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Our Dried Voices

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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.
Paperback, 234 pages
Published 2014 by Scribe Publishing Company
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Miranda Reads
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it

"That's where I'm going. That's where it ends. That's where I will find answers."
In a world where every disease is cured, the human population skyrockets and they are forced to colonize a new planet (Pearl).

But what appeared as a promising start for the next era of human civilization, devolves into something...rather unexpected.
They ran in no particular direction, a single mass exods from the hall, teeming out across the gay green meadows, up and over the soft, undulating hills, and their cr
Leo .
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read Our Dried Voices in A day. Once I started reading this morning, four coffee breaks and a piece of my mother in law's tasty carrot and wallnut cake, I finished the book an hour ago. Needless to say it was a breeze and once I began I had to finish. Luckily it is not a thousand page tome and the layout was easy on the eye.

A Utopia, in the future. Or a Dystopia?

The beginning of this book reminded me of The Time Machine. Also the video game Resident Evil 4.

(Anybody who has played Res Evil 4 wi
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
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 spoke
Cristian (The Bookish God)

I 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 thro
Crooked English
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Book in short: Utopia turned Dystopia with a happy ending.

The approach of Our Dried Voices world is different in the idea that humans progressed so much that there was nothing left to progress at. The result? Zombie-humans in the new world.

One of the popular books in Utopia-turned-Dystopia genre is The Giver. I couldn't help but compare protagonists struggle through the snow from that in The Giver. There must be something redeeming in walking through snow and freezing yourself to death. (view sp
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it

Publisher: Scribe

Publishing Date: November 2014

ISBN: 9781940368931

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 3.5/5

Publisher 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 hu
Apratim Mukherjee
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
First of all thanks to the author for giving me this book for free in exchange of an honest review.Now,this a dystopian novel which is set in 2300s on a different planet.So lot of things,which might seem nonsense today, have been imagined and a story has been constructed around these incidents.
The theme is good but the story drags for about 70% of the book and when it picks up,it is abruptly ended.The good thing is the author's imagination and the last chapter.
Its not a great novel but can be re
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Billy Roper
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 disbelief...but then, that IS what science fiction is all about.

As medical and scientific advances promise a bright future, humanity's progressive

Our 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
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this ebook gratis from the author in exchange for an honest review. He thought I might enjoy it because of my review earlier this year of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. The connection became obvious quite quickly, as the colonists in Our Dried Voices bear a strong resemblance to the Eloi in The Time Machine. The story wasn't what I expected, though, after skimming through the long, detailed timeline intro. While interesting to ponder as a potential future timeline for space travel an ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I dont know how I feel about this book. I got it for free for an honest review, so let me be eloquent. Its like a 3.5/5 star. But lets get to the things I'm clear about. The book had hyped me up as soon as I read the description and that chronological sequence just pulled me deeper. I was ready to delve into absolutely mind-blowing science fiction dystopian and what not. And then the book finally began. Here's the thing, the book was written in a fairly good style. The word choice and the overal ...more
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian, loved-it, scifi
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
Rachel Brune
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
A hero will always rise when the necessity arises. But what if every hero at some point is lost and never to see again? And unknowingly the next hero will be you?

Samuel lives in a colony far from Earth. Where every needs of man is met and no form of deep thinking is needed to survive. And unexplainable events happened, the machines that kept the colony alive is mysteriously broken in a intricate plan. When no other hero arises, Samuel with his curiosity helped the colony to thrive and he is led
Tyler Harris
Dystopian implications for our advancing technology

Our 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
Polly Krize
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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!
Shawn Birss
Our Dried Voices reads something like a classic dystopian novel, less like the popular dystopian novels so popular right now. Like Bradbury, H.G. Wells, and others between the two, Hickey writes this story like a serious thought experiment, with simple parts, and clear intention. Like the classics, the protagonist is very much an avatar or everyman, waking up to his own oppression. And like the classics, he has a female muse that helps him in his journey. There is a journey toward a confrontatio ...more
Cathryn Wellner
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
Though I'm not a fan of dystopian novels, I decided to give this one a try because the idea sounded promising. The Amazon reviews were generally favorable, but the satisfied readers must have had different expectations than I had.

The writer caught me between books so I decided to plunge into a world so easy that thought and speech had become unnecessary. That created some challenges for the novelist since the characters had almost nothing to say to each other, making even the hero less than comp
Patrick Mcnelis
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this e-book as a Giveaway from the author.

A very interesting book; I hadn't read anything like it before. If I had to give an analogy to describe it without spoiling it for others, I would say it was like the story of the early Eloi from H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, before they became prey of the Morlocks (or maybe as that symbiotic/parasitic relationship was just bgeginning). I don't know if the Eloi inspired any bit of this story, but that's about as close a comparison to a famous
Deedi (DeediReads) Brown
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-requests
All my reviews can be seen at

Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of this book!

This was a fast read, but it was really engaging. When he sent it to me, Greg compared it to The Giver. I was skeptical of that statement, but it was actually a pretty good comparison, at least in style and subject matter.

Our Dried Voices is the story of Samuel, who is a colonist on a distant planet. In this future, people are almost brain dead; they literally spend their days
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Told simply and in an easy style the story of Samuel's intellectual awakening is poetically moving. Set on the Planet Pearl (think of it as Earth Jr.) after Earth itself became over populated (among it's many other issues): Our Dried Voices follows Samuel on his journey of exploration and enlightenment from The Colony to the world at large. This story calls to mind Huxley and Wells' work, is frightening, exhilarating, and ...more
Licia Flynn
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoughtful analysis of a future dominated by AI. Relevant social-political themes. Recommended for fans of H.G. Wells "Time Machine," and "A Brave New World."
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was ok

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
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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
Heather Bee
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 chronolo
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Our Dried Voices
By Greg Hickey

Our 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
Tony Parsons
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 good f
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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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.