American Day Dream

latestA Novel By Margot Pepper

Glance around. Imagine that all the scenery beyond these words isn’t real, nor are they. Instead, imagine that you’re actually locked up in a jail cell, and the “reality” around you is nothing but a digitally created illusion generated by a microchip implanted in your brain. Would you rather go back to sleep and continue dwelling in the world you’ve always known, even if it’s not real? Or would you prefer to pursue the mysterious truth about where—and who—you really are?

This provocative question lies at the heart of American Day Dream (Freedom Voices Press, 2015), a gripping new thriller by Margot Pepper.

Set in the late decades of the 21st century, the American Day Dream follows Ian, a successful graphic designer working for a big San Francisco biotech firm, on a neo-Orwellian quest to uncover the shocking truth behind his incarceration.

“American Day Dream could become a classic like 1984 or Brave New World.” Jim Smith, The Venice Beachhead.

After waking up one morning in a prison cell, delirious, confused, and being held without cause or explanation, Ian soon learns that he has somehow become a slave to his company, spending his nights in a jail cell on the 84th floor of his corporate office building, while being forced to go to work each day and act as if nothing has happened. Set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s iconic landmarks, American Day Dream is an entertaining futuristic love story that provides a critical and deeply reflective look at life in the information age.

“Margot Pepper’s literary incursion into Science Fiction is just like her—daring, brave and fully imagined. She is a story goddess living in and out of verses, whose political stance is vital and necessary.”

—Luis J. Rodriguez, author of Always Running and It Calls You Back

Guiding Ian on his quest is his alluring bohemian co-worker Robin, who slowly helps him to discover the shocking truth that his posh, gated-community life is nothing but a digitally generated illusion. He and thousands of other citizens like him have been locked up for decades, made to think they are living happy normal lives by virtual reality chips implanted in their brains firing hyper-REM sleep states, triggered by their mobile devices and interactive screens.

Marginalized as a nut case by those who haven’t “woken up” to their condition, Ian uncovers a world of sinister mind control, omnipresent surveillance, and the bartering of civil liberties for “the pursuit of happiness.” It’s a surreal world in which workers pay mortgages for virtual houses, furnish them with virtual products, and enjoy virtual vacations to offset global warming. Read More…

Publisher: Freedom Voices Press
Publication Date: January 15, 2015
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