Special excerpt for sci-fi dystopian novel I Dreamt of Trees by Gilles DeCruyenaere

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Dreamt of Trees” will be $.99 on Amazon.com from October 10th to October
A little
bit about I Dreamt of Trees:
Crawford has dedicated his life to fighting the mysterious alien race which
threatens the massive city-ship he calls home. A few days before his first
mission, however, Jason discovers a terrible secret which could mean an end to
his way of life forever. Fearing government reprisal for this new-found
knowledge, Jason takes refuge in the Rim, a walled-off section of the ship
where citizens are left to fend for themselves while the government ruthlessly
plunders its resources.
While there, Jason
forms an uneasy alliance with fellow exile Greg. Though they share the same
goal of exposing the government’s terrible secret, their relationship is
strained; Jason is selfish, profane and morally ambiguous, while Greg is
generous, kind and liberal-minded.
Will Jason and Greg
manage to achieve their goals despite their ideological differences? Will Jason
ever escape the Rim, and if so, can he hope to regain anything even resembling
the life of entitlement to which he was accustomed?
“I Dreamt of
Trees” is a story of struggle and survival in a dystopian society built on
fear and greed. Though you may be tempted to judge the characters, be certain
of one thing: On the USS McAdam, no one is quite as good, nor quite as bad as
they seem.
Excerpt from I Dreamt of Trees:
It was a typical Friday night at Core
Plaza. Thousands upon thousands of happy citizens wandered about the mall’s
perimeter, some in search of food and drink, some looking for entertainment,
and others simply soaking up the festive atmosphere.
Of course, no trip to Core Plaza was
complete without a stroll across the huge circular glass floor commonly known
as the “Star Walk”. Measuring exactly one mile in diameter, the Star Walk
spanned the upper end of the USS McAdam’s primary waste chute. Used mainly as a
vent for the insanely dangerous radioactive gas created by the McAdam’s PNTPD
(photo-nuclear tri-phasic drive), the chute also served as a conduit for any
unpleasant waste which could not be reclaimed by the ship’s many complex
recycling mechanisms. As the tube, by necessity, pierced the ship’s photonic
shields, the star walk now offered the populace their only truly clear view of
space. On any given day, hundreds of people could be seen gazing in wonder at
the breathtaking view below, from time to time emitting a small group cheer as
a Squelcher ship would inexplicably fly below the mouth of the vent, only to be
summarily torn apart in a maelstrom of glowing blue plasma. For many of the
residents of the Good Ship McAdam, a Friday night “Star Stroll” was truly the
highlight of their week.
A little
bit about the author:
DeCruyenaere lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with his wife Joanne and their
fur-baby Yogi. In his spare time Gilles enjoys reading, watching movies,
creating art and experiencing nature, as well as collecting rocks, minerals,
antiques and Star Wars paraphernalia. A graduate of the Digital Media Design
program at Red River College, Gilles recently served as film editor for the
feature-length animated film “Emma’s Wings: A Bella Sara Tale”.
Dreamt of Trees” will be $.99 on Amazon.com from October 10th to October

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11 thoughts on “Special excerpt for sci-fi dystopian novel I Dreamt of Trees by Gilles DeCruyenaere

  1. Mai T. says:

    Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

  2. Gilles DeCruyenaere says:

    Good morning! Thank you very much for hosting – I’m looking forward to reading today’s comments and answering any questions your readers may have! 🙂

  3. Gilles DeCruyenaere says:

    Hi Mai T, (Sorry I can't seem to see a way to reply directly to your post…)

    A few years ago I was defrosting a freezer, and my finger froze to a piece of metal. I was too far to reach the sink for warm water, and the phone was in another room.
    Though I was facing the prospect of possibly being stuck alone for hours with my hand in the freezer, and likely damaging myself from the cold, I stayed relatively calm and eventually managed to release myself with only minor frostbite to my finger. If I had panicked, I think things could have gotten much worse.
    Lesson learned: Just chill out! (*groan*)

    Thanks for your question! 🙂

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