“No, I don’t care about the rug!” Vai roared, and then immediately retracted his statement. “No, I take it back. The rug is what I care about most in the world. This is something else, though. I’m not insane. Something is wrong. I can feel it.”Fusion World by Joesph Tamone
- Review 4 out of 5 stars
- Kindle Edition
- 327 pages
- Published October 15th 2018 by Chandra Press
From the publisher, “A small band of young people must find a way to come together as a team to stop a maniac bent on the destruction of the known universe. Through the course of the story the team grows tightly knit and is ultimately successful. Raven, an assassin for the enemy, has a change of heart and joins forces with the team. Her transformation from cold and ruthless killer to caring teammate is a focal point of the story. The metamorphic theme is one of the core components of the work. Vai, the snarky sarcastic kid, becomes a compassionate leader. Sajaler, finds that he can turn the tide in a battle without killing. Marissa learns she has what it takes to do what needs to be done. All the characters come away more mature and surer of themselves. When the dust settles after the crescendo, Cain has been stopped, but Vai and Adam are missing.”
The First Chapter, First Paragraph
“People tend to be resilient by nature. They fight for what they believe in, and it takes a lot to make them give up that fight, but take away their home, clean air, food, water, and all other essential needs to sustain a normal life, quality of life is diminished, and that resilience is weakened to a considerable extent. When people get desperate enough, they will obey just about anyone or anything.”
“You will stop acting like a bunch of immature pricks, and you will behave, or I will shoot you all. Trust me, I have plenty of bullets.”
Fusion World by Joesph Tamone
When reading this story the question you have to ask your self repeatedly is:
“What is the Fusion World Project?”
Because while reading the first hundred pages or so, the reader doesn’t know. Fusion World is written as if you are coming into a TV show in the middle of a show season. This might seem a bit discombobulating for some readers, but for me, I was intrigued. I wanted to know more about the characters and why they were reacting the way they did. The author keeps you in the dark a bit, doling out pieces of information as the story progresses until you can put everything together like a jigsaw puzzle in the end. Often when authors write multiple books in a series, each book is a mini story in of itself. I don’t get that impression with this story. I felt like I was reading one part of a single long story. Yes, there was a story arc to this book but it seemed small potatoes compared to the larger story.
One thing that completely floored me was the ending. As I said, I spent a lot of this book grasping at the pieces of the story and slowly filling in the backstories. Right around the 75% mark, BAM. Everything began to fall into place and I audibly said “Oh Holy Shit” a few times. Tamone brought everything together and I was cheering for the characters.
A fun parallel I drew while reading this story was the Philanthropy Team was a ragtag group of members. All had different strengths and weaknesses as they tried to overcome huge odds. It made me think of the 80’s movie Red Dawn. The writing is much better in this story, but I could just imagine Sajaler shouting “PHILANTHROPY” while spray painting it on an enemy tank.
I had a lot of fun reading this story. Even when it felt disjointed in the beginning, it still had amazing dialog and character creation. I am looking forward to the next book where Tamone feels even more comfortable in the characters and they stretch out a bit. Give this story a try, you will dig it. It is a great example of science fiction.
I received this as a review copy from the publisher, Chandra Press. In exchange for my honest review.
About the Author
Joseph Lewis Tamone lives in Wilmington, Delaware. Despite getting a degree in Environmental Engineering, Joseph has always found an escape in his quirky imagination that lent its way to his passion for writing. Joseph is an avid animal lover and history buff. When he is not writing, he enjoys escaping into the world of video games, nature, and most importantly, reading and researching. He lives in Delaware with his lovely wife, Erica, and their house full of animals.