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Jeff Norton
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2 Aug 2012 MetaWars (Book 1)
Jonah Delacroix can't stand the real world - so he lives most of his life inside a global computer-based virtual world called the Metasphere, where everyone is represented by an avatar. When he discovers the avatar of his dead father, and assumes his online identity, a series of events are unleashed that compel Jonah to race across the real world with a secret society to protect the freedom of all mankind...

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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: 100,776 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. (

A fantastic, imaginative journey. (

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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Even virtual worlds need real heroes...

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, fast paced thrill ride 10 Aug 2012
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book - both my boys loved it 10 Aug 2012
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut, Excited For Sequel! 4 Aug 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous story line 2 Aug 2012
By ryan
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning New Series 1 Aug 2012
By Tiggy
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Original 1 Aug 2012
By Laura69
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Thought provoking Series 17 July 2013
We went to Luton Hoo Book festival earlier this year and Jeff was there so unusually we (7yr old son and I) got to meet the author and hear about the series. To say Jeff lit a spark in little one was an understatement. He loved it.
The books are a take on where todays society could lead, online life at the expense of off-line life. The characters continue in book three to develop and the journey to balance the worlds continues.

Have to say can't wait for book 4 which Jeff tweets is nearing final edits (July 2013) c'mon already stop editing... ;P

It's a great series. Tough read for our 7yr old (probably a couple of years too young) but he loves the hero and the online world. I also enjoy reading it, and some of the directional themes are starting to form in society today so I found it topical. The Meta Themes and the background to the series make for some great dinner debates.

I recommend on two levels. Great adventure story for little folk and fiction thought provoker for older folk, where are we heading...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A virtual success! 18 April 2013
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The world's oil has all but run out; carbon rationing means most people can no longer fly for commercial reasons; governments are going bankrupt; millions of people prefer to live in the virtual world of the Metasphere rather than the real one. Against this backdrop, the Millenials and the Guardians fight to take control of the Metasphere. In the midst of the chaos, Jonah Delacroix finds himself caught up in the battle to control the virtual world - and in turn, the real one.

`Metawars' is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller of a chase. A world that's scarily possible in the not-too-distant future. Starting in London, the story moves across the globe with twists and turns in every chapter. With it, Jonah discovers secrets that shake the very core of his existence and beliefs. Hard to put down, `Metawars' will keep you hooked and raring to reach for the sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC READ!!!!!!!
META WARS book 1 is an epic read. It is fast paced, full of detail and, as far as my opinion goes, it reads just like a favourite video game. Read more
Published 6 months ago by G. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 year old boy wants more!
This was given to an 11 year old boy who is a reluctant reader. I bribed him with sweets if he would read enough of it to review and told him that he could tell me if he thought... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mad Saint Uden
4.0 out of 5 stars Metawars book 1
Fight for the Future is a fast paced and action packed adventure story set in a future where the real world is so bleak that people have chosen to take refuge in the virtual one. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING !!!!!
Metawars fight for the future is a gripping action - packed novel about a virtual world called the metasphere. Read more
Published 7 months ago by H. Ireland
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is one of the best books that I have ever read. It has an amazing storyline and characters. This is one of my favourite series and they should be made in to films or tv... Read more
Published 9 months ago by NAW
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Great pace and interesting characters. Its a page turner you don't want to put down once started and comes to fantastic climax. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. F. Huxley
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for thrill seeking YA
I love young adult science fiction, and meta wars is a journey all lovers of the genre should take. its packed full of action, designed in a creative way that leaves most of it to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by K. D. Squire
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 mile an hour thriller
My 13 year old read this inside a weekend and my 10 year old is now devouring it. More suitable for his age I think - set in the future but believable for my 2 boys. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cambridge Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars fast-paced action thriller
Non-stop from the start - couldn't put it down. A grim vision of the future for the planet. Great for young and not so young adults alike.
Published 20 months ago by MLS
5.0 out of 5 stars I was amazed throughout...
I must start this review by saying that I am a 42 year old mother of two. Not your typical demographic for this type of book. Read more
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