, the last members of the human race traveled to a far distant planet called Pearl to begin the next chapter of humanity.

Several hundred years after their arrival, the remainder of humanity lives in a utopian colony in which every want is satisfied automatically, and there is no need for human labor, struggle or thought. But when the machines that regulate the colony begin to malfunction, the colonists are faced with a test for the first time in their existence.

With the lives of the colonists at stake, it is left to a young man named Samuel to repair these breakdowns and save the colony. Aided by his friend Penny, Samuel rises to meet each challenge. But he soon discovers a mysterious group of people behind each of these problems, and he must somehow find and defeat these saboteurs in order to rescue his colony.”

I went into this book with high expectations; the world it promised, the intriguing plot and the thought-provoking description of society made this book a decent contender to be as good as classics like Animal Farm. The story promised to be a social criticism with a twist and it sadly felt short, losing the point of the story along the way and being incredibly tedious to get through.

I did finish the book because it isn’t very long but I did skim through a chapter or two. The story begins very well; I sped through the first 50-or-so pages. It kept me reading and all the facts it gives about the future are very interesting but as I got deeper into the book I started to lose interest real soon.

The story has little dialogue and I usually would’ve been fine by that but the author didn’t execute it effectively enough. It was interesting to see how the main character changed his thought process and to see how he slowly was able to feel love for a fellow human. If you guys are interested on the evolutionary process of the human race, give it a try but I did not enjoy it.

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