Not many people know that during the beginning of 2013, I was asked by the wonderful author, Mr. Matthew Mather, to be a beta-reader for his novel CyberStorm. I discovered his work on Amazon when I came across The Complete Atopia Chronicles, a series of six ‘sidequels’ that operate on one timeline and start at relatively the same time. I love that series so much it was my top book for the year of 2012, garnering that elusive five stars rating that I very rarely give out. You can read my review on The Complete Atopia Chronicles HERE, and trust me, you’d want to read this book.
I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started reading CyberStorm, but boy did it blow my mind. There’s always a little bit of stigma surrounding published novels, but what people don’t realise is that sometimes authors choose to take this path because it gives them the freedom to write what pleases them. I for one am very glad that Mather took this path because it means I get to enjoy a piece of work that is not influenced by any need to appease a certain demographic. This novel receives the highest praise and I feel so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work with such a wonderful author.
On 11 July 2013, I woke up to the wonderful news that 20th Century Fox had acquired CyberStorm for film rights! Read the press release here. If this doesn’t show you how great of a novel it is, perhaps a little bit of a synopsis may help:
Synopsis: “Sometimes the worst storms aren’t caused by Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren’t in the ones in our heads…
“The plausible nightmare scenario in this story absolutely terrifies me.” – Jeremey Bray, book reviewer for Global Geek News
Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters start appearing on the world’s news networks. As the world and cyberworlds come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, becoming a wintry tomb where no one can be trusted, and nothing is what it seems…” (Taken from Goodreads)
Truly a wonderful read, so if you’re a lover of science-fiction, do yourself a favour and pick up this book!
Congratulations Matthew Mather, I’m so happy for you and look forward to many wonderful works by you in the future!