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Pop Odyssey: A Screenplay [Kindle Edition]

Rye-n
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Book Description

This is a tale of Us vs Them.

US: Evokers. Sealers. Infusers. Mechanical Engineers. Artificers.

THEM: Robots. Monsters. Infected. Zombies. Aliens? Yeah, "aliens."

The result: A throwdown of EPIC proportions.

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Let me get you up to speed. It's 2045 and we've come a long way. The unexpected Gamma Burst of Alpha Centauri turned our world upside down. There was just one problem: we lived.

It's been everyone's understanding that in the event of a Gamma Burst, the extent of the radiation produced from said burst would be enough to decimate Earth and all its living species.

And yet, we're still here.

The electromagnetic radiation emitted from the Gamma Burst appeared to have somewhat of an unlocking effect in regards to those susceptible. Thus awakening inner affinities that seemed to lie dormant, somehow waiting to be triggered. Long story short, many were endowed with special abilities.

Equally impressive, animals of various species--just like humans--are well equipped with special abilities as well. It should also be noted that the animals susceptible to the benefits of the Gamma Burst have an unusual added benefit: with each new consecutive reproduction, the animals--depending on their original size--tend to double, triple, and in some cases, quadruple, in size. And it doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon.

But don't get me wrong, the transition didn't just go smoothly. The world was inundated with people and animals with special powers. The animals had to be tamed in such a way so that they didn't become a threat to the general public, and if they couldn't, well, they were exterminated. Humans were a different beast in of itself. After the Gamma Burst, within a matter of seconds, people started discovering their special abilities.

And that's where it all fell apart.

Now, the random guy walking down the street could have the power to wreak havoc on an entire city block. The kid holding his mom's hand could effectively take out an entire country with his power to control the weather.

Unaware of the onset of these new found abilities and more importantly, how to control them, havoc ensued throughout the world. In every continent, every country, every state and city. Boundaries were crossed; treaties and laws were ignored; and inevitably World War III commenced.

If all of this doesn't seem bad enough, this also ignited the international robot arms race. If you were to ask my personal opinion, it was more like the robot arms blitz. It happened so fast it was quickly thrown into the conflict. Its main purpose was to protect those without special powers from those that do--essentially level the playing field.

But just like those with abilities used them for good or for bad, same went for those with robot allies. Something had to be done to end this bloodbath. And it was only when the world had lost more than two billion lives that its leaders realized enough was enough. Negotiations were held; treaties and laws were put in place to accommodate the new structure of what the world's nations were capable of. After five years of around the clock destruction and bloodshed, World War III crawled to a halt.

Despite this, tolerance for those with special powers and those with robot allies walked a thin line. Separation was the only logical decision the Global Defense Council was able to institute. Each "faction" was segregated into its own academy. The five factions and academies are as follows:

Evokers / Sealers / Infusers / Mechanical Engineers / Artificers

Dr. Saturn, along with Saturn Robotics--the foremost distributor of the world's robotic needs--has initiated a plan to build The Saturn Academy, the first academy to pull 25 cadets from all 5 factions. Coincidentally, on their first day, these five teams of five will be tasked with defending the world.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1866 KB
  • Print Length: 802 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461194784
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053TD27G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,047,028 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a different download. I haven't seen anything else like this on the Kindle.

Shopper: How is it different?
Me: For starters, everything is in a screenplay format.
Shopper: You mean, like a Shakespeare play?
Me: Locations and character are described in overwhelming detail, much like a Hollywood screenplay.
Shopper: Overwhelming detail?
Me: Each character gets a full page treatment of details as seen in an RPG video game.

Most of the characters have superpowers of some sort. A series of character summaries can go on for 10 pages between pieces of dialog. Makes for very choppy reading.

This is the dialog for a comic book movie, or maybe a comic book, or maybe a game.

"The hippo's chains and muzzle releases. It buckles and shifts as it peers down with anger. A burst of flames erupts from Kairo's arms and shoot around the left side of the colossal beast. Raiden's lightning technique flanks from the hippo's right side. The trail of fire and lightning collide behind the beast..."

I do think the layout is gorgeous. This is the best page to page layout I've seen on the Kindle. The author knows something about design. However, it would have been better to have all the characters in one section (with 1 page per character instead of 2), and the main story in a separate section. With this shuffling, it would be such a gorgeous layout that I would keep it on my Kindle and brave through the whole story, just because the presentation is so intensely unique.

I stopped at the 25% mark.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! June 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I absolutely LOVED this book/screenplay/thing. It had action and a bunch of different plot twists that you would have never seen coming. The ending was the worst of course. It has a giant cliffhanger at the end and the reader is thirsting for more (like Ness). I can only dream that the author will come out with a sequel. Also, don't let the 802 pages concern you. It is in a screenplay format, so that has a lot of spacing, therefore causing the manuscript to be longer. Finally, this was an amazing book to read and, as a 13 year old, I was enjoyed by the major twists and turns and the intricate characters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Diff... yeah, Different. June 5, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As has been noted, this is not your typical novel. It's a screenplay-esque adventure that throws every single type of genre & trope together into a giant blender in order to make a fast pace smoothie of an adventure.

Or something like that.

There are misspelling and grammatical mistakes, but this isn't a huge problem; the format may be, however. It took me a while to get into the style, but I eventually did, and found myself enjoying the tale. It's not a book for everyone, but it's an easy rea... no, nott really an easy read. I don't mean like "Moby Dick" hard or "War and Peace" hard, but there is a lot of information thrown at the reader. I needed to constatly check back at what I'd read before in order to figure out what was going on as I was reading it. There are a crap ton of characters and plot twists, and it WAS fun, just - head-spinney. I think my favorite part was the battle with the Stay-Puft Marshmallow monster.

If you want a cotton-candy action ride, this is the story for you. Just don't say you weren't warned...

Also, I really didn't mean anything by "'Moby Dick' hard." Competely unintentional, I assure you.
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