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George Orr, a perfect cipher, the ultimately average man, has effective dreams - dreams that change reality. This is a nightmare; these are real dreams - he does not control them or their content, and they answer his unconscious and subconscious desires, not his waking wishes. Orr lives in terror of his dreams. His efforts to stop them send him into the care of Dr. Haber, a psychiatrist who has a machine that can monitor and guide dreams, and who has no compunction at all about altering reality. It becomes a battle of wills - the overbearing doctor against the meek dreamer - in which Orr is incredibly overmatched. He does, however, have a secret, one that he can use to save himself and the world, if he can understand it in time.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 50% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   coping with mental/magical powers Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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