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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408314592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408314593
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.9 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Norton is a London based writer-producer, author of the award-winning 'MetaWars' series from Orchard Books and the brand new 'Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie' from Faber.

A reluctant reader as an adolecsent, Jeff created the futuristic world of 'MetaWars' to rival the most exciting video games and to challenge readers with big ideas. His aim was to write "a video game you can read."

His new book, 'Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie,' is the laugh out loud misadventures of twelve-year-old Adam Meltzer, a tweenage zombie with OCD out to solve his own murder.

Originally from Canada, Jeff began his career in advertising, worked in the movie business in Hollywood where he produced the critically acclaimed interactive film 'Choose Your Own Adventure,' and upon moving to the U.K., managed the literary estate of Enid Blyton, Britain's best-loved author. He now writes full time, with a focus on creating big, immersive worlds.

Jeff is also a producer and director in multiple media. He lives north London with his wife and two young sons.

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Thought-provoking... bang up to date. (YA's the Word)

I was soon bowled over and captivated. (Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books)

A fast, furious and fun-packed read, the kind of book that gets youngsters raised on a diet of social networking, video games, satellite TV and the internet interested in reading again. (Sci-Fi-London.com)

A fantastic, imaginative journey. (goodreads.com)

Fast-paced and action-packed, Jeff Norton writes an addictive novel with a creative setting. (seeitorreadit.blogspot)

Totally captivating. (Bookbag)

Boys who might normally play sport or computer games rather than read will be drawn to this book with its fast-paced storyline, compelling characters and topical themes of fuel shortages, climate change and economic meltdown. (Family Interest)

A tense, dramatic story with plenty of food for thought, packed full of action and many twists to keep you gripped to the end. (Primary Times)

As addictive as virtually any game. (Flipside)

Gripping. (Ham & High)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam Silver on 10 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
My daughter read this fantastic book in non-stop, marathon reading session that was over within 24 hours. I could not get her to put it down!! After all that, I had to read it myself. It was a real treat. In a similar vein to "Neuromancer" or more recently, "Ready Player One", but geared for younger readers and with some really interesting twists of its own, it describes a post-energy crisis world that has moved online for most people's existence. The characters are interesting and evolving, showing growth as they learn more about what is really going on in the world. The world itself, as is true in the best fiction, is fascinating and I really hope the author spends more time in the Metaverse in coming novels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vafritia on 10 Aug. 2012
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Despite wanting my children to read, and doing so with them every night, it is hard to keep their attention for long. They are much more into computer games.

But, reading this book was different. I started reading it out loud to my youngest (9) and because he got so enthusiastic about it, my older son (12) wanted to read it himself once we were finished. They both loved it and I can see why. It is a really fast, punchy book. It has all the elements their games do but with a really good story to it. It pulls you along.

I'll definitely be buying the next in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Lester on 4 Aug. 2012
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The story is very fast paced, the action barely slowing down even for a single chapter. Jeff clearly had a lot of ideas and a lot of plot to fit into this book to set a base for the series and to propel the action of this book forward. For the most part this worked, but there were times when it became a little hard to follow, some of it becoming a little convoluted.

On the whole, the pace and story was fantastic, there were just times when maybe it could've done with a bit of tidying up.

Throughout, the characters are so clear and specific that they become very real. Jonah has such a strong and relatable voice, an honesty and confusion that comes from youth that Norton hits right on the head. Jonah is a character I feel so many kids will be able to relate to. Axel and Sam are fantastic constructions along with Bradbury and the ever so sinister Mr Granger. Even characters you only see briefly, like Mr Chang and Delphine, are so crystal in the detail with which they are presented.

However, the best part of this book comes within the last 150 pages or so, when the whole story is coming together for its climax. The action scenes are very well described and turns the book into a real page turner. I was excited to say the very least and, by the end of it, I wasn't clear whose side I was on anymore. You spend a high percentage of the book rooting for 'The Guardians' who Jonah is helping throughout, but towards the end, the lines of good and evil are blurred, it isn't quite so black and white, and Jonah will have a choice to make.

Very excited for the sequel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ryan on 2 Aug. 2012
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this book has a fabulous story line and every page is filled with thrills that make you want to read all day.I strongly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tiggy on 1 Aug. 2012
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A fast moving, action packed read about a futuristic world where a battle rages for over control of an online virtual world called the Metasphere. Totally addictive. I can't wait for the sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura69 on 1 Aug. 2012
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I picked this book up as I was astounded that one of my teenage daughters had actually managed to read a book cover to cover so of course I was curious to know what it was that had held her attention for the last couple of days.
Based in the future it has an original content that sets it apart from other futuristic stories with the depressing real world where people fight for survival and the virtual Metasphere where you can upload as any range of avatar and enjoy what this vibrant world has to offer. All is not well in the virtual world however and there is plenty of action with two warring parties trying to gain control of the Metasphere with enough twists & turns to keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. A good holiday read for any internet savvy teenager.
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You would have to be some kind of hermit living in a shack on a remote Pacific island not to have noticed the glut of YA dystopian novels that have flooded the market of the past couple of years. If I'm brutally honest, I'm getting more than a little bored of them, but there is still one sub-genre of this that still excites me - tech. Over the past year or so I have had the pleasure of reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (written for the adult market but potentially just as exciting for older teen boys); Bzrk by Michael Grant; Insignia by S.J. Kincaid; and now Metawars: Fight for the Future by Jeff Norton. Every one of these books has the potential to turn a certain type of reluctant reader boy (or girl) on to reading, as they all have huge appeal for gamers.

Metawars starts off with protagonist Jonah Delacroix racing through the night time streets of London on his trusty rollerblades, desperate to win the sizeable meta-dollar prize that will keep him and his mother in food foe the next few months. Unfortunately for Jonah, as he is in spitting distance of the finish line he is thrown off his feet by an huge explosion - the terrorist Guardians that he hates so much have struck again. Meanwhile, across the other side of the Atlantic the US government has fallen, and Matthew Granger, creator of the Metasphere and long incarcerated leader of the Millennials is released from his prison by his armed supporters. Jonah does not yet know it, but both of these events are about to change his life immeasurably.

The world in which Jonah lives is not hugely different to ours in many ways. Millions live in poverty and can't help but see their future as being particularly bleak.
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