Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Review: MetaWars: Battle of the Immortal by Jeff Norton
Sam and Jonah don't have it easy in MetaWars: Battle of the Immortal, after the catastrophe in The Dead are Rising, they are now part of the Guardians mission, they patrol the Metasphere looking for Uploaded and capture them to take them to a safe island, to protect humans from them, but also to protect them until they can find a way to stop the hunger. But they are also putting themselves in danger every time they set foot in the Metasphere, risking their own lives every single time.
Granger is also making his own plans to make the Metasphere safe, he has the same idea as the Guardians but uses different techniques to capture the Uploaded and the Usurped As MetaWars: Battle of the Immortal progresses we get to see the Guardians island close up and it really made me question whose way was right. Yes Granger is the enemy but his way initially seems more humane, even though the Guardians do what they did for security reasons it didn't sit right with me.
MetaWars: Battle of the Immortal is quick to jump into the nerve wracking action, and I worried so much more reading this than I did the previous books. The lives of the Guardians are at stake, and Jonah has to find a way to get back Sam, Axel, and all those who he cares about. When he makes a decision that will help him I was shocked to see his make this choice. After everything he has been through and had done to him, I didn't expect him to pick sides, but I quickly saw his reasoning and when he has to make a tough call I applaud his actions.
MetaWars: Battle of the Immortal is more hard hitting than the previous books, and if I hadn't taken a few days away from review reading, would have finished reading this book in one day. The minute you pick it up you are pulled back into the world Jeff has created and we get to see more of the 'real' side to these characters that we know and love, and see how far they are willing to go to get what they want.
Jonah has grown a lot throughout this series, and he is less a boy, and more of a man, a leader who has to make decisions for the Guardians. Having Granger tell him he needs to act for the future and not the here and now, spurs him into a very resourceful and great plan. So much so that the last few chapters of MetaWars: Battle of the Immortal had me crying, it was emotional in every way, sadness but happiness, and some closure for Jonah, and some peace for those involved.
One thing that I enjoyed about MetaWars: Battle of the Immortal was getting others point of views. We get to see the world and the current situation through the Uploaded's eyes. We see what they are feeling and thinking, and why they do what they do. Part of me still thinks it wrong for them to do what they do, but a small part of me knows they did it for reasons they couldn't control.
Once again I am so glad I have the next instalment waiting to be read, and while part of me is sad its going to be over, I am still looking forward to taking anther adventure with the Guardians.