1: Fight for the Future (MetaWars) Paperback – 2 Aug 2012
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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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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.
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.
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.
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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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 morePublished on 22 Mar. 2014 by Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
Metawars fight for the future is a gripping action - packed novel about a virtual world called the metasphere. Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2014 by Dartmouth dogwalker
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 morePublished on 19 Jan. 2014 by NAW
Great pace and interesting characters. Its a page turner you don't want to put down once started and comes to fantastic climax. Read morePublished on 26 July 2013 by Mrs. F. Huxley
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