Saturday, March 19, 2016

Review: The Dean Machine by Dylan Lee Peters

Meet Dan Delacor, an utterly boring citizen of Yellow City. Every day he puts on his yellow shoes, yellow shirt, yellow pants, and yellow tie, and catches a ride on the Tunnel Runner from the suburbs into downtown. He has a job, a home, and a girlfriend, and he never wonders what waits beyond the giant glass wall that surrounds Yellow City. 

Except… Dan isn’t as boring as he seems. He often wonders why everything in Yellow City has to be yellow. He wonders why he suffers frequent anxiety attacks, and why he can’t help himself from strolling through dangerous neighborhoods, or running wildly through the fields that separate downtown from the suburbs. Mostly though, Dan wonders why he can’t remember how he lost his right arm, or anything that happened before five years ago. 
So, when Dan’s mundane yellow world is interrupted with the seemingly impossible presence of a little red dog named Dean, he quickly finds out there are answers to his questions, and that everything he knows is a lie. 

Follow Dan as he learns the secrets of his true identity, the scope of the world beyond the wall, and the true intentions of Yellow City’s mysterious leader, Chancellor Elgrey Vinsidian. Meet Wendy, the twelve-year-old girl on a rescue mission, Echo Valkzdokker, the woman with a love for danger, James Perkins, the wily pilot who has a way with words, and Bianna Kensington, the cold-mannered rebel with a cause. Look through the cracks of this new world with Dan as he learns why his little friend is nicknamed The Dean Machine, what special bond they share, and why the dog deserves a legacy that should live on forever. 

He lives to love. 
He would die to protect. 
His heart is a machine.

First things first… WOW!! I loved this book!! It is a culmination of fantasy, adventure, love, horror… super mash-up! The Dean Machine by Dylan Lee Peters is an extraordinary journey that kept me on my toes. The worlds he creates are vivid and original, yet based in reality. The characters are fully dimensional and beautifully flawed, so that we can all relate to them. Mr. Peters draws a beautiful portrait and takes us on this adventure with the characters. We are rooting for all them to succeed, as much as we are hoping the villains fail miserably in their quest. Mr. Peters keeps us guessing to the end, which was an incredible ending. I laughed, I cried and I could not put it down. I read it in one day. 

There is some real darkness in this book, so it’s not for the squeamish, but it is necessary to see the evil.

I would suggest that everyone read the forward of this book. It’s important to know what inspired Mr. Peters to write this book. He had his own Dean Machine, a special rescue dog that filled his life with so much more than he could have ever imagined. This book is his love story to that special boy, and he is donating a portion of his royalties to animal rescue shelters for as long as the book is published. I was truly touched by the connection between Dan and Dean in the story, and knew it had come straight from the “Heart Bond” Dylan had with his own Dean Machine.

The message in this book is more than the love story to Dean, but also about what a real hero is and how we can all strive to be that hero. How our actions can mean more than we think and how we can change the world with small kindnesses. 

All in all, this was a phenomenal book!


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