The Speed of Dreams by Anna L. Walls

The Speed of Dreams by Anna L. Walls
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (270 Pages)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

When all hopes of peace were shattered, Pilot Aaitt’Kaz was assigned to a new style of ship. It was built for speed and maneuverability, but Kaz had no time for admirations. Everyone was scattering, scrambling to get back to their command before being shot out of the sky. The ship had coordinates for him—and then she had sleep for him—a very very long sleep.

A hundred thousand years later, after leaving his refugees to their best devices on a green and blue miracle of a world, Kaz woke again. The last thing he expected to do was fight to protect the descendants of his refugees from the carefully-cultivated warlike nature that had led to the destruction of his home world. The only way he could protect them was to prevent the military scientists from learning the secrets of his DNA.

What if humans hadn’t developed evolved from other life forms, but instead they had arrived on Earth after a space journey of five hundred years, traveling in stasis from a planet that had destroyed itself in continual warfare? Anna Walls proposes this in her spellbinding novel The Speed of Dreams. After off-loading their passengers, the ships then were parked on the dark side of the moon for another one hundred thousand years, until humankind had developed to the point where they could make use of the alien technology.

This story is absolutely fascinating. The plot is well conceived and developed. The pace is fast and exciting, with only a few spots where I thought it was a bit sluggish. I really liked watching the characters in this novel develop as the two cultures met. Kaz and the others from the distant planet are incredibly strong and come from a world with a caste system and a strict hierarchy. Watching them not only adapt, but also teach humans about what is really important was powerful.

Walls is able to portray the interaction of two very different cultures in a totally believable way. The fact that they are both human, or at least both started out from the same genetic pool, gives them a lot of similarities. Even so, the cultural differences are significant and Walls handles those differences with grace and tact. There is no stereotyping and the villains are not flat, but fully fleshed out characters as well. Each culture is shown to have both strengths and weaknesses, as it true for all societies.

I couldn’t put this novel down and in fact, I read it in one sitting. If you like science fiction and are interested in social dynamics and the achievement of peace, I highly recommend The Speed of Dreams.


  1. That’s really awesome. Thanks much

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