INTO THE WEB by Simon Rose

Series: Shadowzone, Book 2

Released: July 26, 2017

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

On a doomed version of Earth, the sinister schemes of the Ministry are moving ever closer to completion, with dire consequences for the inhabitants of two worlds. For Ben and Charlie, an unlikely alliance, unexpected reunions, and the mysterious prophecy of the Chosen One offer a glimmer of hope, with the ever-present prospect of betrayal, as they embark on an unpredictable journey into the unknown.

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.

Storm clouds gathered in the sky as Burton traveled by helicopter form the Ministry building to the airport. Recent activities by the Greens had made the roads much less safe for senior Ministry officials. Like everyone else under the influence of the mind control drug, the inhabitants of the intact parts of the city remained blissfully unaware of what was truly going on within the government. They had no idea that their world was doomed and went about their daily lives, accustomed to the privations that they’d long had to endure. The mind control drug certainly helped to keep the population in line. Yet the vast majority of the people had no idea that the elite would soon abandon them to their fate and move to another world, one that had been callously cleansed of its own inhabitants. If Burton had any qualms about what the Ministry and its partners in the world-wide-web had in store, he never showed it.

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 continues a journey of survival with Into the Web, the second installment in the Shadowzone Series.

Charlie and Ben are now with the Greens, an organization bent against saving the world that appears to be beyond saving, especially since the Ministry has taken over with a mind control drug. Charlie and Ben have traveled over to the parallel Earth—Ben’s world—in the hopes of locating and rescuing his parents. They are one of the only hopes left for Charlie’s world to counteract the virus that is meant to kill all of the inhabitants of Ben’s parallel Earth. Barely escaping with their lives, Ben and Charlie come back through the intragate prototype to discover that Ben’s parents have been separated by another power source interference. Now, not only do they need to find the virus before the Ministry gets their intragate up and working, they have to figure out how to get into the Ministry building with what little resources they have left. What seems like a suicide mission, ends up to be a miracle—as an unlikely alliance forms between the Greens and an underground group of people known as the Subrads. Can their plan to destroy the Ministry building work? And if they get there, would they be able to find Ben’s mom in time or will they be captured in the process?

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. In Into the Web, Rose dives a little deeper into some of the characters stories and what led them up to this point. The pace is fast and steady, allowing the book to be an easy page turner and the cover also draws attention to the relevance of the story-line. This installment appears to have little or no spelling and grammatical errors, which allows the reader to enjoy the novel without hindrance. 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 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 five-star rating to Into the Web 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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