A Novel of the Silent Empire
by Steven Harper
$2.99 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-112-2
It is through first contact with an alien species that humanity learns of the Dream. It is a plane of mental existence where people are able to communicate by their thoughts alone–over distances of thousands of light-years. To ensure that future generations will have this ability, human genetic engineering produces newborns capable of finding and navigating the Dream.
They become known as the Silent.
Rust is just one planet among many in the Empire of Human Unity. It’s nothing special, nothing unusual…except for the fact that it is home to an unknown boy who may be the most powerful Silent telepath ever born–a Silent with the ability to possess the bodies of others against their will. This mysterious child may be causing tremors within the Dream itself.
For now, only the Children of Irfan know about him. A monastic-like order of the Silent, the Children protect their members even as they barter their services with the governments and corporations that control known space. But power like that cannot be hidden, and soon every Silent in the universe will know about the boy–and every government will be willing to go to war to control him.
And if the Children of Irfan cannot find him first, the Dream itself may be shattered…
From School Library Journal
“Adult/High School-All sentient minds are connected to a place called The Dream, and without them it would cease to exist. Only a small percentage of genetically gifted beings, called the Silent, can consciously access it. Among the Silent is Kendi, a courageous and compassionate man of Aboriginal descent. Ominous storms have started to appear in The Dream, leaving dead or nearly dead Silents in their wake. At the same time, a brilliant new Silent mind has appeared, who Kendi must track down. The new mind turns out to be a remarkable teenager, Sejal, who has been living with his loving yet hardened mother in a ghetto. His family ultimately provides the key to calming the mysterious storms. Dreamer contains an underlying theme of severed ties longing for reconciliation and healing. Sejal’s family is but one of a number of families ripped apart by governmental oppression. Kendi yearns to reconcile with his former beau, Ben. An army of lab-created Silents confined to a hellish existence scream out for the comfort of a mother’s mind. However, there is an attitude of hope, and the characters come across as poignant without wallowing in self-pity. This exceptional first novel in a new series is a satisfying and complete work in itself. A diverse array of memorable characters and worlds makes this a book that YAs can relate to and enjoy.“
From Library Journal
“Like other members of the monklike order of the Children of Irfan, Kendi Weaver dedicates his life to identifying and training telepathically gifted humans, known as the Silent, in order to protect them from the Empire of Human Unity. When he discovers the presence of a powerful Silent on the conquered planet Rust, Kendi risks his life and his freedom to find the young man whose gift may bring an end to a tyrannical empire. This series opener should appeal to lovers of far-future space opera and sf adventure.”