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. Volume XXII Number . . . .September 25, 2015
The Freedom Frontier, the fourth and final volume in the “Metawars” series, consists of 346 pages divided into 52 chapters plus a prologue and three pages of acknowledgements. The inside of the front and back covers promote the series along with several review comments.
This story, which continues the adventures of teenage heroes, Jonah, and Sam (Samantha) as they struggle to free the virtual world, the Metasphere, opens with an assault on the final location of the servers they are trying to control. This time their quest takes them deep into the Canadian Arctic and a diamond mine sunk into the frozen world. The main hero, Jonah, is torn between the Guardian’s desire to take the complex through brute and bloody force and his hope for a peaceful solution.
This time a new menace arises when both the Guardians and the Millenials are eliminated as major players in their conflict to remake the real and virtual worlds. A new villain arises on the scene, and, for a change, Jonah and Sam find themselves with an unusual ally, Matthew Granger who has been their nemesis throughout the first three books.
Non stop adventure abounds, along with philosophical questions, such as whether it is right to destroy two billion people in order to save seven billion. Sam remains the more violent one of the pair while Jonah is the peacemaker. Because moral ambiguities abound, they make an interesting team. The villains are suitably demented. I might quibble about how fast the characters travel across wide swaths of Canada, but, in the end, we arrive at a conclusion with our heroes alive and well and looking forward to the future.
Ronald Hore, involved with writers’ groups for several years, dabbles in writing fantasy and science fiction in Winnipeg, MB.
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