The second installment of The Horizone series titled Deadzone continues this seven-novel series masterminded by award-winning author Scott Westerfield, but with each installment being written by a different author. Deadzone is written by acclaimed author Jennifer A. Nielson and she continues the Lord of the Flies meets Lost saga as the six survivors of a plane crash into a surreal world in the middle of the Arctic try to figure out what to do next. Led by Molly, the six set across a red desert, as they flee a robot horde, but they are walking into the complete unexpected. The desert has unseen and unknown dangers waiting for them. From water triggered quicksand, to creatures never seen before, and robots searching for them, it seems as if survival is impossible. The group must work together to survive, but can they do it?
The fact that Deadzone is about figuring out how to work together, playing to each individual’s strengths, while doing what’s best for the group as a whole, makes this an exciting novel of survival, growth, and forgiveness–all with a science fiction feel. Deadzone is also an exciting, fast-paced, action-packed novel that keeps the reader guessing about what could possibly happen next.
This series is such a neat concept that it will be exciting to see not only who the next author will be, but also where they will take the series. It’s like a giant version of the campfire story telling game of passing the story around from person to person with each adding to the narrative. It will be fun to see the direction the storyline goes as well as the development of the characters with so many different authors bringing them to life.
As mentioned, Deadzone is second in the series and could possibly stand on its own, except it would help to know more of the character’s back story.
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Violence/Gore: Mention of over 500 people having died in a plane crash; group of characters are chased by robots with pincers trying to attack them; character pursued by a creature while stuck in the sand; character disappears into quicksand (2 different times); robots kidnap a character; character attacked by a large cat-like predator; characters attacked by a weird water creature; mention of the death of someone that occurred in the first book.
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