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  • Literary Titan

    Zero Day Rising is the third book in author T.C. Weber’s BetterWorld series. It is a futuristic cyber thriller that tackles the issues of data privacy, an increasingly controlling government, and the role of digital giants in our daily lives; all issues that are relevant today. It tells the story of sisters Kiyoko and Waylee who are caught up in a fight against an insidious and ever-growing media conglomerate and a corrupt government. Kiyoko and her team are an intriguing and likable bunch. It’s set up such that it’s basically them versus a pretty depressing world, but somehow it’s easy to have faith in their ability to pull through. I have recently become interested in cybersecurity and the role it plays in today’s world, so the hacking scenes were my favorite parts. I thought that the technology and jargon used in the book felt authentic, and I enjoyed reading about the psychological element that goes on behind the scenes. Some of the explanations of the devices, like the ‘polyflex neal interface’ or the multiple mentions of the ‘peer-to-peer network’, were a bit on the technical side but were so interesting, and placed in context, that they’re easy to roll with. Overall, there’s a great balance the author achieves by making the action convincing yet immensely readable. I particularly enjoyed the relevance of the plot in today’s world. The idea of the media in cahoots with the government, working to control people via information, no longer seems like a science fiction story. I can easily think of many global political scandals that involved the unfair use of data by social media giants and other media networks. It is interesting that this has started reflecting in fiction novels as well, as it makes reading T.C. Weber’s novel an engaging yet scary experience. Either way, I appreciated the way the author managed to create what could easily be an “alternate-universe” version of our planet. Even more, I loved the fact that the protagonist was a girl who was equipped with technical skills that rivaled most hackers’. Overall, Zero Day Rising is a gritty technothriller that i would recommend to anyone who is interested in examining the dangerous ways information can be used against humanity. Or even for anyone just looking for a thrilling cyber-adventure.

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  • Well-crafted story

    Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite Zero-Day Rising is the third book in The BetterWorld Trilogy by T. C. Weber. The author provides a good synopsis for the previous two books in the series, giving a solid background that will help readers take off with the characters without feeling lost in the story. Kiyoko is determined to free her sister who has been found guilty of all the charges against her. She also wants to destroy President Rand and MediaCorp, the corporation that has invented the successor to the internet: Comnet. She has already lost Gabriel whom she pledged to marry and while she plots how to bring down MediaCorp, the powerful company has its next devastating plan for humanity: to orchestrate mind control through cerebral implants. With the overwhelming surveillance and the manhunt directed at them, can Kiyoko and her sister’s team stop MediaCorp? You are caught up between the virtual gaming world and real human emotions, plunged into a setting that is as sophisticated as it is relevant. The setting is better described in the words of Bob Luxmore in the story: 'BetterWorld is not just for gaming or chatting. It is a place with unlimited horizons, where a quadriplegic could compete in marathons and a rural villager could study simulations of black holes.' But it is far worse than that; it is a world where liberties are gradually being lost and where the most disturbing form of oppression is orchestrated. This novel features high and advanced technology and portrays what the world could become if its leadership fell in the wrong hands or what cynical and egoistic leaders could do were they in possession of the kind of digital technology that Mediacorp has developed. Zero-Day Rising is an action-packed story set in a world that is partly dystopian and virtual; it is very imaginative. I adored the way the characters are written; they are solid and each of them is driven by motivation that is clearly defined and propulsive. T. C. Weber writes in excellent prose and he creates characters that readers can easily relate to; the plot is unpredictable and it features high stakes for the key characters. Great handling of conflict, wonderful storytelling craft, and a world that is as exciting as it is dynamic.

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  • Engaging and entertaining!

    Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Zero-Day Rising is the third book in The BetterWorld Trilogy by T. C. Weber and in this installment, Kiyoko sets out on a dangerous mission to free her sister, Waylee, who is facing life imprisonment. She is also out to sink MediaCorp and to destroy U.S. President Rand. What she does not know is that MediaCorp has its own sinister plan; it is about mind control using cerebral implants and they are targeting the population. Can Kiyoko and her sister’s team stop the deadly onslaught of this corporation on humanity? This is science fiction at its best, a tale of resistance against an aggressive and utterly oppressive government and a corporation about to rob everyone of their freedom. T. C. Weber creates a world that is irresistible, especially to fans of virtual reality games. It is sophisticated and the new digital technology is designed to offer not just endless possibilities but power to its owners that no one or corporation has thus far enjoyed. It is in this digital context that the dynamics of the conflict are created. The characters are well-developed and I enjoyed the way the author fills in the blanks with information from the previous installments without digressing from the main plot. Zero-Day Rising is filled with action, brimming with sophisticated characters, and propelled forward by a monumental conflict. The writing is superb and this skillfully plotted and beautifully written story demonstrates how a few corporations can take control over the lives of millions of people, thanks to the power of digital technology. It is a novel with a clear and strong message about what happens when too much power is given to the wrong people — it is as entertaining and as mind-boggling as any can be.

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  • A sensational tale!

    Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Zero-Day Rising is the third book in The BetterWorld Trilogy by T. C. Weber. Kiyoko is ready to take charge and free Waylee before it is too late. Tired of hiding, Kiyoko knows she and her group of friends are the only people who can bring Waylee back and stop MediaCorp before it is too late. With most of them hunted and wanted by the authorities, Kiyoko, Charles, Pel, and Nicholas have to get one step ahead of MediaCorp and President Rand. They also have to make sure they bring an end to MediaCorp before it takes control of everything. The task may be bigger than them, but they know they have no other choice. Can Kiyoko save her sister and the rest of humanity? Or is it already too late to save anyone? Although I haven't read the previous novels in the series, I had zero issues connecting with Kiyoko and becoming invested in Zero-Day Rising. It is an easy science fiction novel to read, and this is primarily because of the author's writing style. Opening the book with Bob is a smart move on the author's part. It sets the tone of the story and shows that tension will be high until the very last page. T. C. Weber talks about many futuristic technologies, yet nothing is too futuristic to be considered unrealistic. Things do get a bit technical, but the author explains everything in a very natural way. The pace is perfect, the characters get time and page space to grow properly, and the plot is incredible. The background building is phenomenal and done exceptionally well. It is fantastic and realistic at the same time!

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  • A compelling novel

    Reviewed by Jose Cornelio for Readers' Favorite Zero-Day Rising is the third book in The BetterWorld Trilogy by T. C. Weber. The story follows Kiyoko, a kickass female protagonist as she sets out on a dangerous mission to rescue her sister, Waylee, who is facing life imprisonment, and to destroy MediaCorp and President Rand. MediaCorp has been using their advanced technology to control the population, and this time has a sinister plan to up their game to total mind control with cerebral implants. MediaCorp is after Kiyoko and her friends while they work hard to penetrate the company’s networks. The stakes are high, the danger impending, and time fast running out. It is a game of wits, intelligence, strength, and scientific prowess. The story has strong plot lines and elements like Francis’s and Farah’s murders help to flesh out the plot. The characters inhabit a world of advanced digital technology and T. C. Weber develops this aspect of the narrative with great confidence and imagination, exploring possibilities in scientific development while keeping the setting real and accessible to readers. I enjoyed the characters and the intrigue and the way the author develops MediaCorp’s quest for control. Characters like President Rand reflect the worst that readers can imagine in leadership and the character is well-written to deserve the hatred and loathing he gets from Kiyoko and her friends. Themes of love, friendship, murder, corruption, and family are ingeniously written into the story, and I adored the connection between Pel and Waylee, the teamwork, and Kiyoko’s devotion to her sister. While Zero-Day Rising is the third book in the trilogy, it can be read as a standalone novel; it features a background synopsis from the previous books. It is a compelling story with strong conflict and a satisfying ending.

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