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On top of that, something strange is going on. People in Ari's dimension are not only ...
On top of that, something strange is going on. People in Ari's dimension are not only disappearing, they're reappearing again days later. Tracking the news and combining it with the information he has about dimensions and Between, Finn begins to suspect that his appearance in Alpha and these strange happenings are connected for sure.
As he and Ari work together to help Finn adjust to Ari's life, their quest for a way to restore communication with Alpha begins. Through some clues from Alpha, and an unexpected revelation about Finn's friend Blake, Finn and Ari find someone who might be able to help him. But is the potential cost to them -- and to Finn's friends and family back in Alpha -- worth the attempt?
Science in one dimension of Earth, which its inhabitants refer to as the Alpha dimension, has proven not only that the planet has multiple dimensions, probably an infinite number of them, but also that the link between their own and the one nearest to them is strong. So strong, in fact, that it might cause problems for Alpha in terms of domestic stability if the people of Beta were to act upon that closeness.
The connection is strong enough, or the dimensions are close enough, or the realities are similar enough, that the people of Alpha can see, hear, and even feel the emotions of the people in the Beta dimension. The people and their geography appear washed out and gray while the people of Alpha are in full color, but every individual can be seen and heard, and, to some extent, felt as well, depending upon the intensity of their emotions.
Of course, the people of Alpha are not permitted to interact with that population. There are very strict laws in place regulating behavior with regard to the residents of Beta, and even stricter ones to deal with the area between the dimensions.
A field made up of energy, Between is the no-man's-land that separates the two dimensions. It is accessible to anyone from Alpha in that they have the ability to get there; the area is patrolled, however, by the Department of Security to keep unauthorized watching, spying, interfering, and interacting at the acceptable level of "zero." The authority to actually do any of those things is granted through the government and a few education and scientific research agencies and is heavily regulated.
For years, it has been believed, taught, and insisted upon that any attempt to cross fromBetween into the Beta dimension would result in death, either the physical destruction of the body or, worse, the body and mind being trapped in the energy field, unable to move, unable to exist.
But two men are hurrying, rushing through Between in a near panic. They each have bags--one with a backpack, the other with a satchel--and it is the man with the satchel who knows where they're going.
They don't feel the energy within Between, used to it as they are. They halt where they need to, used to watching through the barrier to Beta, used to the odd feelings that come with seeing two dimensions of space and time at once.
And then the man with the satchel, his face lined with fear and uncertainty, takes a step. He no longer moves within Between. The other man watches for a moment and then nods as he backs away.
When he turns to run back the way he came, he can already hear the faint vibrations of people moving in Between. If he hurries, he can avoid being captured.
He hopes his friend is all right in Beta. It will be a long time before he can find out.
Posted September 22, 2013
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Finn has finally managed to cross over into Ari¿s dimension and the two are now united in body and spirit, but there are some obstacles in their way: Finn (for all intents and purposes) does not ¿exist¿ in our dimension ( he has no identity papers, no job or home), he is a man on the run from the authorities in his own dimension (it is not legal to be in the Beta dimension) and on top of it all, his presence in the Beta dimension takes its toll on him physically and emotionally. <BR/><BR/>In Merge, the sequel to Converge, author Chris Owen, takes us on another thrilling adventure¿<BR/><BR/><BR/>Owen does not allow the pace he manages to set in Converge to slack in any way and readers are treated to some stunning new developments. At the end of Converge, the reader was left with a cliffhanger and in Merge Owen picks up the story from where he left the reader: dangling and begging for more¿<BR/><BR/><BR/>Not only does he paint a very vivid picture of the challenges that face Finn and Ari, but a stunning secret is revealed about Blake (Finn¿s co-worker and ally). Readers are also left with more intriguing questions, such as the mysterious disappearance and re-appearance of a large number of people from Ari¿s dimension (the Beta dimension).<BR/><BR/><BR/>One does not need to read Converge in order to enjoy Merge, as the author makes a lot of effort to bring readers who might not have read Converge on board, but I think reading Converge before moving onto Merge makes for a much more enjoyable reading experience.<BR/><BR/><BR/>Merge is truly a triumph in the fantasy novel genre and I can really recommend it for a very pleasurable reading experience!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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