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Turning (New World Order) (Volume 1) Paperback – June 25, 2013
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
Captured my attention and imagination in the very first scene. - Amazon customer
Another thrilling ride through a world created in the mind of Michael J. Scott! - Amazon customer
Can't wait for the next book! - Amazon customer
From the Author
About the Book...
I began this story with little more than a long fascination with Yeat's poem, The Second Coming, and a desire to compose a story that my two daughters would love. At the time, both of them were fixated on The Hunger Games, and had begun reading a number of other dystopian teen novels.
Once begun, I wanted to address certain themes within this story--and within the larger series as a whole. In a sense, I've been equally inspired by the movie Cube--in retrospect, a rather ridiculous sci-fi horror film about a group of people stuck inside a massive, murderous cube filled with a number of booby-trapped rooms. The inspiration comes from the lines that a character utters, when he reveals that he was one of the designers of the cube. And he designed it not because he wanted to, nor because anyone in particular wanted to, but because of the simple fact that the bureaucratic powers had decided it could be done, therefore it should be done.
In a way, this highlighted for me the dehumanizing tendency of systemic power, and the image of that scene has always stuck with me. I've sought to capture that sense in this first book, with the way REGA experiments on and discards human beings in pursuit of the good of humanity. It is a characteristic of many centralized systems of governance: in the name of the good of society, the rights of the individual are suppressed. Thus, for the sake of a supposedly utopian ideal, evil is perpetrated and perpetuated. This, to me, forms the real heart of the dystopian paradigm. Combating such evil often takes the form of committing other acts that may be equally evil, or evil to a lesser extent, but evil nonetheless. Rarely is the character permitted the opportunity to do something actually good. That being said, I still believe firmly in hope, and I myself hope that you find at least a thread of it within these pages.
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Katherine and her sister Becca captured my attention immediately. Their situation, their relationship, their special connection make the story what it is.
The conflict is well timed and spaced through out the story...keeping the story moving, but not leaving the reader breathless by its pace.
I found Thomas's character to be a good balancing force in the story -- reminding Katherine that there is always hope, even when all would seem lost.
Excellent choice for mature teens and adult readers who like reading fantasy with just the right touch of Biblical Truth mixed in.
I look forward to future adventures in this world created by Michael J. Scott.
Caution: May not be a good choice for late night reading.