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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 (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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. In fact, before Metwars, I shied away from futuristic, sci-fi type writing and that is why my reaction to Metawars (Fight for the Future and The Dead are Rising) took me by surprize. Both books are thoroughly enjoyable and I became entranced in the adventures of Jonah, a lovable, underdog hero of these novels. Jeff's writing is relaxing and easy to follow, the story line is imaginative and well strung together. I am eagerly awaiting the Battle of the Immortal as I am sure there will be twists I cannot anticipate and complications that only Jonah can solve!
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Bought this for my 12 year old who after she loved Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie and she loved it - and so did I. Jeff Norton's books are always great fun with a really rich world, I'd recommend anything he's written!
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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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