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The Dream Sifter

(The Depths of Memory #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Librarian note: Older cover of B00EKVOWQS.

Images of the past...
Or future?

Delusions, powers,
Or maybe she's just going crazy.

Rai Durmah can't be sure,
Of anything.

With no recollection of her prior life,
She's placed with an adoptive family,
A family who doubts her,
Doubts her words,
Doubts her motives.

Her curiosity and nightmares catapult her into a world,
Of danger,
ebook, 374 pages
Published August 15th 2013 by Lusios Publishing
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Steven Montano
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 out of 5 stars. Wow.

Allow me to elaborate.

Candice has crafted a well-thought out, very detailed sci-fi dystopia in "The Dream Sifter". Society has been ravaged by disease, and in many ways has fallen back to older ways. Family "Septs" operate business in the wild, aided and protected by the enigmatic Guardians.

Rai awakens to this world with amnesia, not recalling anything about her past, but terrible nightmares and unique abilities have her rightfully thinking she's more than she seems, and

The Dream Sifter is an original engaging mixture of science fiction and fantasy with the characters propelling the plot.

I loved this. I'd finished reading this a few days ago but strayed away from posting a review because if I would've attempted praising it the minute I'd turned the last page, this review would've consisted on only and only random excited words like oh my god or what just happened or wow. Yeah, you get the point. 

The story revolves around Rai, a young woman with three moons
Laura Ruetz
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic fantasy novel. When reading sci-fi or fantasy, I always use the authors ability to build a world that the reader feels is organic and understands without having it all spelled out. World-building is the background to a great story and the author has created a world here that is organic, and the reader can grasp the culture, the people and the politics, and in this case, the situation that threatens an entire world, the plague.

Ria wakes up with no memory. The reader is given i
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am not going to bore everyone with a long intro about how I love science fiction. If you have followed my blog long enough, you all know that. What made me agree to review The Dream Sifter is that I thought the blurb was interesting. Interesting because the world wasn’t newly settled. Instead, the colony had 600 years to settle on the planet. So the colony wasn’t a young one. Also the glimpse into what the society was like fascinated me. I am glad that I did review The Dream Sifter because it ...more
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Having missed reading feminist science-fiction from authors who have clearly done their research on the particular genre Bundy’s fiction struck a chord with me. The Dream Sifter falls into this category since from early on the reader is overwhelmed by female and not male characters. At the same time, the institution of matriarchy evidently recalls fiction written by quintessential authors such as Atwood—Bundy’s work reverberates t
Lora Shouse
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The world is quite beautiful, if a little scary at times. I have already purchased the sequel so I can find out what happens next.

The planet Az’Unda suffers from several persistent problems. They have been beset for many years with a persistent plague for which they have been unable to find a cure. Despite strict measures designed to increase their human population, it keeps decreasing to the point where they are in danger of suffering a complete population collapse in a few g
C. Erani Kole
*voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received from the author*

It's a 4.5 for me. I loved this book by the time I finished, and the only reason why it isn't a full five stars is because of the confusion in the beginning. If it weren't for that, this would have easily been one of my most deserved five stars. My reading experience started off a little indifferent. When it comes to new worlds, it's always a little slow starting for me. I felt like I was in a fog reading the first chapter, bu
Tony Nesavich
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dream Sifter is one of those books that hooks you immediately and is able to maintain its iron grip on my attention with the pacing and character development that make any great read a pleasure. I really liked how you can tear through a chapter in very little time because I usually read before falling asleep and found more than one evening where I would say to myself "ok, just one more chapter". ... So future bed time readers, ... you have been warned!

Rai is utterly charming and the author skill
Julie Powell
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a free copy of this book and thought it to be an excellent read.

A young girl has lost her memory, there is a plague, females must bear children or be thought barren and discarded. There are Septs (clans) which each have a particular job /talent to serve the world. There are temples and guardians, Anemoi and Terrors...plenty for a great story.

The characters are well developed, the plot is clever and mysterious, the world-building is excellent.

It is well-written in the tone and style,
Donadee's Corner
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone in this genre
Recommended to Donadee's Corner by: Author
What did I like? This was a very fascinating storyline that kept me going and had so many twists and turns that I almost had whiplash. The storyline was so intricate that you could visualize just what was going on.
What will you like? Unbelievable characters with unique descriptions, complex twists, convoluted turns, complex history, very complicated storyline but fascinating, and a complex romance. The uniquely developed storyline that was sophisticated and yet simplistic. Beautifully written an
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usually I don’t read SciFi type books, I’m more into fantasy and mystery/thriller books, but I read this book because the author gave me a copy in exchange for an honest review. It took serious dedication to read the first few chapters, as I stated SciFi isn’t my favorite, anyway after I got a few chapters in, and understood the terms (somewhat) and the planetary differences, it became interesting to me. My biggest struggle with this book is the depth of some discussions seem a little too detail ...more
Gigi Sedlmayer
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Here is my review.
But again, what can i say? The other reviewers said already a lot. So i just say: It was a good read, but different from all the books i ever have read. and i am reading a lot.
It was a bit confusing, but i got there.
Charles Ray
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When she’s assessed as infertile, a young woman is ejected from her clan (sept) and adopted by a merchant sept. A Guardian, whose job is to locate and eliminate anyone carrying a deadly plague which threatens the very survival of humanity, is assigned to keep watch over her because she holds a secret within her mind, and if she remembers what it is—and who she is—it can also threaten humanity’s existence.

The Dream Sifter by Candice Bundy is an interesting story with an almost-believable universe
Marsha Phillips
I love how descriptive the author was in rounding out characters making them realistic. The planet and society was well thought out and you could visualize how different septs were interdependent on each other. Each having specific duties to ensure all were able to survive.
Had a good storyline loved that women were the ones in charge!
Didn’t like the lack of a complete backstory in the beginning. At least a preface to set up how they came to the planet, maybe explain the “service” . For me it w
Tony Parsons
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Az'Un used mediation to protect their health.
Guardian Graeber (Raza’s brother) showed Chieftess Taura Zebio the scanner that displayed which Durmah Sept Temple Matriarchs were infected.
Terem (16, Taura's youngest son) was shot with a tranquilizer dart.
Apprentice Mala (Temple Healer, nurse) was taking care of Rai Durmah’s medical needs.

The Az'Un law now stipulated she wear a mark on the left hand that showed she was a significant member of society.
Raven's Call Temple is a large settlement
Ramona Plant
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Dream Sifter is a very well written book by Candice Bundy. This book has a very interesting and unique science fiction plot. I wasn't sure initially what to think of it, but was quickly drawn into the story. The author build an entire society of a human colony on a distant planet that tried to survive while fighting a virus. The main character Rai, is quite the mystery and absolutely adorable. She is strong even though she has no idea who she is and where she comes from, knows no one really ...more
Tina Fritchley
To start off with, this is an interesting story, and I really liked the concept of it, and I liked the characters.

I just found the relationships between the characters confusing! For example:

1) Kait initially refers to Laan and Stoi as her sons, then later she calls them her brothers. Ponar also referred to Laan as Kait's nephew.
2) Rai has referred to Laan and Stoi as brothers, uncles AND cousins - and she's only just been adopted into the family
3) Jesse called Stoi uncle, but called Laan cousin
Leslie Latchaw
Feb 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Boring Book

Sorry but this book did not hold my interest. There were too many sub plots and nothing explained. You have to read half the book to even know they had been on the planet for 600 years. Rai was interesting to a point, but not enought was revealed about her personality to truly like her. I didn’t even finish book one, I found it too boring.
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won’t be running out to read the sequel, but the story is interesting enough.
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