The Void

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The zombie apocalypse looms as Alex Cronlord struggles to protect her family from a stitch-faced assassin. More

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Published: April 23, 2012
Words: 63,880
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476480985
About John Abramowitz

John Abramowitz is a long, tall Texan (very, very tall) born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. Educated at Grinnell College in the great state of Iowa, he considers Iowa his second home state, and keeps on good terms with both by eating both barbecue AND corn. When he's not watching way too much sci-fi/fantasy TV or reading similar books (or working, obviously), you can usually find him reading the news or playing video games. He currently resides in Austin, Texas, where he works as a lawyer and author.

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Review by: Stephen C. Ormsby on May 14, 2012 : star star star star
Being friends with authors has benefits as lately I was asked to read the ARC for John Abramowitz's new book The Void. Firstly, let me say that I consider John a friend, but do not think that this will bias this review in any way. When I read a book I want the book to be good.

Fortunately for The Void, I found myself totally engrossed in the story of Alex and Moira within its opening pages. Having read Book 1 (Weaver) and enjoying it, I wondered whether Mr Abramowitz could carry the story into a second book.

Have no doubts on this score. It is captivating and compelling and weaves (oh so funny) a secondary, older storyline into the events with such ease. To read this, you do not need to have read the first book in the series but it will help to understand the context behind the goings on.

I do not want to say too much more about the story itself, as I think you will be as absorbed by it as I was. The writing is great and moves along at a very swift pace and you will find yourself hitting that page button almost too fast for you own liking. By the end of it, I only had one question – how long do I need to wait before the next one is out?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stephen C. Ormsby on May 14, 2012 : (no rating)
Being friends with authors has benefits as lately I was asked to read the ARC for John Abramowitz's new book The Void. Firstly, let me say that I consider John a friend, but do not think that this will bias this review in any way. When I read a book I want the book to be good.

Fortunately for The Void, I found myself totally engrossed in the story of Alex and Moira within its opening pages. Having read Book 1 (Weaver) and enjoying it, I wondered whether Mr Abramowitz could carry the story into a second book.

Have no doubts on this score. It is captivating and compelling and weaves (oh so funny) a secondary, older storyline into the events with such ease. To read this, you do not need to have read the first book in the series but it will help to understand the context behind the goings on.

I do not want to say too much more about the story itself, as I think you will be as absorbed by it as I was. The writing is great and moves along at a very swift pace and you will find yourself hitting that page button almost too fast for you own liking. By the end of it, I only had one question – how long do I need to wait before the next one is out?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: M W on May 12, 2012 : star star star star star
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.



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.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kristen Romanelli on May 12, 2012 : star star star
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.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: jane anne on May 12, 2012 : star star star star
3.5*

Alex doesn’t know who she can trust anymore, even her nightmares are becoming unpredictable and confusing… Was that the present or the past she dreamt of? She can’t tell anymore. Once Sigmund shows up with his sewn-up face and his unfinished business with Ainsling something has to be done so Graves is left with no choice but to turn to the murdering pyromaniac Zach, and his friend ‘Cloak’ to help Alex travel to the Void and deal with the Xorda once and for all.

This isn’t one of my favourite series’ sometimes I found it a little hard going, it was very busy with lots of things happening, different characters and their stories to keep track of. There was James and his military background, Ainsling and her issues with Sigmund, we have the rejects Zach and Cloak, Miora and her mother and then Alex who was trying to make sense of her visions and deal with watching her mothers early life unfold before her eyes. On top of that we had the Xorda attacking, the involvement of the FBI and the doctor with his syringe full of serum! My head was in a spin with it all!

It was action packed that’s for sure, there was something happening or something to think about in every paragraph. There was no fluff and there was none of the descriptive visuals either…. I kind of missed having the surroundings described and seeing the characters interactions rather than just being told how they feel or what they are thinking. The book is very dialogue driven which left me needing to create Alex’s world from my own imagination with little or no help from the writer.

John Abramowitz can write a great story, he proved that for me with ‘Atticus for the undead.’ ‘The Void’ book 2 in the ‘Weaver saga’ is a very different story and didn’t hold my interest as I hoped it would. All that said it had an interesting premise and an ending that ensures more books will follow. I’m sure there are fans of the genre for whom this series will turn out to be a favourite but it isn’t for me. I think I have been slightly ruined by reading ‘Atticus for the Undead’ first because in terms of grabbing the reader and feeding your imagination I find that book by the author far superior to this saga.

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(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kriss Morton on May 12, 2012 : star star star star
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.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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