Review: Interpretation by Dylan Callens

Posted October 4, 2017 by Minx

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Dylan Callens. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Review: Interpretation by Dylan Callens Interpretation by Dylan Callens
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Cosmic Teapot Publishing
Format: E-book
Source: Author, Dylan Callens
Pages: 254
ISBN: 1988762111
Purchase at: Amazon Barnes & Noble Book Depository Kobo
Minx's Rating:

Carl Winston awakens to find his son, Liam, screaming with fear. Trying to understand why, Carl tries to soothe him. Neighbors gather in front of Carl’s apartment to help – until they see him. The crowd cowers back, afraid of this monster.

Carl runs. His life of luxury is ripped away. Forced beyond the city limits, Carl sees a land bereft of life. Traveling in search of answers, his quest comes to a sudden halt when he collapses. As darkness shrouds him, a figure hovers from above.

Traveling along the same route, Eva Thomspon finds Carl and nurtures him back to life. Together, they continue the journey, finding out that their lives have too much in common to be a coincidence. As their affection for each other deepens, an unknown nemesis attempts to remove their only source of happiness – their love for each other.

Interpretation is a dystopian fiction that explores hope and happiness in the bleakest of conditions and what happens when it’s torn away.


What a mind trip! Interpretation is one of those stories that just makes you think and maybe double check that what you think is real still feels the same. I just cannot imagine the scenario that is put forth in this story, it is oddly fascinating but at the same time horrific to consider.

Carl Winston is an everyday person who starts to experience oddities that impact him physically. He experiences headaches and hears noises, but they come and go, so no worries, right?! Until one day when he wakes up in a mental institution but it not in a place that he recognizes. It is decayed beyond all reason and filthier than he could ever imagine a place being. None of what he is seeing makes sense. Where is the Albany that he knows?

Carl and all the other citizens of humanity have been living in an environment that was created under the guise of an idyllic setting, in their mind. Reality was though that they were being controlled and manipulated while what was real was decaying around them. Released from the mind control, Carl escapes his prison only to find more questions on the outside. While on the run he meets up with another like himself, named Eva, and together they set out to find the truth.

I enjoyed how the story alternated between Carl’s perspective and communication between the entities that are in control. It really helps to understand what is actually occurring and how it came to be. It is absolutely scary to think of artificial intelligence being so in control and manipulating our senses to the point that we are not aware of our own realities! Although, what a mind bender to wonder if that really could happen.

Interpretation is a fascinating dystopian story that has a real emphasis on psychology. It makes you ponder what it really means to be human. It also makes you ponder our reliance on technology and could this ever be a reality we could possibly face. It is a fun and thought provoking read that will satisfy all readers who love a good science-fiction dystopian read.

*Thank you to Author Dylan Callens for this complimentary copy of Interpretation*


About Dylan Callens

Author Dylan Callens

Dylan Callens lands cleanly. That would be the headline of a newspaper built with an anagram generator. And although Dylan is a Welsh name meaning god or hero of the sea, he is not particularly fond of large bodies of water. His last name, Callens, might be Gaelic. If it is, his last name means rock. Rocks sink in the sea. Interestingly, he is neither Welsh nor Gaelic, but rather, French and German. The inherent contradictions and internal conflict in his life are obvious.

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