Narrator: Ryan Kennard Burke
Published by Self Published on 11 December 2015
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Source: Narrator, Submitted
A thrilling sci-fi dystopic series from an award-winning author of dystopian fiction
In book two, Ava's journey continues as she searches inside the mainframe to find Chief Morray. She locates his archive files, sending her way back to the early days. Society was collapsing, but young, idealistic William Morray had hoped his father's acclaimed Repatterning Program - a precursor to the brilliant New Agenda - could manage the upheaval and get things back on track. They said the Repatterning Program was for the greater good, but like most advertising, it was a lie. The horrifying plan entailed eradicating all cities, homes, and people outside of the Elite citizenship. William Morray joins an underground rebel alliance to end the Repatterning Program and save what's left of civilization.
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In an effort to find Chief Morray’s hidden brain upload and keep him from ever regaining power, Ava delves into the archives reliving the chief’s earliest memories. She finds out that the brutal leader was once a sensitive and ethical child. Abused by his brilliant and power-hungry father, he and his mother were forced into an underground shelter while the world burned. It was here he learned to fight like a warrior; perhaps to join the resistance and stop the worldwide cleansing by madmen.
The New Agenda is both a prequel and sequel to City Center, book one in the New Agenda series. The story bounces back and forth from his youth to the Ava’s world, though focusing primarily on Morray’s youth. Chief Morray’s gradual transformation into evil is both tragic and in some ways, inevitable.
This is appropriately book two in the series. While it easily stands alone, it would not be good to read them out of order. The young Morray is not at all like his future self. He is a crusader of justice and morality and utterly unlike his cruel father until circumstances force him forward. An important question is asked: can a human mind be uploaded to a computer and still retain its humanity.
It would be unfair to compare the two books as they are quite different. Each is a novel unto themselves, with only the overarching theme of a controlled society in common. It is full of action and retains the surreal mood of its prequel.
Ryan Kennard Burke performs the story well. He has a pleasant voice and is appropriate to the many young characters. He generally stays out of the way, leaving the listener to form his or her own visualization of the characters. The voices are easily differentiated. A solid performance.
The New Agenda is perhaps a shade less entertaining than its predecessor; it is still an excellent read. If you enjoyed City Center, you should not hesitate to listen to this and its sequel. Good dystopian Sci-Fi with plenty of action and intriguing characters.
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