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The zombie apocalypse is nigh!
The trouble is, Alex Cronlord is the only person who knows it. She is a Weaver -- one of a group of superhuman children who are able to see the future -- and she can still remember the vision she had just weeks ago of being chased by a shambling undead horde. But that's all she's seen of the coming horror, and lately, her visions have mostly been confusing. Dead bodies in dumpsters, a strange place called ...
The zombie apocalypse is nigh!
The trouble is, Alex Cronlord is the only person who knows it. She is a Weaver -- one of a group of superhuman children who are able to see the future -- and she can still remember the vision she had just weeks ago of being chased by a shambling undead horde. But that's all she's seen of the coming horror, and lately, her visions have mostly been confusing. Dead bodies in dumpsters, a strange place called "Pinnacle," and no sign of a Xorda anywhere. At least, not at first.
As Alex struggles to make sense of these bits of information, a stitch-faced assassin surfaces with a vendetta against Ainsling Cronlord, Alex's mother. Ainsling is a member of the enigmatic Wells Society, a secret order of women who genetically mutate their own children to turn them into fighters against the Xorda. She is the person who gave Alex her Weaver powers. And she is the person Alex can least afford to trust.
But when the stitch-faced man steps up his campaign against the Cronlord family, Alex begins to realize she may not have a choice. As she learns the disturbing truth behind her recent visions, Alex must decide how far she is willing to go to save the world.
Posted January 12, 2013
The Void is a great story. I didn't read the first book in the series, but I feel like I didn't need to. Abramowitz has crafted a tale that will keep you up all night, just to find out how it ends. I recommend the book to anyone! You won't be disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 31, 2012
GREAT STORY LINE BEING DEVELOPED!!
This is turning out to be a pretty good series! I know it has to be, because all I can think of now that I have read the first two back-to-back is how long am I going to have to wait for the next one to come out?
This series has surprised me. I liked the first one (Weaver) a lot, but this was even better. It is an exciting read with action and surprise. The characters have been a little more developed and we are starting to see how the Wells Society got started and why they think they can do what they do (no plot spoilers here!) There is no graphic sex and no unnecessary cursing. There is a little violence and death to deal with, so I think maybe teen and up (no little children). Hope I don't have to wait too long for the next one.
Another Indie writer to love and watch for!!!!! Great job Mr. Abramowitz!!!
Posted May 12, 2012
Teen Alex Cronlord is a lot of things - at it just so happens that a future-seeing Weaver (so she thinks) is one of them. She's having trouble deciding whether she's running from the Xorda or trying to stop them, and everyone else seems to have a forward option on it. On top of it, she's fighting to save a dead girl she can't find. Unlike her peers, she spends her time failing interviews with the FBI, conversing the foreseen future (or unforeseen past) with an overextended newly-single parent, and deciphering vague images and unconsciously prying for information that will either save her life or explain the loss of another's. Her dreams are nightmares, her nightmares are visions, and her visions are the reality only she can see - if, and only if, she can decode the confusion they bring and follow the right leads (even if that happens to be half-way across the country.)
The Void opens with an exciting and frightening discovery of a body - a corpse that may not yet be dead, seen only in Alex's dreams. It pulls the reader right back into The Weaver Saga's world where it left off in book one -- caught-up and engulfed as the last novel's end. From there it speeds forward, sliding between multiple points of view, giving the story-world a completely 360: as Alex fights for and relives a woman's life (even if it's not who she thinks), her ex-military and recently spilt-up single parent father James fights to help his daughter while attempting to explain his two-faced wife's abandonment (and return), and FBI agent Moira fights for her job beneath a suspiciously replaced supervisor, conflicting feelings for the Wells Society victims she insists she has purest intentions with, and copes with the betrayal of her absent Xorda partner.
As I often find with sequels, it was extremely interesting to observe both the characters, world, plot, and writing itself evolving. Not only is the series consistently clever, unique, and virtually unlike anything else in the YA genre, it steadily remains fun, quick, and easy reading that well suits the market and proofs a delightful, entertaining read with just enough twists and turns to completely capture your attention.
Overall, it was a great read! Fast-paced, fascinating, creative, and curious, the entire novel sped through an insanely unique plot - pulling old and new enemies into the storm and slicing the work up with an intense journey, darker creatures (zombies, Xorda, and wolves - oh, my!) graver circumstances, worse consequences, and an epic cliff-hanger ending. Trust me, while The Void is a definite must-read - it's definitely not somewhere you want to be.
I recommend this for fans The Vladimir Todd Series, Alex Rider, Suck It Up, The Reformed Vampire Support Group, Blood of a Red Rose, and The Maximum Ride Series.
Posted May 12, 2012
The Void is the second book of John Abramowitz's "Weaver" series. Alex Cronlord and Moira McBain are back, and so are the Xorda. The stakes have increased, so Alex and Moira work together to try and end the threat from another dimension.
This story has a very strong premise. Unfortunately, this second novel is bogged down by too much telling and not enough showing as well as unrealistic expectations of suspension of disbelief. The wall-to-wall dialogue fails the reader. We know what the characters say, but we don't know anything about their sensory experiences in the world. There are narrative inconsistencies that feel like the book was hastily written and edited. I strongly feel like it could have benefited from careful, thoughtful editing and more attention to description and world building.
I know that this author can write a good story, as evidenced by Atticus for the Undead (his paranormal/legal novel), however this isn't the best showcase for his skills.
If you have read Weaver, I recommend that you read The Void. The continuation of the story is very interesting and I'd like to see where it goes; I just wish that it was more elegantly executed.
Posted May 12, 2012
This is the second in the Weaver Saga and I ended up reading both of them back to back. I can say they would actually have made a good book blended together they were segued so well! I had not read the description of the zombie apocalypse being nigh, but after finishing it I can say I am excited to see what the third book holds for us.
John has woven a story with some pretty strong female characters. At least they appear to be on the outside. Our leading gal Alex is fighting hard to over come her mother's betrayal and learn to be strong and independent to help fight the fight behind the scenes of a race of other-dimensional beings that will suck your soul dry. Our FBI agent who has been brought into the fold of a covert government agency that has been developed to fight these beings, the Xorda, appears so strong and detached they deem her nicknames involving ICE (fill in the blank). She and Alex are fighting their past and soon will find out that it is not as different then it seems. Both have mothers that have hurt them and betrayed them and both mothers are part of the conspiracy that left a brother and left Alex mutated and basically tools to aid in the fight against the Xorda.
See, Alex has visions of the future, specifically the future involving Xorda attacks. This is what she was mutated into being. The goal of this conspiracy group was to match them with Igniters since only fire will kill these creatures. Sounds a bit out there? Well perhaps a bit, but John has an excellent ability to weave a bit of far fetched ideas and make it believable. The problem now, however, is that Alex seems to be having visions from the past, specifically her mothers past. She is going to have to face her mother again and find out what is going on or it may just come dropping into everyone's lap when they are least prepared.
John presents us with characters flawed but still strong. Alex learning how to fight through her fear and become this test tube supernatural human, Moire and her dysfunctional family issues that seem to drown her every step of the way along with the fact of her guilt of her brothers apparent suicide, and the two mothers! Those two are pieces of work, but at the same time John was able to weave the story in such a way we can sympathize a little with where they were coming from.
In the end I was left satisfied and I believe I will be able to maintain myself for the third in the series, since it seems... the zombies are coming.. or are they?
I highly recommend this book and its predecessor Weaver to anyone who enjoys a good book that allows you put aside reasoning and enjoy a good tale of coming to age, and not just for teenagers. It would be a great book to read as a mother with your daughters, especially if you both love this kind of tale. Oh and anyone who likes Buffy or Angel? You really should read it. It does read a bit like a season of the show but with a bit more depth then can be shown on the screen. I think I like Alex a lot more with her flaws then the almost perfect Buffy.
Posted December 8, 2012
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