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The Boy Who Played With Dark Matter (Sequels to the Count of Monte Cristo #11)

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Zeddy, a 6 year old boy in the year 2099, finds himself setting out on an incredible adventure following the mysterious disappearance of his father. Zeddy discovers that there is more to the world than meets the eye and things in the universe that he never imagined.

As the journey begins, Zeddy encounters sorcerers, strange creatures from another world, and a professor who
Kindle Edition, 168 pages
Published December 21st 2012 by Illuminated Publications Limited
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James Moray
Apr 20, 2013 James Moray rated it did not like it
In all the time of considering myself a reader, I’ve never come across a published book that clearly illustrated to me the sufficient conditions of bad writing. Over the years I have been exposed to thousands of pages of fiction artifacts, varying extremely in their artistic measure, yet always amounting in a textually digestible whole. This may have resulted from beginning readings either by creative recommendation of trusted friends or by academic mandate, but either way the material was of a ...more
Sam Jones
Apr 18, 2013 Sam Jones rated it did not like it
Augh. So depressing to find an interesting concept weighed down and sunk by poor execution.

This drew me in right away with its dystopian setting and a couple of novel ideas (such as the oppressive government passing and distributing multiple new laws per day), but quickly devolved into nonsense. I realize this is ostensibly a children's book, but that is no excuse for doing things half-assed. We have mythical magical beings appearing with no explanation, an admittedly bright six-year-old having
Jan 29, 2014 Maria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. This is a book that has wonderful potential. I had such high hopes for the story, but it let me down. I can see where parts of this story were inspired from greats such as A Wrinkle in Time and Fahrenheit 451, but people would do this book a service by not comparing it those stories. Anyone reading this while expecting another L Engle or Bradbury will be disappointed. The over use of Z names and Z words started to get ...more
Stefan Poth
Oct 23, 2014 Stefan Poth rated it did not like it
Holy cow, this is a bad book.
Jan 06, 2013 Heidi rated it it was amazing
The world has become over-polluted, and an International Government changes laws each day. This is the world young Zeddy lives in. Zeddy’s father, Zane, disappears mysteriously one day after a huge boom is heard. Soon Zeddy and his mother, Zadie, are off on an adventure to find his father.
Before Zeddy leaves on his adventure, he learns that there is a little bit more to his parents than he ever realized. And he also finds that his father had traveled much more than he realized. He finds a small
Neha Verma
Apr 17, 2013 Neha Verma rated it really liked it
The boy who played with dark matter is a continuation in the series of The Count of Monte Cristo written by the anonymous writer Holy Ghost. The author takes his readers into the distant future of 2099 where the world is strictly ruled by the government, which formulates a minimum of 10-15 new laws every day.

The story revolves around Zeddy, an average boy with an extraordinary IQ, but he has to keep this a secret as the new government would otherwise enforce him in labour.

The plot kicks off when
Tony Laplume
Apr 03, 2013 Tony Laplume rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Boy Who Played With Dark Matter is a fascinating book written in the vein of The Little Prince. It's the story of Zeddy, who learns that everything basically everything he thought he knew about his life was a lie. When his father goes missing, Zeddy discovers the truth not only about a strange neighbor who turns out to be the Lady of the Lake from Arthurian legend, but that the government he has known all his life has been hiding its true history from the public. Soon he discovers the existe ...more
Matt Kelland
Jan 02, 2013 Matt Kelland rated it liked it
After reading two others in this series (The Sultan of Monte Cristo and That Girl Started Her Own Country), I guess I should have been prepared for just about anything. The first of those is a sort of Arabian Nights fantasy, while the second is a contemporary thriller clearly inspired by Stieg Larsson. The second (unpublished) sequel is themed around Sherlock Holmes. Stylistically and thematically, they're all completely different.

This addition to the series is in the style of a children's scien
Jada Dubya
Aug 06, 2013 Jada Dubya rated it it was amazing
Science fiction is riddled with the concept of the gifted boy. These little guys tend to possess a special trait that is the key to unlock humanity’s salvation. In The Boy Who Played with Dark Matter, an incredibly smart kid named Zeddy finds out that his dystopian world is full of untruths pushed by the International Government, an authoritative body that controls the future. His life is turned upside down when his father Zane suddenly disappears one day while walking their dog. Soon after, Zed ...more
Jul 01, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, won-in-giveaway
" are about to undertake life-changing adventures, young Zeddy. Most importantly, you will not be able to share your story with others, as young boys are often prone to do. This will have to be your secret adventure. You will need help and knowledge to successfully complete your journey and bring your father home." -pg. 19

It's August 31, 2099. The sky has just blazed neon pink and, just like that, Zeddy's father has disappeared. He and his mom search for him but find nothing. Zeddy will ne
Jason E
Jan 21, 2013 Jason E rated it it was amazing
You don't see many books that combine the cutting edge of modern physics with wizards and witches in a dystopian future, and do it in such a way that it is enjoyable for young readers. It has been a long time since I was a six year old child like the protagonist of this book, but I tried to read it with the eyes of a child, and I am glad that I did so. So is my daughter, who is reading it now.

The book follows the adventures of Zeddy and his mother Zadie (the names of the main characters, as well
Jen Moore
May 30, 2013 Jen Moore rated it really liked it
After having one’s curiosity peaked by the direction of his stories and the identity of the Holy Ghost Writer, The Boy Who Played with Dark Matter is another fast and entertaining read.
The story is set decades ahead in a different world which is not completely unimaginable – Amerasia – where we meet the new main characters, Zeddy and his family. The Holy Ghost Writer’s imaginative projects of what life is like after the world has combined under one authority – the International Government – is
Kim Anne
Jan 26, 2013 Kim Anne rated it it was amazing
After he has put an ingenious closure to the 19th century classic The Count of Monte Cristo with his The Sultan of Monte Cristo and penning its sequel That Girl Started Her Own Country, the ever mysterious Holy Ghost Writer added another one to his array of great works — The Boy Who Played With Dark Matter.

The story is set in the year 2099 - a time when the world is ruled over by one central International Government which changes the laws every single day. The world is, in year 2099, completely
Dec 26, 2012 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Okay, I'm hooked! Completely hooked! I have just finished the third story I've read by this writer, or team of writers, or brilliant beings from the fantastic worlds they write about.

In seriousness, this is the third story I've read. The first, "That Girl Started Her Own Country", was set in our current time and had a masterfully intelligent and cool female protagonist wrongfully sent to prison. It was written in the style of Stieg Larsson, without the crazy cruelty and extreme violence, and it
Dale Mcgready
Sep 13, 2013 Dale Mcgready rated it really liked it
If you’ve read "That Girl Who Started Her Own Country" then you will have the backdrop for this story. In The “Boy Who Played With Dark Matter” you get the horrifying future that was predicted in the previous book. This book is a dystopian future with a magical twist. Like every dystopian novel, the government controls everything through a massive amounts of laws. Caffeine is even restricted. Can you imagine? The book begins with Zeddy, an independent minded character to begin with, learning tha ...more
Bertrand Dubois
Nov 20, 2013 Bertrand Dubois rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading «The Boy Who Played with Dark Matter» and totally enjoyed it. After read 2 other books from Holy Ghost Writer, I was intrigued by this sci-fi title. And had no idea about it was talking about!
In the same epic challenge, write imagine future tribulations of the “Count of Monte Christo” book! I can qualify myself of Sci-Fi fan, fueled by Barjavel and Asimov when I was young. I was expecting in this book, the same talent of manipulation of the plot I found in “The Sultan of
Jan 01, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
Set at the dawn of the 22nd Century, this is about a young boy whose view of the world is turned upside down.

Zeddy lives with his parents, Zane and Zadie. The world is under the control of the fascist International Government. All citizens have to check the computer each morning to see what new laws have been imposed overnight. Instant adherence to all new laws is expected. The penalty for non-adherence is to be taken away by the International Police, and never seen again.

One day, while walking
Toni Sinns
Jan 15, 2013 Toni Sinns rated it really liked it
One thing about the Holy Ghost Writer is you never know what to really expect from them. However, you do know that the story will be unique and out of this world. Well this story takes you a bit further out of this world. Following an idea of a children's book with fun adventure, characters, and a boys adventure to find something lost you are also met with a very intelligent science fiction feeling as well. Having the two clash together in the typical writing of questions and unanswers the Holy ...more
Jay Douglass
Mar 26, 2013 Jay Douglass rated it really liked it
This book was right up my alley. As a futurist, I loved that it takes place 2099. This is a futuristic tale full of fantasy, science fiction and suspense.
Once again the author comes through with a well paced and beautifully written novel.
The story is ideal for readers of any age. My son Aaron is 11 and he liked it as well.
There are topical themes that only adults will probably get, though, such as government intrusion into our daily lives.
The main character Zeddy is only 6 but has a genius I.Q
Jan 07, 2013 Michikit rated it it was amazing
This is the third book written by Holly Ghost Writer that I've read lately. Trust me; the writing style can get addictive. So yes, I've read "That Girl started her own country" and "The sultan of Monte Cristo" and even though I liked both of them, I fell in love with "The Boy Who Played With Dark Matter". This might be my favorite so far.

So the story is about Zeddy, a young boy in his search for his father. Zeddy is a smart boy, he clearly can take care of himself in the most complicated situati
Chris G
Jun 18, 2013 Chris G rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure
This is the third of Holy Ghost Writer’s books that I have read and I all I can say is I can’t get enough of his or her work. This is quite a large jump from the stories that I have previously read, but still an amazing story that’s hard to put down.

The story is set future in the fictitious country of Amerasia just before the outset of the 22 century. The country is ruled by a tyrannical government that finds reasons to introduce new laws daily to limit the freedoms of individuals.

The story rev
Tessa Stockton
Feb 17, 2014 Tessa Stockton rated it really liked it
An imaginative yarn that is refreshingly suitable for all ages. Despite its dystopian theme and being a touch psychedelic, it’s quite light, entertaining, and adventuresome, too. The Boy Who Played With Dark Matter is uniquely written—even musical at times—and presented a nice share of science. My only little qualm, it could use a more thorough editing. Overall, a fun and interesting read.
Lemesle Anne-sophie
May 29, 2014 Lemesle Anne-sophie rated it really liked it
This book will bring up some good memories from your childhood :)
A fantasy and science fiction crossroad such as a smoothie of Peter Pan, Men in Black and Star Treck with a touch of IT super hero.
The more you read and the more you get emotionally involved with the characters.
A good book to distract your mind from your daily life!
Nov 17, 2013 Dini rated it really liked it
While going through the free book offers in Amazon, I was instantly attracted to this book for all the good reviews. Firstly, I liked the title of it; being a big Harry Potter fan it reminded me the phrase “The Boy Who Lived”. The name Zeddy was cute and his journey is exciting. This is the first time that I’ trying a sequel to a well known story written by an author other than the original and in this case HGW has gone more steps ahead by including a touch of many other popular fictions to the ...more
Mohit Mohan
Apr 09, 2013 Mohit Mohan rated it it was amazing
This book revolves around earth in the future. t has lot of mysteries and author keeps himself a mystery. i feel that this book is more adventurous and a excellent book to read.
There are some particular things that I liked about the boy who played with dark matter. First thing is that the author was successful in building a story about something that we have always known. Although we never have expected the world end to be this way, the nearing end does not surprise us. An international governme
Paula Thompson
Jan 22, 2013 Paula Thompson rated it it was amazing
This is the third book that I have read by Holy Ghost writer and I am amazed by the author’s talent and imagination. It’s amazing how the author writes these stories in a way where they are interlinked but can also stand on their own as great writing. Zeddy is a precocious and intelligent character. His story is very well developed and I found myself engaged with his story and hoping for success in his mission to find out what happened to his father. The author’s descriptions convey images of th ...more
Sarah Addison
Feb 22, 2013 Sarah Addison rated it it was amazing
The Boy Who Played with Dark Matter- WOW! What a cool book and premise! My friend Annabel and I read this book, and LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT! The really cool part about it is its so short, but so much happens. I didn't realize that it would be such an intense book, and I loved it! It is the third of a trilogy, the whole series is extremely engaging. I read it because someone suggested it to me (I don't usually read a lot of books) and will definitely be reading the first two because I loved the ...more
A.L. Harris
Jan 14, 2013 A.L. Harris rated it it was amazing
It keeps getting better!

HGW has done it again. I immediately fell in love with Zane, Zadie, and Zeddy and their world. You don’t find too many stories with resourceful boy protagonists and I always waited to see what Zeddy would do. From the minute I started reading, I was locked into the drama. I really liked that there were touches of King Arthur in the story. Legends are always fun to read about. The way the concepts of science, magic, and freedom are handled is really intriguing. This world
Jan 05, 2013 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Zizzer zazzer zuzz, as you can plainly see.

Just kidding - but I did think of Dr Seuss, with all the Z names that the author unleashed upon this book.

Not to mention I think Dr Seuss had quite the incredible imagination - as does the writer here.

While this book DID read a bit YA - it is very entertaining, and while I do have issues with the dialogues (seem forced almost? too much detail? or is it my flu talking...) the world that is described is properly fantastic, and combining magic and science,
Sue Bouchard
Jan 12, 2013 Sue Bouchard rated it it was amazing
Another in a great series…
This is another great book in an epic series that is spanning centuries. In this book a boy, Zeddy, is traveling to distant planets in the far future in search of his father. With strange and intriguing creatures plus equally strange and intriguing locations this book leads you in to an adventure that you don’t want to end.
Just like the author’s other books this one is well-written and full of twists and turns. What will happen next? Where can the author take us now? T
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