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{March 23, 2012}   {Review} The Dream Metropolis by Miles Cressman

From Amazon: The Dream Metropolis is a science fiction novel that posits the idea of dreams becoming reality, and reality fading away into obscurity. It explores the relationship people have between their real lives and the escape that only dreams can provide.

The Dream Metropolis delves deeper into the mechanics of dreaming, all inside of an abstract, ever-changing city of dreams. The people inside this artificial dream world see everything before them as real, even though they do not know they are dreaming of each other, of other real people.

They are part of a project that works to exploit their limitless, dreaming imagination in an attempt to separate the mind from the body forever, to create a real world inside of the mind.

Although, not everyone wants to dream forever.

Warning: A good deal of explicit content, not intended for younger readers.


Cressman’s novel is very well written and reads a lot like a dream, converging ideas within one another and connecting characters as an unseen corporation begins creating a world within the dreams of many.  Honestly, I’m a little slow when it comes to complex ideas like these, and so I struggled to wrap my mind around much of what was happening within the novel, especially in the beginning, but Cressman does a great job keeping the reader on top of the story, and by the end I understood the whole premise of the novel.  I have to admit, it reminded me of the intricacies of Inception, and though both The Dream Metropolis and Inception deal with dreams, they are completely different.  While there is tampering of dreams in both, I actually liked this book’s premise more than that of Inception (I didn’t understand that movie at all).  And yet, I think those who really enjoyed Inception will love this novel, especially as Cressman’s writing is superb, though complex.  Four stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.


This books sounds very intriguing. I loved Inception and I think the idea of dream “worlds” is fascinating. Thanks for reviewing it!

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