Our Dried Voices

Our Dried Voices In cancer was cured In AIDS And in 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

  • Title: Our Dried Voices
  • Author: Greg Hickey
  • ISBN: 9781940368931
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.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.

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    1. Greg Hickey

      Greg Hickey was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1985 After graduating from Pomona College in 2008, he played and coached baseball in Sweden and South Africa He is now a forensic scientist, endurance athlete and award winning writer He lives in Chicago with his wife, Lindsay.

    647 thoughts on “Our Dried Voices”

    1. Short update note: This book has really stuck with me. I think that it is the kind of story it helps to have a little time to absorb. I suspect it will be underrated because it is unlike many stories and might in that sense make it difficult for some readers to get comfortable (and many may set it down early on without finishing it). I hope that folks give it a chance though - it is one of the more memorable books I read this year.This was a curious book. There is very little spoken out loud thr [...]


    2. REVIEW UP @ THEBOOKISHGOD.WORDPRESSI 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 cha [...]


    3. Humanity's main problems in this particular dystopian novel come in the form of overpopulation and too much coddling. Emphasis on the coddling. Two hundred years from now, after many trials and tribulations, mankind sends a colony ship to an exoplanet. At least three or four hundred years after that (exact time never given) the Pearl colony consists of people who are much like the Eloi of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine but with no Morlocks in sight. They are fed, clothed, and cleaned up after by h [...]


    4. koeur.wordpress/2015/02/0Publisher: ScribePublishing Date: November 2014ISBN: 9781940368931 Genre: SciFiRating: 3.5/5Publisher Description: 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, stru [...]


    5. I won this book in a giveaway contest through , and it took me a while to get to, a delay which I regretted, once I began. Accept that there is almost no dialogue. That's the point, thus the title.This science fiction novel presupposes the continued technological progression of humanity, an optimistic view which requires the suspension of disbeliefbut then, that IS what science fiction is all about.As medical and scientific advances promise a bright future, humanity's progressive reliance on the [...]


    6. anaslair.wordpress/2015/0Our Dried Voices first presents us to a chronology depicting the evolution of current day society into one which, amongst a couple more world wars, actually manages some great achievements like a practical use to non pollutant energy sources and the cure of numerous diseases from the common cold to cancer and HIV. However, after centuries of abuse of our planet, it continues to degenerate, and mankind is forced to seek out an alternative to our planet. The chronology end [...]


    7. My Thoughts:This is a very unique book, which had me hooked from the beginning. From the first page, we learn that all our worst diseases have been cured, humans have moved on to a new planet and a utopia created. They want for nothing, fear nothing and are living the life of luxury. They've lived this way so long that they have begun to literally not want for anything. Each day they queue for meals when a bell tolls to tell them. They have lost their free will, their ability to see things for w [...]


    8. In a future utopia, omni-racial men and women live in a society in which all of their basic needs are provided for, as clear and certain as clockwork. Then, one day, some of the machines break down.I wasn't sure what to expect heading into this book. It began with a long chronology of the future, which type of list I typically skip through. (I actually did in this case, and I don't feel it added or took away from the reading experience which was otherwise excellent.) When the story opens, one of [...]


    9. Dystopian implications for our advancing technologyOur Dried Voices begins with a timeline of events spanning the next two and a half centuries, giving the reader a unique in-depth look into how this fictional colony comes into being. With diseases cured and most essential needs automatically taken care of, this book paints a dreary picture of what an automated, futuristic world would mean for the complex minds of humans. I felt a Philip K. Dick vibe from the writing style and concept of this bo [...]


    10. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.While the premise of the book is a good one, I felt that it was not properly developed. It is hard to believe that with all the scientific/medical progress described in the first chapter, whether it is eradicating cancer or Parkinson's disease, that a civilization capable of those breakthroughs would end up on another planet behaving basically like sheep. As a few people develop enough curiosity to question how their new world works [...]


    11. Wow. As a life-time lover of reading, it's not often that I come across a book that's completely different from anything else I've ever read. Our Dried Voices was like that for me. Completely unique.The concept is compelling and thought-provoking. Although the end is satisfying, I still find myself thinking about the story days later. The novel is well-written; it reads like a classic.Highly recommend!


    12. Cancer was cured in 2153, AIDS in 2189, and the last members of the human race travelled to another planet called Pearl far, far away in 2235 to begin the next chapter of humanity. A couple of hundred years later, what remains of humanity lives in a little utopian colony. Life is simple, easy. Eat, sleap, be, repeat. No work, no struggle, no thinking, no nothing. Machines regulate the whole colony. But what if these machines malfunction? Enter Samuel. He takes it upon himself to repair the break [...]


    13. This book starts off with a chronology. It feels like I'm reading a prediction! Maybe it's because I like science- though I actually think it's because everything Hickey writes down on that list, up until the 'present day', seems absolutely plausible- and even in that time span he set out, which, to be honest, isn't too far away for us (even though there's no chance we'll still be alive then- I'll be, like, over 130 years old and I do not wish to get that wrinkly).Honestly, I felt like such a li [...]


    14. I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Our Dried Voices was an OK read. It was hard to describe my thoughts without spoilers, so here goes.This book fits in my current sci-fi/space travel mood, and I was intrigued by what all could possibly go wrong in this utopian, new world colony. The storyline was interesting, keeping my attention until the last page. The book opens with a chrono [...]


    15. Our Dried VoicesBy Greg HickeyOur Dried Voices is set in the future on a distant planet. Humanity has called the planet Pearl home for several centuries, but the technological abilities that were used to accomplish this seem well beyond the intellectual abilities of those who live in the colony. The people of the colony remind me of the Eloi, of H.G. Wells Time Machine. Not that they are in any way a duplicate of the Eloi, but rather they are simple and emotion seems entirely lacking. They've al [...]


    16. Horrible life-threatening killer diseases now have antidotes & can be eradicated. In 2235, Scientific, Space Travel & technical inventions are being produced at a rapid rate. Earth is coming to an end. Destructive weather & climate conditions have wreaked havoc. Numerous plants & animals are now extinct. From 2225-2227 Pearl Voyager III & 56 other Pearl Voyager’s spacecraft’s transport remaining humans to the new Pearl Colony. Samuel meets Penny & the 2 become very go [...]


    17. There was a lot about this book that seemed unique and interesting. The premise of a time in the future when disease is cured and the present day problems do not exist. But while the book takes place so far in the future, there are so many parallels that can be drawn to present day and the social climate that exists in the United States. Characters at times seem apathetic, with very few being willing to do any work to make sure things continue to work as they have come to expect. The concept of [...]


    18. In the futuristic setting of “Our Dried Voices” the Earth as we know it has been used up and is slowly running out of space and resources, since many of the diseases that plague us now have been cured. Scientists and astronauts have worked together to try and find an alternate planet to populate. This is achieved in the twenty-second century, when the planet “Pearl” is discovered. A new colony is formed and generations later, people still live blissfully. When things start going “wrong [...]


    19. This book was both remarkably hopeful and remarkably depressing. The Colony felt extremely similar to that described in The Time Machine, however the similarities ended there. The chronology was a wonderful story in itself, setting the backdrop for the present and expanding on what man is capable of. Humanity is on the verge of achieving the things Hickey proposes, giving the impression that the future he creates is most definitely a possibility for future generations and leaving the reader witi [...]


    20. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Pump Up Your Book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. Thanks for the copy! All are my own opinion and is not compensated by any individual, organization, or company. This might contain minor spoilers.Our Dried Voices is a dystopian story of human colonization in another planet called Pearl. The story narrates the mechanical life of Samuel as he gradually changes and realizes the different hamartias in his colony and how he [...]


    21. I enjoyed the book very much, but it has its problems. The book is well written and a very easy to read style, almost simplistic. However, it is its simplicity that makes it powerful. As much as I enjoyed the read, it does have a few problems, but non are fatal and they do not truly hurt the story. The story line is not original and if you have watched a few dystopian movies, then you know the tale. Even with the well trod story line, Hickey does a nice job with what he wrote. The characters are [...]


    22. I received this book as a first-reads giveaway. What would happen to human society if all our struggle and strife were removed? No disease. Our food, clothing and shelter provided for us. No conflict. What if this state of affairs was to continue for centuries? Would humans better themselves or fall into a state of ignorant, listless complacency? That is the question Our Dried Voices explores.I really liked this book. It explores some interesting what-if ideas as well as some moral questions but [...]


    23. I went into this book with extremely high expectations, and whilst I wasn't met with what I had originally envisioned as to what this book would be like, it was still an interesting read with a loud and clear message that screamed at you across every page. The simpleness of some of this novel was extremely in-character and made sense for the setting and plot, but it was often frustrating to read and I found it rather descriptive in some places. I liked the main character, Samuel, and his friend [...]


    24. Just when you think human nature has evolved along with the trials and tribulations of life and vast experiance comes "Our Dried Voices" a story that tells how humanity expanded and relocated amongst the stars to escape its short sighted eventual demise. After wonderous achievements in science, medicine, and human evolution, human kind relocates a group to a near by world "Pearl" to colonize and begin anew with all that it has learned about progress.This book will catch you early on, it sets the [...]


    25. I thoroughly enjoyed Our Dried Voices. The book explores a utopia-turned-dystopia in which individual human thought is no longer a requirement for survival; all basic needs including food, hydration and shelter are provided, and humans live out their days void of illness and disease. The novel is woven with threads extending beyond the book's direct plot, extending into themes pervasive in today’s society such as conformity, apathy, and idleness. I couldn't help but think about how the implica [...]


    26. The concept of Our Dried Voices really hooked me - especially the first chapter. I loved the explanation of how the humans and science had evolved, first for the better (with the curing of all diseases, hunger etc.) and then for the worse (with humanity losing its curiosity - and essentially what it means to be human).I also really liked how there were mystery elements - who was controlling everything and why? Who was leaving the clues? There could have been more dialogue - especially between th [...]


    27. Parts of this novel are brilliant. In the future, most genetic diseases and infections have been cured, the planet is overrun with people and global warming has wiped out many cities. Our search for another home has been successful, the planet Pearl. Here is where the situation gets sticky, the colonists are much like the "Eloi" in Well's Time Machine, blindly following bell sounds to go through their daily routines. When the routines start falling apart, most just go into survival mode, while S [...]


    28. This was an amazing, engaging and wholly original book, I was so engrossed in the storyline and the characters and became way too emotional involved. Where this type of book usually falls down is in the ending but this was a very satisfying finale. I think the only thing I have against it was the extremely long timeline at the beginning of the book, although I realise this is important to setting up the book I think it could have been made a little shorter.


    29. I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.It took me about halfway into the book before I got interested, but then I was able to get into the book. However, I was a bit disappointed in the ending - I wish it had some more substance.


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