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- Publication Date: August 22, 2017
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The tale follows a character, Angel, who we were introduced to in the novel "Toonopolis: Gemini" as she discovers the true nature of her creation. We follow her adventure through Ao, which is the adult section of Rodden's continuously unfolding cartoon world, as she finds she doesn't seem to fit in anywhere.
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The story is filled with a great description of Carcerem, giving so much life to it. I love the whole idea of a world which is monochrome.
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Blitz is a brilliant character and if you have read Spectral Shift you will understand why. Everyone has what are called 'mods' or modifications, this means that everyone gets to look like they want to. This is a really awesome idea and one which could well be part of reality in the future in our world.
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