BLACK DAWN by Simon Rose

Series: Shadowzone, Book 3

Released: July 30, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure

In a dark parallel world, following attacks by its most determined opponents, the Ministry has been forced to change its plans. Yet the ruthless Director-General is prepared to sacrifice anyone to achieve an entirely new beginning, no matter what the cost. In a deadly race against time, as events spiral out of control, Ben and Charlie must risk their lives in a desperate attempt to save two worlds from destruction.

The Shadowzone Series of science fiction and fantasy novels involves the discovery of a grim dystopian version of Earth ruled by a totalitarian dictatorship, the threat of a deadly virus, and a race against time to save the lives of millions.

Charlie was awakened by bright sunlight shining through the gap in the drapes. At first she wondered where she was and was a little confused. The clock radio on the bedside table told her it was just before 7 in the morning. She sat up, still a little confused, before she remembered that she was in the apartment at the airport. The bedroom was sparsely furnished, as you’d expect of the living quarters of someone like her father that only stayed there once every few years. The door to the rest of the apartment was ajar, but she couldn’t see any activity or hear any voices. She dropped back down onto the bed, relishing the deep soft pillows. After she’d finished eating the night before, Jim had told her a little bit more about his life since his disappearance, but had spent most of the time trying to catch up on Charlie’s life, her time at school, her childhood, and about Charlotte, stressing how much he’d missed her and regretted what’d he’d had to do.

If the government found another world, a parallel Earth, would you support them in exploring all they could about it without question? We would probably have TONS of questions!! A question that would seem likely would be, do I have another one of me on the other side? What if it was inhabitable? No water, no food? What if it was a better world than the one that we live in today? All of these concepts are really interesting to think about right?! Rose’s final installment within the Shadowzone Series will end the journey for Ben and Charlie.

So now that the Greens and Subrads are working together, does that mean that they can trust one another? Maybe, possibly, most likely…since they are working toward a common goal. But, there is still doubt. As the Ministry begins moving out toward the airport with their European guests, so too does Ben and Michael. They make a beeline for the last known safe house in the city where he remembers the Greens holed up in. When they get there, thankfully, Levi and Nathaniel find them and help them get underground. With Michael barely hanging on, the gunshot to his stomach has taken a lot of blood, Ben hangs onto the hope that he can be saved by Marta–the healer in the Subrads group. As they make plans to find and rescue Charlie, they aren’t the only ones doing so. An unlikely ally rescues Charlie from her dad and leaks to the Greens and Subrads what the Director-General’s endgame for the Ministry will be. And…it is not pretty! In fact, it is downright crazy. And it very well may cause the end of their world. Yeah, it wasn’t a wonderful world to live in, but life is still better than death…even if no one knows how much of that is left. What can they do to stop him?

Rose has an interesting story with some original and creative concepts about a parallel Earth. With the world ending as they know it, everyone is in full panic and Rose conveys this sense of urgency fairly well. With Black Dawn, we are coming to the end of the three-part adventure. The pace has picked up in pace a bit, making it a very quick read. This installment does have some spelling errors, but this should not hinder enjoyment of the novel. If you are a reader of science fiction, action and adventure, and young adult dystopian fiction, you may thoroughly enjoy this light read. This installment continues right where the previous one ended; therefore, it is recommended for readers to begin with Shadowzone and Into the Web before jumping into this one.

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to Black Dawn by Simon Rose.

Simon Rose is the author of The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, The Heretic’s Tomb, The Doomsday Mask, The Time Camera, The Sphere of Septimus, Flashback, Future Imperfect, Twisted Fate, Parallel Destiny, and the Shadowzone series. He is also the author of The Children’s Writer’s Guide, The Working Writer’s Guide, The Social Media Writer’s Guide, The Time Traveler’s Guide, a contributor to The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction and has written many non-fiction books with Weigl Publishers and Capstone.

Simon offers a wide variety of presentations, workshops and author in residence programs for schools, along with virtual author visits by video using Skype. He is an instructor for adults with the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University and offers a variety of in-person and online workshops for both children and adults.

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