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  • Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: RebelFire Press (May 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0964230488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964230484
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I won't give away the ending - it's a rush!
A good read for teens and adults alike...it manages to be exciting, depressing, and hopeful all at the same time.
T. G. Peterson
The future is up to them and I hope it will help them make a stand.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Wally Conger on June 4, 2005
Claire Wolfe and Aaron Zelman are doing something quite wonderful. They're talking to kids. And what they're talking about is freedom, determination, and self-reliance.

OUT OF THE GRAY ZONE is the first in a projected series of "young adult" novels, a category of fiction dominated until now by adolescent warlocks, happy dragons, and high school girls angst-ridden over their latest crush. You won't find any of that in this initial "RebelFire" book. This is the story of teenaged Jeremy, whose rock 'n roll inspired dreams are being quashed by CentGov-sanctioned spycams, sensors, monitors, permits, and doses of dope - "all for his own good." In the Gray Zone of America's Pacific Northwest, even his favorite rock band, RebelFire, has been silenced and replaced by "a cheerful bleat of very bad march music" on the satellite link. Jeremy's always lived under the control of CentGov and its Departments of Firearms Elimination, Drug Enforcement, Homeland Serenity, ad nauseum, but he's become increasingly dissatisfied. And now that they've taken RebelFire away...

Jeremy's adventures are exciting, sometimes shocking, often violent. The characters he meets will stir you. And if you don't fall in love with Hero, the furry mutt who joins Jeremy along the way, you've got a heart made of steel wool. Shame on you.

This new RebelFire series is just what the Freedom Movement ordered. I can't recall a libertarian novel as truly perfect for teenagers (yet entertaining for adults) since J. Neil Schulman's ALONGSIDE NIGHT, and that was 25 years ago. If you have a kid, or even know a kid, who enjoys reading, drop OUT OF THE GRAY ZONE into their hands. It's a terrific tale of despair, perseverance and, ultimately, hope. It may turn their heads around. And you'll like it, too.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By GPotter on July 21, 2005
I am not going to tell you about the plot of this book. All you need to know about the plot is in the little blurb above the reviews. I'm not going to gush about how thrilling, engrossing, well written and vibrantly emotional this book happens to be -- though it's all those things.

I'm addressing this review to two groups:

Science Fiction fans, because this is the real deal, my fellow brothers and sisters in sense o' wonder. And to parents, because this is a book both you and your children need to read. This is a book about the world your children are going to inherit.

I won't lecture you on politics (neither will the book) but I'll extend you the benefit of the doubt that you are observant, thoughtful and interested enough in your life to notice those little changes that seem to come a little quicker with each passing day. Those little sacrifices you are asked to endure. While they happen, they tend to be painless, like a mosquito bite. But...they do pile up on you. What happens ten years down the road as these daily little sacrifices are counted? Fifteen?

That's where the SF part comes in. Wolfe and Zelman tackle what I consider the toughest nut in literary SF: the near term immersive novel. They pull it off spectacularly. This is no guided tour through a future. It's not a dystopia or a utopia. The authors do not fall to the temptation to take the easy way out. Instead, they give us a vivid, believable, but scarily different society that resembles today the way a gangly teenager resembles his baby pictures. I say this as an absolute and utter science fiction snob. Rebelfire is a wonderful first novel for any genre, but for the authors to tackle such a difficult type of SF novel on the first go and succeed so well is quite the feat.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten on May 30, 2005
So I sat down with Claire Wolfe and Aaron Zelman's RebelFire 1.0: Out of the Gray Zone a couple of days ago stopping only briefly here and there to move the laundry from washer to dryer or to grab a snack.

There are two sure signs that I enjoyed a book.

1. I read it cover to cover in one marathon stretch.

2. I finish it thinking, "Why the heck isn't the sequel to this out yet?"

Both of those happened. And, I might add, I cannot remember the last time I read a book in one stretch. I used to do it all the time as a kid (can't put Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden down until everyone's out of danger or you'll have all sorts of nightmares), but somehow I've lost that as an adult.

It was really a good read. RebelFire is sort of a 1984 for 2005. This is not stuffy, difficult literature you slog through. It's fast-paced, suspenseful, gory at times, rather ominous throughout, but it still leaves you on a hopeful note at the end. I liked that it conveyed the seriousness of the situation without leaving me in utter despair at the end and ready to kill myself. I was bawling on p. 172- it upset my dog greatly. Then I had to clean my glasses to be able to finish the book. There was only one scene where I sort of popped back into reality thinking that it was just too good to buy as true, but then I remembered I was reading fiction and I consciously suspended my disbelief and in a couple of pages was back into the story. I also didn't get some of the italicized lingo. But other than those two little things, I really loved reading it and I'm looking forward to a sequel.
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