Author Simon Morley was browsing Google Maps when he came up with an ingenious idea; what if he could actually transport himself to the places he was visiting, and walk down the streets for real, with a simple click? And why just on Earth? With his creative cogs spinning at an unstoppable pace, he put pen to paper and created ‘The Universe Wide Web’ series.
The series is contemporary action science-fiction, although multiple genres come to the surface in a world where the Universe Wide Web provides real, fast-moving adventures. Book One, ‘The Universe Wide Web: 1. Getting Started’, proves that any bright new technology can also have a dark side.
This is the first book in the fast-paced action sci-fi adventure series The Universe Wide Web. When thirteen year old Jack Smart stumbled across the intergalactic internet known as the Universe Wide Web, little did he realise what adventures and dangers lay ahead.
The Universe Wide Web (or uni-web) differs from World Wide Web; it’s an actual place, somewhere out there in the aether, that you enter for real. And you can use it to click and travel instantly to anywhere in the universe. It has web-rooms, chat rooms, web-games and markets; it’s a huge, labyrinthine place full of alien creatures and strange technologies. It has millions of users - creatures from all over the universe; though only one person from earth has ever logged on.
Jack discovers that his deceased father, an astro-physicist, was not only the first Earth based user of the Universe Wide Web, but also worked on its technology design, and held the security code that is at its core. This code holds the key to controlling it. But the code brings with it danger from many unscrupulous creatures trying to steal it.
He ventures onto the intergalactic internet, meeting many new acquaintances, creatures from all over the universe, along the way. Many of these uni-web using creatures are friendly; but some are most definitely dangerous.
Characters such as Duality, and Metallic, two very large lizards, Doctor Spin, a giant spider, Breeze-Surfer and Game-Seer who create online games, and Bug-Free, a grumpy beetle, become his friends.
Jack has to learn to use the mind-browser – the interface to the Universe Wide Web that taps into your conscious. He also learns how to use uni-web apps, such as the stealth app that lets the user move invisibly, or apps that bring avatars to life. He also learns to play online games – fantastic virtual games that the players take part in for real.
He tries to keep his online adventures separate from his life at home, with his family and school friends, but eventually they collide. Jack gets drawn into a desperate search, which takes him to many dark corners of the uni-web, and to distant planets in the far corners of the universe.
Unscrupulous creatures are out to get him, to try to discover whether he knows what his father knew. This eventually culminates in a battle to save the uni-web from pirate take-over - and only Jack has the means to save the Universe Wide Web.
“The Universe Wide Web is more than our own just the communication web we use,” explains Morley. “The experience is much more complete - you actually enter it for real; surfing the web becomes a tangible adventure. It was such an interesting concept that I couldn’t put it to rest until I’d turned it into something I could share with the world.”
Readers are glad Morley did, leaving hugely-positive reviews. SB comments, “It's fast moving, quirky and feels like anything could happen and probably will! The author's imagination takes us to another world but then brings us back to family and reality. You want to accompany Jack on his search, but at the same time at the back of your mind you wonder whether he is getting into danger....”
AT adds, “This is one of those books that you just won't be able to put down! Hold on tight as you're catapulted around the universe in this exciting and imaginative read. You will definitely be recommending this to all your friends. Well done Mr Morley - I can't wait to read the next book in the series!”
More adventures wait in ‘The Universe Wide Web: 2 Uploading’ and ‘The Universe Wide Web: 3. Profile Settings’. Readers can expect fast moving adventures on far way planets and Jack’s biggest test to date – a death-defying race against time to save the lives of his friends.
In the meantime, ‘The Universe Wide Web: 1. Getting Started’, is available now: http://amzn.to/1Ek28qr.