So you’re a dreamologist?
I use dream sequences quite often to explain key aspects of my books all the time, but rarely at the beginning.
I mean, for example, I just had two dream sequences in my Demon Blade novel where Reyna first enters the corridor of locked doors (that was seen in Quickstrike (Book 2)) and she’s dressed in a surgical gown and her abdomen is glowing brightly like the center of the galaxy. Except (I think) this is supposed to be a dream fragment that had come from Velocity where she was in the diagnostic chair in Book 3 and her abdomen had irised open to reveal her fusion power core. (She’s more machine than anything else.)
So anyways, Reyna has to pick one of the locked doors and when she gets there, she discovers that she’s back in Velocity’s room where she meets her partner, Mari, and the two have an interesting conversation about regrets, loss, and of course–if Velocity is ever going to come back to her after she broke free of her containment vessel and escaped the Archer Research Facility in the Southlands.
Then later on, Reyna’s dreams get invaded by Velocity herself and it becomes a titanic struggle for dominance as Reyna tries to make sense of where she’s at and what Velocity is imparting upon her in terms of information and then she gets tormented and tortured by Velocity at that point by showing the 19 year old girl what she’s really capable of–if she doesn’t acquiesce in becoming her vassal and herald. Her Keeper of Light.
In this state, Velocity is no longer the passionate, caring, kind, bubbly person that she once was in the simulator. She’s malicious, cruel, without any sense of empathy or compassion and she’s only after one thing (or two things I should say) and she doesn’t care who has to die so that she can obtain what she wants the most.
Only because she was engineered and experimented on numerous times over the years and so what was left of her humanity (to put it lightly) was destroyed.
So she’s decided that all of humanity must suffer their invasive acts against her and so she makes it happen by targeting the planet itself and plunges it into a new dark age–where nothing works anymore…except older forms of technology.
Everything was plunged into a chaos after that point.
What passed for civilization collapsed after that.