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. Volume XXII Number 2. . . .September 11, 2015
The Dead Are Rising is the second in the four volume “Metawars” series directed at young readers, especially those who enjoy video games or tales of constant adventure and peril. The book consists of 367 pages divided into 39 short chapters and an epilogue.
The story takes place in a dystopian dysfunctional world and continues the adventures of teenage heroes of the saga, Jonah, caught up in the events after the death of his mother, and Sam (Samantha) a girl belonging to the Guardians, a group dedicated to freeing the Metasphere from control by one man, Matthew Granger. In this episode, the Uploaded, as those who have died and uploaded their consciousness into the Metasphere are known, are becoming a serious problem as they find a desire to become alive once more and struggle to take over the lives and bodies of the living.
The plot also continues the fight for control of the Metasphere between the Millenials and the Guardians. The leader of the Millenials and inventor of the Metasphere is Matthew Granger. One of the leaders of the Guardians is Axel, Sam’s father, and the man who has trained her to be a soldier in this war. The story is told mainly through the eyes of Jonah who spends his time trying to solve the conflict and find solutions. Readers sometimes see things from Sam’s point of view and occasionally even through the eyes of Matthew Granger. The story travels from Australia where the last book, Fight for the Future, ended, through a conflict with a gang of teenagers in Santa Monica, to the Canadian Rockies and eventually to Manhattan Island, now a separate county whose president is a 17-year old girl. While trying to solve the problem of how to stop the Uploaded, while still saving them, Jonah is faced with the avatar of his deceased father who takes over the body of a famous computer game designer and then refuses to leave.
One key component in the Guardian’s plan is to seize all of the four server locations controlling the Metasphere. The first one was located in Australia. The second they capture is in Manhattan. The story has a high body count as the struggle to save the world continues and young Jonah wrestles with his conscience and difficult choices between what actions might be considered right or wrong.
Constant adventure with young teenage heroes in peril at almost every turn and forced to make difficult life or death decisions. There are even hints of a budding romance between Jonah and Sam.
Ronald Hore, involved with writer’s groups for several years, dabbles in writing fantasy and science fiction in Winnipeg, MB.
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