SHADOWZONE by Simon Rose
Series: Shadowzone, Book 1
Released: July 26, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
While watching intense flashes of lightning during a violent storm, Ben experiences mysterious and disturbing visions of another world, one very different from his own. In the chain of events that follow, Ben encounters Charlie, a girl from a dark version of Earth, a planet doomed by the effects of environmental catastrophe, where the leaders will stop at nothing to complete their deadly mission.
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.
As you know, these children at the school that you have been studying are all suitable targets, but the boy we discussed will be our initial test subject. Using the samples that you acquired during the administration of the flu shots, we have tailored the virus directly to his DNA. We need to learn how fast the disease can spread, but hopefully the subject will not die until the virus has affected at least ten more people. Once that is accomplished, based on our own experiences, the virus will spread rapidly. If all goes according to plan, our teams will be able to continue the infection process until everyone is wiped out.
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 has some original twists on the science fiction genre with Shadowzone, the first installment in the Shadowzone Series.
Charlotte and Charlie have lived alone for about a year now, after losing James—a beloved father and husband. Charlotte, a highly authorized researcher for the Ministry, has been tasked with working on a virus. Not only have they been working on a virus, but they have a way to get into a parallel Earth, which will allow them to inject the virus into the inhabitants there. This plan warrants the deaths of millions of people on this new Earth, just so they can take over. Charlie, Charlotte’s daughter, learns of what the Ministry is up to and makes it her mission to save the boy who they are planning to infect. With Charlotte being the one assigned to go through the gateway and infect the boy, she has plans of her own which don’t include any deaths on her hands. Unfortunately, nothing is ever as it seems. The gateway starts malfunctioning and both Charlotte and the boy are transported back to their Earth, but now Charlotte is in danger of being outed for a traitor! She never wanted to hurt anyone, least of all the boy who she was supposed to infect, but in this world, she knows that Ben is in real danger. With the help of friends from an environmental group known as the Greens, can Charlotte, Charlie, and Ben find somewhere safe to hide until they can figure out how to stop the Ministry—or is it too much to ask for—to save their world from complete destruction?
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 Shadowzone, the characters are all thrown together, meaning that most of the characters didn’t really have a back-story. Since this is a short installment, the first few chapters were off to a little bit of a rocky start, but as soon as both main characters were introduced to each other—everything started to fall into place quite nicely. 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. Although, there are some spelling errors and a few credibility concerns, this is a complete work of fiction and shouldn’t hinder the 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. Shadowzone is the first in the Shadowzone Series; therefore, the reader is able to dive right in.
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 Shadowzone 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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