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The Dawn of Dae

(Dae Portals #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  31 reviews
The chance to attend college is just what Alexa Daegberht needs to break out the mold of her caste. If she can become a Bach, she can escape the poverty she’s endured ever since her parents died when she was five. Only through education can she rise above her birth caste–and she knows it.

All of her plans fall to dust when she opens a portal within her refrigerator, turnin
Kindle Edition, 357 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Bright Day Publishing
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Trillian Anderson There's a funny story to this. I haven't read divergent, although I have the book. (The divergent book cover is absolutely nothing like the movie…moreThere's a funny story to this. I haven't read divergent, although I have the book. (The divergent book cover is absolutely nothing like the movie poster, either.) I haven't seen the movie, either. (I don't watch movies or television as a general rule. I have anxiety for visual media, so it's... not really feasible for me unless I take medication prior to watching movies or tv, which I don't enjoy doing.)

The cover art for this was selected from a stock image site, and it was selected because it matched one of my favorite scenes in the book, which occurs near the end.

So, I didn't have any idea there was overlap until after the cover was long since done and the book was on route for publication.

It's rare to find a stock image of an older man with a younger woman, which is very relevant to the book. So, there's the story of how Trillian browsing a stock image site found a cover that happened to match a scene in the novel.(less)
Trillian Anderson Depends on age and maturity level. While there is no explicit sex, there is violence, and adult subject matters, including rape, are discussed.

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Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, kobo
What an intriguing and unforgettable novel. The story was tight and exciting. Plot twists kept me on my toes and fully absorbed in the novel. Intricate world building takes this novel from the realm of good to great. Vivid sights and creative individuals populate this novel. I felt as if I were wandering through it rather than simply reading it.

The characters in this novel were one of a kind yet also the type of individuals that one would expect in a fantasy novel. They were both fun and at tim
ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover)
Oct 07, 2015 rated it did not like it


1. A werewolf with pink wings
2. Canadian geese with human face
3.“Mommy, Mommy, Mommy!”
My macaroni and cheese was talking to me, and like a child on a sugar high, it darted to and fro in its excitement.
4.The panda huffed and flipped its middle finger at me.
5.A herd of the three-headed giraffe clopped down the center of the street, they wore no hats and had sharpened their horns.

I give up!

Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ladies have you ever wanted a talking Mac 'n Cheese that not only does the housework to perfection, but also does DIY on the side, then this is the book for you. I always had my suspicions that comfort food outweighed any benefits of having a man around the house and this book goes to prove me right.
Oh yes there are also seems to be some humans and nonhumans in the book such as Alexa who has been has basically no luck and her life goes from bad to worse especially when she starts having hallucin
Lissa Hawley
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Every time I read a book by this author, I think they can't get any crazier. Then - sentient Macaroni and Cheese.
May 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
The reason that I picked this book to read is because of the premise of the story. The story started out fine. In fact, when Alexa's mac and cheese came alive and started calling her "mommy" I found that funny. Then when she gave it the name of "Colby" I thought that was even better. Alexa impressed me with her toughness. Yet as the story went on, I grew tried of Colby and the ranting of "mommy" within a short period of several pages. Kenneth is a bad guy. He proves it in the end. This is a shor ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Character-driven, light on plot

Unsurprisingly, there is a ton of world building in this first book; the plot suffers as a result. Of the three major questions brought up in the narrative, at least one should have been resolved. Our tough, sly, sassy survivor, Alexa, ends the book in the (figuratively) last place she wants to be: vulnerable. Its like character development in reverse. Colby is interesting but not the laugh riot that other reviewers found him to be. Rob is too much of an unknown; a
Kim Power
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dermont do with Mac and Cheese

Trillion has built a most original world around the concept of an I break of magic into an alternative earth where people are strictly divided in Castes. There is lots of violent action, intrigue, a touch of mystery and. A strong flavouring of romance. A great deal of fun that kept me. Awake way too late . Hopefully there will be a sequel.
Denise Fisher
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read it. I can't wait to read the next book. Which lucky me I have.

Alexa and Rob are great characters! I thoroughly enjoyed their story. Trillion came up with an interesting world with weird residents that are fascinating. I'm off to read the next book!!!
Karen Voitik
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
>Book Review – Dawn of Dae –

>This is the first book in the Dae Portals series and sets up the characters and action for the next books. The story seems to take place in a post-apocalyptic future. The levels in society have a lot of influence in everyone’s life. Alexa is in a poor level of society. She is forced to work for a drug lord, finding people her wants found, much like a bounty hunter. The only way to increase your class is to gain knowledge, so Alexa is secretly attending college
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-favorite
This book was insanely fun to read. It's bizarre and different, which is why I enjoyed it so much.

So the book starts in a completely normal world. Alexa has a weird condition where she's allergic to human touch. She breaks out in hives and her skin is red and sore. No one else knows about her condition though. Her world runs on a caste system. One which I never fully understood, but that didn't bother me to much. She is worried about her caste and trying to climb up; however, the world has chang
Jessica Bronder
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Alexa’s world is pretty close to ours except there is a caste system. It is not really explained but when Alexa’s parents die she is pushed to the lowest caste. A local drug dealer, Kenneth picked her up and uses her to find people and things that he needs. All the while Alexa is trying to improve her caste with an education. But when she returns home one day to find that her macaroni and cheese is alive and a strange man stepping out of her refrigerator she thinks that Kenneth slipped her somet ...more
Kimberly Vanderbloom
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy in exchange for a honest review.

Alexa Daegberht is a loner from a lower caste. She has an allergic reaction to any one that touches her. She tries to go to college and raise to a higher caste which is the elite. In order to do that she has done some things that one wouldn't be proud of. This includes working for a known drug lord. One day everything changes when the Dawn of Dae happens. All of sudden werewolves, fire breathers, and unicorns are commonplace in the world. She mu
Hendrik Boom
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've just finished Trillian Anderson's book Dawn of Dae, and it was fun to read.

It takes place in an America where the elite control just about everything, and there is a sharp distinction between elite and non-elite, much like the English class system of a century or two go, and like what the pessimistic fear that America is sliding toward. It concerns a definitely non-elite university student who is more or less forced to seek employment from a local crime boss and do his investigative work. S
Dr susan
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own, read-again
When I first read the synopsis for The Dawn of Dae, I was skeptical. Parts of the story sounded silly (sentient macaroni and cheese?) and parts sounded grim (millions of people die). Somehow, Anderson pulls off the combination of silliness and apocalyptic disaster and writes an enthralling story set in a world very different from ours, even before the apocalypse.

Colby, the sentient casserole, is a delight, as are some of the other inhabitants of this new world. However, others are the stuff of
Jashank Jeremy
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing

A superbly executed, explosive entry to a new series in a gripping universe.

The subtle twist on our world that shapes this universe is so familiar as to be entirely unremarkable, and so as a social commentary, this book becomes excellent science fiction.

Taking the world so vividly through such an interesting transformation is often poorly executed, in my humble opinion: too often, the effects of the world-changing event aren't cast in nearly enough immensity. This, thankfully, is not one of th

Beth Santucci
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
The chance to attend college is just what Alexa needs to break out of the mold of her caste. If she can become a Bach, she can escape the poverty she’s endured ever since her parents died when she was five. Only through education can she rise above her birth caste–and she knows it.
All of her plans fall to dust when she opens a portal within her refrigerator, turning her macaroni and cheese casserole into a sentient being. By dawn the next day, the mysterious dae have come to Earth to stay. Hund
Laurie P
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.


I have always wondered why the things of fantasy, legend and fairy tales can't really be true. Were the authors of these tales on hallucinogenics? How could you imagine things that you had never seen or heard of before? Isn't there a grain of truth to all stories?

Now, imagine waking up one morning to find all these beings are real, plus some. Some even see
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, read-in-2015
This has got to be one of the most bizarre books I have read in a long time, and I mean bizarre in a good way.

Dawn of The Dae is set in a very dystopian world, a world where there is now a caste system in place and to be anywhere in the world you need to be an Elite.

Alexa isn't an Elite, but her caste allows her to enrol to college and do her Bach. Now I don’t fully understand the whole caste system or why it was implemented. How the world has come to be like it is described isn't really discuss
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
What killed me about the book was how far it could've gone. Every good review tells you how great the story is.
Here's the problem: The author doesn't flesh out the story. They don't explain things. I'm not talking show-not-tell, I mean I had to get halfway into the book to go OKAY. So this is sort of like out world, which it claims to be, but not actually the society we live in. Or the fact it feels like no one reacts with questions to this MINDBLOWING change in society, or anything? Because I'm
Alysha DeShaé
See my full review here:

Warning: Some spoilers may be included in my review.

Anyways, this book really does have it all. Drugs, prostitutes, schooling, dragons, vampires, a unicorn, hallucinations, sex, kidnapping, arson, revenge, dystopian setting that just gets worse – you name it! It’s fast paced, hilarious, action-packed, and just delightful!

I give this book 5.0 out of 5.0 stars because it was so much fun to read. If you
Pilar Seacord
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One day everything is normal. The next day there are bejeweled dragons, pink werewolves with wings. The creatures are called dae but not all of them are creatures like that, some look human. Alexa who is the lead is a strong character funny and sarcastic. Works with a drug king pin threw no fault of her own. There all kinds of adventures but spoilers. I do love that she made Mac and cheese and next thing you know it's alive and calling her mommy. Of course she has a love interest, Rob. He is one ...more
Ink Angels  Book Blog
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ink Angels Book Blog received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a great read. It was fantastic and kept me on my toes. This author makes reading quite a sport! Alexa is one amazing character you will not want to miss.

The unexpected turns were very well placed! Can't wait to see what this author has in store for their next amazing book!!!

Come read this enchanting book <3 you will be pleased
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone who is a fan of dystopian fiction or urban fantasy. It's funny, it's clever, it's spell-binding, it's dark, and it's very, very different. Sentient mac-and-cheese different. I guarantee you haven't read anything like it before. I also guarantee that you should read it.
Avery Black
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was very excited about this book when I picked up a copy. The premise was great, the potential was huge, but it never really went anywhere. The characters were flat, and the plot dragged its heels due to constant repetition and rambling. I wanted so very much to love this book, the overall idea is fantastic fun, but the execution is sorely lacking.
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it

I will admit that I've never read anything like this before. This is a world but it is so different it's so hard to wrap your mind around it I would like to read the next in the series and see if it makes more sense
Jan 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
This one was weird and sort of bad. Dialogue was missing from several chapters in a row and heroine was repeating some things over and over again and do not let me started on that creepy little thing that says "Mommy" all the time.
Stephanie Gonzales
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I binged this book for 2 days. I don't know why I loved it so much. Macaroni and cheese is awesome and awful. The plots and twists were good and not overly complicated. Sometimes I found it ridiculous, mostly intriguing.
Gerard E. Trigo
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Interesting concept, though I had trouble understanding the protagonist's motivations at times. Interesting concept and a good quick recreational read.
Kristen Westfall
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
I can't actually bring myself to give this a rating. It's ludicrous, and ridiculous, and kind of awful, but I totally enjoyed it.
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