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Paraworld Zero (Parallel Worlds)

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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Twelve-year-old earthling, Simon Kent, stumbles upon a secret that thrusts him into a bizarre adventure filled with magic, technology and deadly out-of-this-world creatures. He discovers a true friend, confronts his inner demons and becomes the savior to a peculiar race of people, when all he truly wants is to find his way back home.

Parallel to Simon's adventures is a myst
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Published August 26th 2008 by Parallel Worlds LLC (first published January 1st 2008)
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Matthew Peterson
Dec 13, 2007 Matthew Peterson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'm biased, since I wrote the book, so I'll just list the unabridged blurbs from the back cover and list some other reviews people have given on Paraworld Zero recently. Find more info about Paraworld Zero at the official website: www.ParaWorlds.com

"It’s always a pleasure to find a new writer who is comfortable in that marvelous borderland between fantasy and science fiction. Even more of a pleasure to find one with flair and humour and a truly original imagination.

"What do you get when the eff
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Kelly Moran
After reading Paraworld Zero, by Matthew Peterson, I am impressed. Matthew Peterson resides in Arizona with his wife and five sons. He has a degree in Business Management, an Eagle Scout award, and a second degree black belt in karate. Paraworld Zero is his first title.
Simon Kent thought he was just an ordinary twelve year old. He may be a bit of a weakling, have asthma, chased by bullies, and live in a foster home- but he does have his video games. That is, until he stumbles upon Tonya, a girl
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Nao
Feb 23, 2009 Nao rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans, Young Adults
I think this is the type of book you either love or dismiss, depending on your personality and age. I know the intended audience (ages 8 - 16) will love this. For me as an adult, I absolutely loved it as well. But that's because I enjoy a good story with interesting characters. This is not a serious book, though there are a couple of serious moments. The mystery in Paraworld Zero was just enough to keep me guessing. I wish there was a little more romance, but the characters are fairly young (12 ...more
Alicia
I just read this new fantasy book and thoroughly enjoyed it. It has all that is good with Harry Potter mixed with the excitement of Star Wars. Although its geared for young adults and teens, I think adults would like it as well. I sure did. The book cover and chapter illustrations are fun and descriptive. One look and you know exactly what youre getting into: action, magic, and creatures. The story is deeper than just your normal action book, though, because it deals with issues of slavery, low ...more
Michelle Mccauley
When I started reading Paraworld Zero I was skeptical that it was going to be as good as some of the books I have read recently, not to name that one series of books that have seven books and have made millions and millions of dollars of revenue from their movies, toys, etc. But what I found out in less than a page, was this was better. I couldn't put the book down. I read it in one day and then started to read it again the next. I can't wait for the next series of books. I hope the author gets ...more
Tanya
Jan 05, 2008 Tanya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents and tween/teens
I was very impressed! I read it in a couple of days. Let's just say my house was a wreck when my husband got home! I really liked it and found it an enjoyable read. My son then took it, LOVED it, and is now excited to do a book report on it. It's a great read for the whole family!
Colton
Jan 15, 2009 Colton rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jared, Courtney, and Morgan
This book is amazing! The ending is a cliff hanger and leads you into the next book. I think it is like a Harry Potter advendure all over again!
Nao
Feb 23, 2009 Nao rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans, Young Adults
I first read the e-book and then listened to the audiobook, so I'll post my review here as well.

I think this is the type of book you either love or dismiss, depending on your personality and age. I know the intended audience (ages 8 - 16) will love this. For me as an adult, I absolutely loved it as well. But that's because I enjoy a good story with interesting characters. This is not a serious book, though there are a couple of serious moments. The mystery in Paraworld Zero was just enough to ke
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Nao
Feb 23, 2009 Nao rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans, Young Adults
I read the e-book and listened to the audiobook, so I'll post my review here as well.

I think this is the type of book you either love or dismiss, depending on your personality and age. I know the intended audience (ages 8 - 16) will love this. For me as an adult, I absolutely loved it as well. But that's because I enjoy a good story with interesting characters. This is not a serious book, though there are a couple of serious moments. The mystery in Paraworld Zero was just enough to keep me guess
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Nancy Albrick
I found this book by accident and fell in love with the story and characters. My children have listened to it several times. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next installment. The narration is smooth and the story is filled with impressive creativity, and the ending is simply divine. It might be too intense for smaller children, but if they are mature enough to read Harry Potter and Eragon, then they could also read Paraworld Zero. Do not miss this one.
Nancy Albrick
Mar 21, 2009 Nancy Albrick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young Adults, Teens
I found this book by accident and fell in love with the story and characters. My children have listened to it several times. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next installment. The narration is smooth and the story is filled with impressive creativity, and the ending is simply divine. It might be too intense for smaller children, but if they are mature enough to read Harry Potter and Eragon, then they could also read Paraworld Zero. Do not miss this one.
Terry
Jan 07, 2009 Terry added it
Borrow or buy. Our teen reviewer really liked this book; it was exciting and had a great story. Our parental reviewer found it less enticing than Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Hobbit.
Erika Stolworthy
This is a book one of my friends from college wrote. He did a really good job! Hope he comes out with a sequel.
Penny
This book is just so wrong. I can't believe the publisher actually paid the author for this piece of crap.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

Simon first learns about a paraverse when he meets Tonya. Their meeting is an unusual one, and so is just about everything else once they join forces in battle.

Living in Mrs. Trimble's orphanage provides a fairly loving environment for 12-year-old Simon, but it's definitely not very exciting. As a lowly seventh grader in the midst of older bullies, his life is filled with tormenting and teasing. That is until the arrival of Tonya,
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Barbara Gordon
I admit, I picked this cd up from the giveaway table at WFC because I'd seen the ads on the back cover of F&SF, and I was curious about someone who would pay for that sort of promotion (I don't know what it costs, but it can't be pocket change) but not for a designer to make the cd cover art less amateurish. It was published by Windstorm Creative so he was probably responsible for his own cover as well as his own promotion.
I didn't get very far with listening to this, because the narrator ha
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Joshua Green
May 29, 2009 Joshua Green rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans
Recommended to Joshua by: audiblekids.com
I devour everything Harry Potter, so when I heard the phrase "Harry Potter meets Star Wars" I had to pick this one up. Paraworld Zero is not your typical Harry Potter-like book. The story has a lot of science fiction and fantasy in it, so I guess you could call it "Harry Potter in space," though space is not really the word for it. The characters travel through a thing called the parastream, which is like a special form of outer space that allows you to move quickly from parallel world to parall ...more
Joshua Green
May 29, 2009 Joshua Green rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans
Recommended to Joshua by: audiblekids.com
I devour everything Harry Potter, so when I heard the phrase "Harry Potter meets Star Wars" I had to pick this one up. Paraworld Zero is not your typical Harry Potter-like book. The story has a lot of science fiction and fantasy in it, so I guess you could call it "Harry Potter in space," though space is not really the word for it. The characters travel through a thing called the parastream, which is like a special form of outer space that allows you to move quickly from parallel world to parall ...more
Joshua Green
May 29, 2009 Joshua Green rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans
Recommended to Joshua by: audiblekids.com
I devour everything Harry Potter, so when I heard the phrase "Harry Potter meets Star Wars" I had to pick this one up. Paraworld Zero is not your typical Harry Potter-like book. The story has a lot of science fiction and fantasy in it, so I guess you could call it "Harry Potter in space," though space is not really the word for it. The characters travel through a thing called the parastream, which is like a special form of outer space that allows you to move quickly from parallel world to parall ...more
Kyla
Ok, so I only read this book because it's written by my brother-in-law's brother and I felt obligated to read it. Let's just say I didn't have very high hopes, but I was pleasently surprised. I really enjoyed it. It's a lighthearted book but it still tackles big issues and has excitement, suspence and romance. I think it would be a great read for kids and yet enjoyable for adults as well. I am looking foward to the next book in the series.
Cnjbillhimer
Not my typical type of book but this is written by my cousin and lots of people have given it five stars so I might just have to give it a try. Paul is looking forward to reading it.
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Matthew Peterson spearheaded a $100,000+ promotional campaign for his debut novel, Paraworld Zero, which included dozens of radio, TV, Internet, and newspaper interviews; ads in places like The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal; a tour to eight states and two countries; thousands of free books and audio books; and much more. Millions of people heard about the Parallel W ...more
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