The Dead are Rising by Jeff Norton

The Dead are Rising

Written by Jeff Norton
Part of the Metawars Series

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Combining the best of reading and video-gaming the awesome Metawars series is chock full of excitement and action. This is the second in the series. The first, Metawars: Fight for the Future has been a huge hit particularly with computer gaming teenagers. In this the second in the series, a change is happening in the metasphere. Thanks to the protagonist Jonah Delacroix, the avatars of the Uploaded have been transferred to a dynamic new virtual world. But as the Uploaded grow in strnegth, so does their desperate desire to be alive again. And in a world at war both on and off-line, how can Jonah tell who is really on his side?


The Dead are Rising by Jeff Norton

The Changsphere offers a safe haven for the Uploaded, and with more processing power than the Southern Corner could ever offer, the Uploaded begin to grow, develop, and yearn to be alive again. With the Changsphere offering competition to the Metasphere, more and more avatars take up residency in it. But the Uploaded begin to prey on live avatars, infecting them, and their users, with their personalities and becoming reborn in the real world. The dead are rising. Now reborn into the real world, the once dead avatars will not let anyone shut down the Changsphere - the source of their rebirth. Meanwhile, Jonah, Sam, and Axel struggle to keep the Metasphere safe from Granger's assault on the Western Corner, which is housed in the old subway lines under New York City. But Jonah struggles with whether they are doing the right thing: in fighting Granger, they face a more dangerous virtual world, where millions of Uploaded now roam freely, stalking users for their virtual avatars and their real bodies.


Pacy and easy to read, with plenty of thrilling action sequences but there are also moments of reflection. Bookbag

We love these two high-octane preteen thrillers... very skilfully structured to appeal to even the most reluctant reader. Your child (of either sex incidentally) will love the well depicted characters and video game flavour adventure. Ham & High

One of the paciest YA thrillers of the year. A cracking action thriller. Daily Telegraph

Well drawn major characters, unusual ideas and some complex relationships make this a fine, satisfying read. Carousel

About the Author

Jeff Norton

Jeff Norton is a London based writer-director. Originally from Canada, Jeff began his career in advertising, worked in the movie business in Hollywood where he produced the critically acclaimed interactive film 'Choose Your Own Adventure,' and upon moving to the U.K., managed the literary estate of Enid Blyton, Britain's best-loved author. He now writes full time, with a focus on creating amazing stories in immersive worlds.

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Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books

Publication date

1st November 2012




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