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The Wolf of Descarta (Dream Box #1)

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Jaren Reese is just another red collar trapped at the bottom of Descarta’s genetic caste system. But in the Dream Box, he has forged a new digital identity for himself: Balmus, the Wolf Knight.

Balmus has long since carried a torch for the Linker Petra, but he doesn’t know her, not really. Outside of the Dream Box she is just another one of his fantasies. But Brea Morgen is
Paperback, 1st edition, 444 pages
Published November 20th 2013 by Zharmae (first published November 19th 2013)
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Nov 21, 2013 Mike rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This was a remarkably descriptive dystopian sci-fi adventure that you will need a map, some notes, and possibly a chart or two to keep up with! Multiple layers, upon layers, upon, layers of plot twists intertwine through a large cast of characters and several planes of existence to weave together a story that will leave you wanting to know what will happen next.

The book manages to toss around some hefty concepts such as sentience, f
Kathryn Svendsen
This was a very complex novel. The characters live in two realities – the Meat Space, where they live physically; and the Dream Box, which is an online game in which their rendering lives. There are two classes of people, those who wear the blue collar and those who wear the red collar. The blue collars have the better jobs, better lives in the Meat Space. The red collars have the jobs on the lowest end of the economic scale. They live in poverty and their lives are very difficult. In the Dream ...more
Rochelle Green
Nov 26, 2013 Rochelle Green rated it it was amazing
The Wolf of Descarta was a great ride that left my mind whirling with all the various questions that arose - can machines attain sentience and be considered living things? Can man become machine?

There are a flurry of mind-boggling ideas in this book and they were all balanced so well as to not be cumbersome, becoming part of the backdrop at times, and a backdrop of psychic/machine-world-melded/phantasmagoria impels the coolest of stories with ease. Nothing feels forced, even though when you thi
Jul 29, 2015 Corinne rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi was provided with a free review copy.

I want to start by saying that I teetered constantly between 4 and 5 stars for this book, my opinion changing from page to page. I think this will easily be a five star in many, if not most, readers’ opinions. There was just something that kept me from absolutely reaching the five star step. If that step isn’t clearly within my mind, I tend to stay at 4 stars.

There were many aspects about this book that I found to be fantastic, with many
Dec 26, 2013 Chené rated it really liked it
Shelves: tours-arc-s, fantasy
Wow what a complicated and intense book. There are two worlds: the Dream Box and the meat space (to me it meant reality). This is a full on fantasy book and anyone who is a gamer would truly appreciate this book. It took me a while to really get into the book since it is so complex. I felt like I needed a notebook to keep track of a characters and who was who. The book had a gamer / matrix movie feel to it. It took me much longer to read this book than I expected as I battled with the format ...more
Sep 10, 2016 Lelith rated it it was amazing
The Wolf of Descarta is an amazingly detailed, fast-paced and intriguing novel from Daniel Pike. Many other reviewers have already stated that it is full of plot twists and turns - and it is - which makes it a true delight to read. I was enthralled from the very first page and I was never disappointed. With many Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels, there tend to be peaks and valleys in the pace of the story which can cause the reader to lose momentum as they go. The Wolf of Descarta isn’t saturated with ...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
WOW! Where to start with this? OK, so first thing is this is NOT a light book. You need to concentrate on everything - the plot, the characters, the layers upon layers of intrigue, confusion and double talk. Although this book is set in a completely different world with a completely different storyline, there are elements of this which remind me strongly of George Orwell's 1984. It is not a short book either but rather an epic saga in one book.

This story is hardcore Sci Fi and, at the risk of m
J.B. Rockwell
Sep 10, 2014 J.B. Rockwell rated it really liked it
Dystopian sci-fi with a fantasy cover! I'll admit I went in thinking this would be a hardcore fantasy novel based solely on the cover and was surprised to find it's sci-fi through and through. As the other reviews note, this is a complex story with a lot going on, so you definitely need to pay attention. But since when is that a bad thing? Wolf of Descarta tells the story of Jaren Reese - a lower caste garbage man in a bleak future where the only escape is the Dreambox. The Dreambox is a ...more
Loren Weaver
Aug 04, 2014 Loren Weaver rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The Wolf of Descarta is the first in the Dreambox series by Daniel Pike and is a sci-fi adventure not for the faint of heart!

Take our world years from now when humans are scattered to the ends of the galaxy to colonize other planets. Add a caste system based on intelligence and a personalized video game system that fully integrates you into the program. You have the Dreambox.

Jaren Reese, a lower class garbage man, can be a hero in the Dreambox, and is a natural leader. When tragedy strikes the D
S.L. Eaves
Sep 29, 2014 S.L. Eaves rated it it was amazing
Based on the cover and the opening scene I thought this was a fantasy book set in medieval times, turns out it's a futuristic sci-fi about a protagonist, Jaren Reese, who's real world is so bleak he relies heavily on the escapism provided by a "Dream Box." Immersed the Dream Box, Jaren is a warrior in an alternate reality where he has the power and influence he wishes he held in the real world. Events occur that draw him back into reality and he learns that maybe he can be the hero in the real ...more
Marian York
Mar 03, 2015 Marian York rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
I really enjoyed this book. It's not predictable for the most part and I've been pretty sick of books recently because of their predictability.

It goes without saying that this book isn't for everyone, but as a gamer, nerd, and sci-fi/fantasy fan, this was amazing. Pike's writing is intriguing and very easy to become immersed in. His characters are complex and interesting and feel like real people, not just paper cut-outs.

My favorite character was Renton Hayes. He was interesting and strangely va
Chris Williams
Sep 18, 2014 Chris Williams rated it it was amazing
What an impressive debut from Daniel. Action-packed, love and romance and a great, suspenseful plot, with many twists and turns. The Wolf of Descarta will appeal to science fantasy readers and many new to the genre, but particularly those of us who like and have experienced role playing games. The plot is pure Gibson, which presents a dystopian future where the lowest people, the ‘red collars’ do all the manual work and society keeps them compliant by giving them five hours a day jacked into the ...more
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Daniel Pike left a life of obscurity as a ghostwriter to accept a position in the hallowed halls of academia, believing a career in education would probably keep the lights on in his house and his two daughters, Aurie and Kiera, clothed and fed.

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“The Dream Box wasn't a place, but it was a destination. It wasn't life, but it was a way of life. Reese wasn't awake in the Meat Space the way he was in Cyber, where a billion liters of endorphins blasted through the biological wiring of his veins with every corner his mind turned, where every conscious or subconscious choice he made was infused with importance. Linked in, he could partake of the guiltless ecstasy that was up for grabs, even for people like him. Linked in as Balmus, he could even be his own hero.” 0 likes
“Brea watched the other Jaren, the Jaren she wasn't sure she wanted to know, slip through the cracks of his face. He was like the changelings in that Dream Box game he was so invested in, Bladescape. Her own interested mask, the one she was supposed to wear, must have slanted a bit around the eyes because then the other Jaren, her Jaren, was back. She watched his dimples puddle in the black of his beard as his mind fumbled for something to say. And this impromptu self-modification, here at the monitoring station at the job where she'd made such a fool of herself, was the closest thing to love that Brea Morgen had ever known.” 0 likes
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