Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dillion's Dream: Water and Earth by Dr. Shawn Phillips

Dillon's Dream: Water and Earth is set in modern day United States in a quiet town. Dillon and his friends are making their way through high school using their fantasy game as a way of bonding together. While walking home one day, Dillon is hit by a car, or what he thought was a car at the time, and wakes up in an infirmary on the moon. There he is confronted with many new and strange things. He learns that there are other intelligent species in the universe and that one of the oldest ones have taken him in. Through a course of events he ends up on a mission with his best friends where their fantasy game becomes a reality as they travel to a new planet in hope of recovering a stolen artifact from a Mulshin deserter. They face many hardships along their journey and their skills are put to the test in an epic survival of the fittest where magic is real and it will kill you if you don't fight back.

Personally, I didn't like the book until I read it a second time. The first time through, I felt that it was rather confusing to the reader and the events in the beginning of the story didn't flow as much as they could of. Dillon's sudden jump from being a normal boy, living out an average life, to living with another race on a space station was rather abrupt, but that's ok. I think that's how the author wanted it to seem. However, what I have problems with is the time period in between Dillon waking up in the infirmary and actually training his team. The book could be a little clearer on how he gained an immense amount of knowledge, if not skill, of the martial art that they train in. Once they get to the new planet however, the book becomes much more interesting and flows better. Reading through the book a second time a couple weeks after the first time through also helped to clarify some of the more confusing points and revealed some of the metaphors and allegories to prejudice in our world. I can't wait to see how the second book of the trilogy develops.

Reviewer Age:16
Reviewer City, State and Country: Berwyn Heights, Maryland United States of America

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