I thoroughly enjoyed Matt Watters futuristic part-dystopian novel Dream Phaze Germination. There is an edgy moral dilemma woven through the story and in some ways it is for the reader to decide whether dream immersion is a good or bad technology. This book would really appeal to gamers and techno-geeks. I would certainly recommend this for fans of futuristic sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian novels. 5-star review from author of 2084 - End of Days, Derek Beaugarde April 14, 2021 on Goodreads - Read the full review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3855085943?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1
A fast-paced yet startlingly realistic look at the sort of technology everyone in the dreampunk community is waiting for. It's like VR but indistinguishable from reality… and it's coming. Are we ready? 5-star review from author and editor of Mirrormaze - A Dreampunk Anthology, Cliff Jones Jr April 30, 2021 on Goodreads - Read the full review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3934422692?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1
Science fiction fans will revel in this high-stakes, character-driven thriller that careens through an imaginative future of manufactured dreams. Watters masterfully pits Saxon’s most closely held values against one another for a page-turning thriller. Readers will delight in the world Watters has created. A-rated Review from Booklife.com Oct 2020 - Read the full review- https://booklife.com/project/dream-phaze-germination-50246
Watters allows the short vignettes containing various users experiencing Dream Immersion to unroll at regular intervals, allowing readers to glimpse into futuristic possibilities. He gracefully interweaves intricate world building with a swiftly moving plot and intriguing storyline. This is a must-read for fans of hard SF. 5-star review by Litandcoffee on Goodreads Nov 30, 2020. Read the full review:
Overall this book is a fun, interesting, and an enjoyable read that I would highly recommend. One of my most interesting takeaways from reading this novel is exploring issues regarding the adaption of advancing technology in relation to human ethics and morality. Themes involving organic versus technological human growth resonated strongly for me. 5-star review by SIMarie Sept 28, 2020 on Goodreads. Read the full review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3545161836?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1
Imaginatively conceived and deftly executed…Watters concept of Dream Immersion enabling the user to visit the past and future to fulfill their own fantasies is unsettling and thoroughly convincing, and he employs it skillfully to emphasize themes of ethics and moral issues when it comes to technology advancement. 5-star review from BooksCoffee Nov 26, 2020 on Goodreads - Read the full review - - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3664726958
Dream Phaze - Germination is an intriguing sci-fi novel that makes “Be careful what you wish for” a double-edged reality. The premise is unique and relatable–what if everything you wished for became a reality?–and is worthy of two or three reads. This one is for sci-fi fans craving substance and well-crafted characters. 4-star review.
An incredibly interesting plot, enticing characters, and definitely a hard sci-fi book for lovers of the genre. Watters' attention to detail and the ability to write with such fascinating ease to the genre made for a really enjoyable read.
There was something about this book that felt very abstract and ephemeral (much like a dream itself) and I really think it worked. 4-star review by Hannah B. Aug 31, 2020 on Goodreads. Read the full review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3524919512?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1
Well-written and immediately engaging, ‘Dream Phaze’ clips along at an almost breakneck pace. The main narrative is broken up by a series of vignettes offering readers a glimpse into just how powerful a Dream Immersion experience can be. 4-star review by James W. August 28, 2020 on Goodreads. Read the full review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3519237742?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1
DREAM PHAZE blew me away and ever since reading it I have been thinking of its intricate and detailed story...you know you have come across an incredible story when you are thinking of it when you have a million things to do. 5-star review.
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I can't wait to see where this
story goes, I'm hooked!
Stefan P. November 2018
Review by Dan Mileman, May 6, 2019 on Barnes and Noble.com -
DREAM PHAZE is something that stands eager and impressive, and entirely on its own.
Dana W. August 2018
Refreshing storytelling. Stories within a story. I like the multi-layered approach.
Jay H. January 2019
It's easy. This is a great read.
Mike T. May 2018
I like the characters, yet it is plot driven set in a near future where dreams are full on, realistic experiences. I would love to live in this future!
Juan G. July 2018
DREAM PHAZE is an impressive story overall, I like it. I could see
this as a streaming or TV series.
Rhonda B. June 2018
A future where dreams are mainstream entertainment, great premise for a story.
Haru K. June 2018
I like DREAM PHAZE because it takes place in a 'normal' near future, not too dystopian, not utopian. This story could actually happen.
Tamara H. April 2018
I was given Dream Phaze – Germination as a Xmas present and thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked that it’s set within real world parameters. It’s not Terminator or Westworld (TV series), it could happen in 30 years. Two thumbs up.
Bin H. January 2020
The author has created a believable universe where literally anything can happen. Recommended reading.
Anoushka N. November 2019