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A CLINICAL TRIAL UPON THE EARTH'S SURFACE ... TO TEST A TREATMENT AGAINST REASSORTMENT ... WILL ALTER THE COURSE OF TRANSHUMAN HISTORY. In the Great Commonwealth of Beimeni, a subterranean civilization in North America, expansion long ago gave way to peace and prosperity in the face of the history's most devastating plague. Immortality is the reward for service and loyalty in A CLINICAL TRIAL UPON THE EARTH'S SURFACE ... TO TEST A TREATMENT AGAINST REASSORTMENT ... WILL ALTER THE COURSE OF TRANSHUMAN HISTORY. In the Great Commonwealth of Beimeni, a subterranean civilization in North America, expansion long ago gave way to peace and prosperity in the face of the history's most devastating plague. Immortality is the reward for service and loyalty in Beimeni, a place where the physical blends with the metaphysical and power consolidates in the hands of those with a genetic edge. The fissures first spread slowly, then swiftly, until now the Great Commonwealth finds itself on the brink of economic devastation, challenged by forces from within that know its secrets and its crimes. At the center of the conflict lie the Selendias of Piscator, founders of the resistance with an uncanny connection to the zeropoint field, and the Barão Strike Team, three researchers tasked with finding a cure to the Reassortment Strain, the plague that nearly wiped transhumankind from the Earth. Traveling from the uninhabitable but pristine surface to the habitable but inhospitable underground, this is a story about dedication to dreams, battle for survival, discovery and connection, song and celebration, undoing past misdeeds, and sacrifice for the greater good. In THE SONG OF THE JUBILEE, Captain Broden Barão, Striker Nero Silvana, and Strategist Verena Iglehart, together with the elite Reassortment research team, release a protohuman on the Island of Reverie, testing a serum designed to thwart the Reassortment Strain. They must find a cure to the plague or suffer the inevitable consequence for failure: demotion or worse, exile to the Lower Level some four thousand meters beneath the Earth's surface. Meanwhile, in the Great Commonwealth, two thousand five hundred meters deep, the resistance movement known as the Liberation Front suffers a disastrous defeat when its leader, Jeremiah Selendia, is captured by Lady Isabelle Lutetia, Supreme Director of the Department of Communications and Commonwealth Relations. With Jeremiah held by the government, his middle son unexpectedly finds the weight of the war on his shoulders. It falls to Johann to lead the Front, to rescue his father from one of the commonwealth's most impregnable fortresses, and to keep his younger, underdeveloped brother hidden from the chancellor, who forces foes to undergo clinical trials against the plague upon the surface. Johann's efforts draw the attention of powerful enemies and start a chain of events that will forever change his family, the Barão Strike Team, and the Great Commonwealth of Beimeni.


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A CLINICAL TRIAL UPON THE EARTH'S SURFACE ... TO TEST A TREATMENT AGAINST REASSORTMENT ... WILL ALTER THE COURSE OF TRANSHUMAN HISTORY. In the Great Commonwealth of Beimeni, a subterranean civilization in North America, expansion long ago gave way to peace and prosperity in the face of the history's most devastating plague. Immortality is the reward for service and loyalty in A CLINICAL TRIAL UPON THE EARTH'S SURFACE ... TO TEST A TREATMENT AGAINST REASSORTMENT ... WILL ALTER THE COURSE OF TRANSHUMAN HISTORY. In the Great Commonwealth of Beimeni, a subterranean civilization in North America, expansion long ago gave way to peace and prosperity in the face of the history's most devastating plague. Immortality is the reward for service and loyalty in Beimeni, a place where the physical blends with the metaphysical and power consolidates in the hands of those with a genetic edge. The fissures first spread slowly, then swiftly, until now the Great Commonwealth finds itself on the brink of economic devastation, challenged by forces from within that know its secrets and its crimes. At the center of the conflict lie the Selendias of Piscator, founders of the resistance with an uncanny connection to the zeropoint field, and the Barão Strike Team, three researchers tasked with finding a cure to the Reassortment Strain, the plague that nearly wiped transhumankind from the Earth. Traveling from the uninhabitable but pristine surface to the habitable but inhospitable underground, this is a story about dedication to dreams, battle for survival, discovery and connection, song and celebration, undoing past misdeeds, and sacrifice for the greater good. In THE SONG OF THE JUBILEE, Captain Broden Barão, Striker Nero Silvana, and Strategist Verena Iglehart, together with the elite Reassortment research team, release a protohuman on the Island of Reverie, testing a serum designed to thwart the Reassortment Strain. They must find a cure to the plague or suffer the inevitable consequence for failure: demotion or worse, exile to the Lower Level some four thousand meters beneath the Earth's surface. Meanwhile, in the Great Commonwealth, two thousand five hundred meters deep, the resistance movement known as the Liberation Front suffers a disastrous defeat when its leader, Jeremiah Selendia, is captured by Lady Isabelle Lutetia, Supreme Director of the Department of Communications and Commonwealth Relations. With Jeremiah held by the government, his middle son unexpectedly finds the weight of the war on his shoulders. It falls to Johann to lead the Front, to rescue his father from one of the commonwealth's most impregnable fortresses, and to keep his younger, underdeveloped brother hidden from the chancellor, who forces foes to undergo clinical trials against the plague upon the surface. Johann's efforts draw the attention of powerful enemies and start a chain of events that will forever change his family, the Barão Strike Team, and the Great Commonwealth of Beimeni.

30 review for The Song of the Jubilee

  1. 5 out of 5

    David Estes

    I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my review of this book. I was really surprised by this book (in a good way!). First off, the cover and title are in no way representative of the book itself. From the cover it almost looks like it might be an epic fantasy novel, but instead it's a major SciFi book. It is extremely well-written and has a compelling post-apocalyptic hook. The characters and their situations are intere I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my review of this book. I was really surprised by this book (in a good way!). First off, the cover and title are in no way representative of the book itself. From the cover it almost looks like it might be an epic fantasy novel, but instead it's a major SciFi book. It is extremely well-written and has a compelling post-apocalyptic hook. The characters and their situations are interesting (scientist, rebel leader, etc.). The underground but highly technologically based setting is vividly described. My only complaint is that this book struggled with readability at times due to extensive explanations of people and places the reader doesn't really know much about, and has little to do with the main plotline/hook. At other times, the reader is assumed to know about people and places with very little explanation. A little more balance would've helped. That being said, the plot is compelling enough to make me want to read the next book!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Kings

    I downloaded “The Song of the Jubilee” by Raeden Zen because it was free and I loved the cover art, and I must say that I’m very glad I did. The story is so captivating and entertaining that I just couldn't put it down. Just after I first opened it and saw the maps and the charts, I knew it was going to be a great book. The author put so much time and dedication into investigating the facts about molecular biology, that he even contacted a real biologist to help him with the details. This made t I downloaded “The Song of the Jubilee” by Raeden Zen because it was free and I loved the cover art, and I must say that I’m very glad I did. The story is so captivating and entertaining that I just couldn't put it down. Just after I first opened it and saw the maps and the charts, I knew it was going to be a great book. The author put so much time and dedication into investigating the facts about molecular biology, that he even contacted a real biologist to help him with the details. This made the story more than believable, adding to the exquisite writing style and perfectly developed characters, to turn this book into a masterpiece. I am already reading the 2nd book and I know it will be as epic as this one. I can’t wait to finish with the series and I would love to see “The Phantom of the Earth” made into a movie saga.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    This is a really good dystopian story. There was a virus that happened above ground killing humans. They call it reassortment. This causes humans that are left to burrow underground and build a new society. This society is being fractured by different factions. If you are loyal to Beimeni and its absolute rule your reward is to live forever. But the rulers are becoming more and more dictatorial and some people are trying to fight against this. They have found ways to go into space but not to the This is a really good dystopian story. There was a virus that happened above ground killing humans. They call it reassortment. This causes humans that are left to burrow underground and build a new society. This society is being fractured by different factions. If you are loyal to Beimeni and its absolute rule your reward is to live forever. But the rulers are becoming more and more dictatorial and some people are trying to fight against this. They have found ways to go into space but not to the surface of their world. They keep trying but have been unsuccessful. I am really looking forward to the next book in this series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mark Gardner

    I picked up The Song of the Jubilee on NetGalley as part of an omnibus edition and really didn’t know what to expect. After it sat on my TBR pile for a little while, I saw that all five stories were for free on Amazon, so I picked them up again intent on reading, at least, one of them. TSOTJ is a dystopian political thriller, that has fantasy elements, including made-up words, places, and concepts. The totalitarian themes, like with many dystopian stories, permeates, and soaks into the story. The I picked up The Song of the Jubilee on NetGalley as part of an omnibus edition and really didn’t know what to expect. After it sat on my TBR pile for a little while, I saw that all five stories were for free on Amazon, so I picked them up again intent on reading, at least, one of them. TSOTJ is a dystopian political thriller, that has fantasy elements, including made-up words, places, and concepts. The totalitarian themes, like with many dystopian stories, permeates, and soaks into the story. The over-reaching arm of the government may have been a little too much. I felt as if I was being preached at. Nothing in the story jumped out at me, and I didn’t notice any glaring editorial errors. The ending kind of snuck up on me. This was partially because the ending leaves too many loose ends, and partially because about 40% of the book is appendices, charts, histories and further world-building. I’ve hemmed and hawed at what to rate this story. There were definitely elements that I didn’t like, but the writing was excellent, and I’m also not opposed to reading the next book in the series. I’m going to award three stars, with the idea that I may upgrade it retrospectively after reading the second story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    This was a strange experience. I thought I was on 50% mark but then the book ended. The other 50% were all the world building documents Raeden Zen used to write this book. I off course skipped this. I only read that sort of stuff for worlds that I'm running a roleplay in. :-) But the first 50% was very cool. The song of Jubilee is the first book in a series called the phantom of the earth. In this series the earth has become affected with some kind of mutating, man made killer disease, so humanki This was a strange experience. I thought I was on 50% mark but then the book ended. The other 50% were all the world building documents Raeden Zen used to write this book. I off course skipped this. I only read that sort of stuff for worlds that I'm running a roleplay in. :-) But the first 50% was very cool. The song of Jubilee is the first book in a series called the phantom of the earth. In this series the earth has become affected with some kind of mutating, man made killer disease, so humankind fled underground. There they did built a new totalitarian society. In the meantime they also genetically and technologically modified humans. The whole underground society, ecosystem etc is very intriguing and well thought out. The story and the characters are also quite nice, although this book does not feel like a stand alone book. You feel that this is the first book in a series which I think will turn out to be one big story published in 5 volumes. This book was addictive enough that I immediately got me the second book in this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rowena Hoseason

    Dazzling. That's the impact of this intro to an extensive dystopian sci-fi saga. The first book in a series of five, ‘Jubilee’ sets the scene and themes in a complex, carefully crafted future history. It’s a world of contradictions and contrasts, saturated in vibrant technicolour throughout. The author uses a glittering palette to paint brilliantly vivid word pictures of almost-immortal telepathic transhumans, imprisoned within the earth by their own technology which sustains them underground bu Dazzling. That's the impact of this intro to an extensive dystopian sci-fi saga. The first book in a series of five, ‘Jubilee’ sets the scene and themes in a complex, carefully crafted future history. It’s a world of contradictions and contrasts, saturated in vibrant technicolour throughout. The author uses a glittering palette to paint brilliantly vivid word pictures of almost-immortal telepathic transhumans, imprisoned within the earth by their own technology which sustains them underground but – in the form of a catastrophically virulent viral bioweapon – has rendered the surface uninhabitable. It’s a vast, sprawling vision, and it takes a bit of getting used to. This opening episode explains the basics of transhuman development, the staggering scope (and limitations) of technological achievement, and the dictatorial government which has spawned a ragtag rebellion. We meet the scientists struggling to combat the virus; under threat of mortal censure should they fail. The divided, sprawling population is oppressed by Marstone which monitors their thoughts – similar to the Big Brother viewscreens in 1984. Yet author Raeden Zen avoids obvious comparisons. While Winston Smith’s world was one of grinding, grey misery, emotionally stunted and physically deprived, the compliant citizens in ‘Jubilee’ enjoy utter abundance and unimaginable luxury. An underground civilisation might have been a dark place, dimly lit, suffocating and claustrophobic. Raeden Zen has instead built a spectacular edifice full of shining light, diamond-edged and dazzling… and all the more effective in its oppression of the human spirit thanks to its utter artificiality. These people have almost everything, yet they yearn for simple sunlight and fresh air. Their existence is all about contradictions: the title of the book refers to a great celebration, a massive street party… but one with the most sinister implications. The scientific content is also a credit to the author and his advisors. There are firm foundations to the biology, especially the struggle to manipulate the immune system to combat a virus which mirror-switches its genetic material and to the technological hardware. ‘Jubilee’ is a relatively short book. It contains a complete story arc, but it is only the tip of the overall tale. If you find yourself intrigued by the extensive cast of characters and the unfolding multiple scenarios, then you’ll want to hop straight on to the next in the series, The Gambit With Perfection. The saga is perfect for readers who want an extended, immersive, inventive experience. If you’re looking for short-term immediate satisfaction, then you’re less likely to enjoy ‘Jubilee’. It asks many questions and starts many plots threads – most of them ‘to be continued’ as this episode draws to a close. 8/10 You'll find the full review here: https://murdermayhemandmore.wordpress... Please note, I was delighted to read an early version of the ‘Phantom’ series, and to provide feedback on it. I’m even more delighted that some of my suggestions made it to the published version – but that doesn’t affect my review, which is as unbiased as I make it. I was knocked out by this series at my first acquaintance, and still am…

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lyuba

    The Song of the Jubilee is the first book in a five-part series and is unlike anything I have read before. The story is set far in the future (we are talking thousands of years) and the earth by that point has become completely uninhabitable as a result of biological warfare, contamination and other disasters. Human race itself no longer exists in the way we know it. The earth is inhabited by "transhumans" or the way I picture it, they are technologically/artificially enhanced humans. They physi The Song of the Jubilee is the first book in a five-part series and is unlike anything I have read before. The story is set far in the future (we are talking thousands of years) and the earth by that point has become completely uninhabitable as a result of biological warfare, contamination and other disasters. Human race itself no longer exists in the way we know it. The earth is inhabited by "transhumans" or the way I picture it, they are technologically/artificially enhanced humans. They physically look like people but have chips in their brains and have many abilities normal humans do not. For example, they are able to monitor each other's thoughts or even influence what the other person sees/perceives as reality. These transhumans have to live deep inside the earth because the surface is infected by a deadly virus they refer to as "reassortment". The world in this book is extremely well-developed and complicated. It took intense concentration on my part while reading to make sense of all the various bio/technological advancements described in the book. I would therefore only recommend this novel to those who like sci-fi. We follow several different characters. One is the lead scientist of the Great Commonwealth searching for a cure that will allow transhumans to come out and live on the surface of the earth. The other main character is the head of a rebel group whose members live in hiding and plot to overthrow the existing regime. I had my doubts going into this book. I got the bind-up of all five novels from Netgalley for review and then discovered that the e-book is also available on amazon for free. I had also never heard of the author and none of my friends read the book. However, I found myself quickly drawn into the story and this turned out to be an enjoyable read. Despite the complex world, I thought the author did a good job introducing it to the reader. The world-building is subtle without information dumping sessions and the story moves along at a very nice pace. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books and see where the plot goes.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hectaizani

    Post-apocalyptic dystopian fantasy concerning an engineered virus that wiped out most of the human population. Humans moved deep underground to survive and started building a new society. Scientific advancements have given humans telepathic abilities, immortality, and has altered the human genome to create transhumans who are better and stronger than "regular" humans. Yet the surface of the earth is still uninhabitable due to the virus. Scientists have been working for years trying to master the Post-apocalyptic dystopian fantasy concerning an engineered virus that wiped out most of the human population. Humans moved deep underground to survive and started building a new society. Scientific advancements have given humans telepathic abilities, immortality, and has altered the human genome to create transhumans who are better and stronger than "regular" humans. Yet the surface of the earth is still uninhabitable due to the virus. Scientists have been working for years trying to master the virus but as yet after countless trials have been completely unsuccessful. The societies are splitting into factions, with the ruling class (Beimeini) being opposed by The Liberation Front. The first book in this multi-book series, The Song of the Jubilee, is all about world building. There is not much exposition here. We learn a little bit about the world and its denizens and the struggle for power. Several characters are introduced, including the Supreme Scientist and his team who are searching for a serum to thwart the Reassortment virus or face the consequences of being demoted and banished to the deepest underground. The leader of the resistance has been captured and is being held by the Belmeini, which forces his middle son to take his place at the helm. Hopefully, more answers will be forthcoming in future books because as it is the story is unfinished. This is not surprising since this is just the first in a series. I recommend it to readers who are looking for something new and different.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jess Mountifield

    This ebook was given to me by the author in return for my review. This is a science fiction sort of story with strong dystopian elements which unfortunately the cover and title don't make obvious. I'm quite a science fan so found I enjoyed the book but there was a lot of science and complicated genetics type stuff. The book also had quite a few statistics pictures and tables to help the reader try and get immersed in the story with plenty of information which was an interesting way to handle back This ebook was given to me by the author in return for my review. This is a science fiction sort of story with strong dystopian elements which unfortunately the cover and title don't make obvious. I'm quite a science fan so found I enjoyed the book but there was a lot of science and complicated genetics type stuff. The book also had quite a few statistics pictures and tables to help the reader try and get immersed in the story with plenty of information which was an interesting way to handle backstory without actually giving any backstory. For the most part this worked but I must admit at a few points I found myself confused with who was who and what motivated them and why. I liked the characters once I actually got to know them but it took a while and did make me a little frustrated. Motivations and character backstory was very lacking. This did mean the book was very fast paced, which is something I prefer. There wasn't a lack of action and plot within this book for sure and it was an interesting story. There were several things hinted at about the scoiety and I got to the end with plenty of questions and desire to keep reading despite the few flaws, so there's something awesome in this book for sure. I'll keep reading the series (there are 5 books in the series out as of today). I just hope the later stories explain a bit more and I can properly get to know the characters.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jason Schneeberger

    Coming in at just over 150, THE SONG OF THE JUBILEE is the first book of five in THE PHANTOM OF THE EARTH book series. This book gives you a lot of information to absorb about the world that is bring created in this series. The story is based thousands of the years in the future, so needless to say, the earth is quite a different place than what it currently is, so this book is basically explaining to the reader just how different things are. I'm guessing the story really will start to kick into Coming in at just over 150, THE SONG OF THE JUBILEE is the first book of five in THE PHANTOM OF THE EARTH book series. This book gives you a lot of information to absorb about the world that is bring created in this series. The story is based thousands of the years in the future, so needless to say, the earth is quite a different place than what it currently is, so this book is basically explaining to the reader just how different things are. I'm guessing the story really will start to kick into gear in the next book, which is twice as long in length. This is a science heavy book and most of the time I got the jest of what was going on, but there are times where the author didn't really explain things and just kind of expects the reader to know the technology or process that is going on. That is a common complaint with this book that I have seen in reviews and it's the only thing that keeps me from giving this a 5 star rating. This is a good book, I really enjoyed this sci-fi/dystopian tale of people being forced to live underground because of a killer, man made virus. It unique, original and I look forward to reading the second book soon.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    I enjoyed reading this book. The world is complicated and well thought out. It’s a post-apocalyptic series that builds greatly on synthetic biology and quantum physics, which intrigued me right from the start. It’s well written and the characters are likeable but a little underdeveloped. There was lots of world building involved but that was expected. The world is complex and needs explanations due to that it’s not really fast-paced. I still have lots of questions and hope I get the answers in t I enjoyed reading this book. The world is complicated and well thought out. It’s a post-apocalyptic series that builds greatly on synthetic biology and quantum physics, which intrigued me right from the start. It’s well written and the characters are likeable but a little underdeveloped. There was lots of world building involved but that was expected. The world is complex and needs explanations due to that it’s not really fast-paced. I still have lots of questions and hope I get the answers in the following books. I will definitively continue with this series. I’m curious to find out what is going to happen next.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    (FYI, this review is for the entire series, and I received an advanced copy from NetGalley) Yikes this book is long! That being said, it took me awhile, but I really enjoyed this book. I just started getting into Science Fiction, and this is a really nice book to slowly join the genre for newbie readers. I will say though that this is not a book you can breeze through. There is a lot of technical information that means you really have to pay attention. But it is definitely worth the attention.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    -I gained this book in exchange for an honest review.- It was interesting. However, I think some parts went way over my head. It left me with so many questions. I still find myself confused with what really is Reassortment. Someone in the reviews explained it in a much easier way for me to understand then the actual book itself. How are eternal partners chosen? Maybe this will be answered later on in the series. The plot and ideas behind the book were incredibly thought out. The characters were v -I gained this book in exchange for an honest review.- It was interesting. However, I think some parts went way over my head. It left me with so many questions. I still find myself confused with what really is Reassortment. Someone in the reviews explained it in a much easier way for me to understand then the actual book itself. How are eternal partners chosen? Maybe this will be answered later on in the series. The plot and ideas behind the book were incredibly thought out. The characters were very well thought out too. The author clearly put a lot of time not only into the plot, but the characters, and what is happening within this world too. The database at the end was very detailed. It gave a much better look into the characters. However, it did start to become boring to read. I also had a hard time making pictures for every character and not every character was even mentioned. I felt it was a bit too long and I didn't need all the information for every character...including characters that weren't even in the book. But, it looks like it will be important later on in the series. For some reason I really have gotten attached to Connor. He wasn't even that big of a role but I took a quick liking to him. I'm a little afraid to read the other books because it looks like it might turn into a blood bath! Or...well...some deaths. I can't wait to see what is in store for the rest of the series. I'm hoping to understand it a bit better as I get further into it. I hope some of my questions are answered as well. But, overall a great idea and great characters for a quick read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cescamarrucci

    The Song of the Jubilee is the first of a set of Raeden Zen’s books and is not a fantasy novel (even if you can choose to read it even if you love this genre), you can consider it more a science fiction book, even if the best definition of its genre should be dystopic. I love this genre and I usually translate this kind of books for works, so I read a lot of them. Really, I can say this is a really well-written novel, full of thrilling and suspense and never predicted. If you are fans of the post- The Song of the Jubilee is the first of a set of Raeden Zen’s books and is not a fantasy novel (even if you can choose to read it even if you love this genre), you can consider it more a science fiction book, even if the best definition of its genre should be dystopic. I love this genre and I usually translate this kind of books for works, so I read a lot of them. Really, I can say this is a really well-written novel, full of thrilling and suspense and never predicted. If you are fans of the post-apocalyptic genre, this novel will become soon your favorite one, not only because its plot is credible and detailed, but even because you can identify yourself with some of the main characters and feel what they feel. It presents some elements typical of the fantasy genre, but they perfectly match in a very unique and original plot. The Raeden Zen’s job on this novel is incredible. Care in the new words, landscapes, situations is almost maniacal. In some ways, we can consider this, like all the dystopian novels, a metaphor of our times and a warning for what the future can bring. Actually, after finishing the first book, you won’t do anything else than look for the second one. That’s what I’m going to do!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joelle

    The song of the Jubilee is Book One of five. In this introductory book we find that earth’s inhabitants as we know them no longer exist. A genetically engineered virus swept through the planet killing many and forcing survivors underground where they have built a society, the Great Commonwealth. Most residents are no longer human instead they are transhuman, genetically altered to survive. There are different factions within the Commonwealth and the upper-class live closer to the surface. There The song of the Jubilee is Book One of five. In this introductory book we find that earth’s inhabitants as we know them no longer exist. A genetically engineered virus swept through the planet killing many and forcing survivors underground where they have built a society, the Great Commonwealth. Most residents are no longer human instead they are transhuman, genetically altered to survive. There are different factions within the Commonwealth and the upper-class live closer to the surface. There is a Reassortment research team headed by Capt. Brody that perform genetic experiments to try and cure the virus that wiped out humanity; the plan being to once again resurface above ground but as to date they have failed. Now they have come to a dilemma either succeed or be banned to the lowest depths of the Commonwealth. As in all societies there is a rebellion underfoot led by the Liberation. Unfortunately their leader is captured leaving his son Hans to take lead of the rebellion but he is mostly concerned about protecting his younger brother Connor and seeing that he survives. The story is okay a bit hard to follow at times but is worth continuing on with Book Two to see what develops, in hopes that it improves which based on the ending of Book One I think it holds potential.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. The Song of the Jubilee takes place far into the future when a plague has rendered the surface of the earth uninhabitable for humans. Teams periodically research a serum that will enable them to return to the surface but each has failed. In the meantime, humans are living underground but also traveling into space. There have been a lot of scientific advancements genetically altering humans as we know them. Different abilities exist, such I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. The Song of the Jubilee takes place far into the future when a plague has rendered the surface of the earth uninhabitable for humans. Teams periodically research a serum that will enable them to return to the surface but each has failed. In the meantime, humans are living underground but also traveling into space. There have been a lot of scientific advancements genetically altering humans as we know them. Different abilities exist, such as telepathy. Some aren't fully human but called transhumans. There is a lot of scientific information in this book. A lot. It went a bit over my head. But I liked the story. The characters are interesting and I want to see what happens with them in the next book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Initially I was a little bit intimidated by this book. There are several maps and charts in the beginning and some big-time science-y words get thrown around. It didn't take too long to overcome once the story really started to develop. I enjoyed the way that Zen merged themes like politics and science into one cohesive end product. This book is a pretty quick read, and I was eager to start the second book, which I'm already halfway finished with. I can assure you that the series continues to ge Initially I was a little bit intimidated by this book. There are several maps and charts in the beginning and some big-time science-y words get thrown around. It didn't take too long to overcome once the story really started to develop. I enjoyed the way that Zen merged themes like politics and science into one cohesive end product. This book is a pretty quick read, and I was eager to start the second book, which I'm already halfway finished with. I can assure you that the series continues to get better.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kat Watkins

    Hooked Wonderful entry into the post apocalyptic world Zen has created. It is clear that this author did some extensive research and it shows as the writing seamlessly draws the reader into his complex world. The varied plot lines and jarring turns kept me hooked. I typically don't like cliffhanger endings, but this one had me buying the whole series in a heartbeat. I'm only on book two and can't wait for what's in store for me. Hooked Wonderful entry into the post apocalyptic world Zen has created. It is clear that this author did some extensive research and it shows as the writing seamlessly draws the reader into his complex world. The varied plot lines and jarring turns kept me hooked. I typically don't like cliffhanger endings, but this one had me buying the whole series in a heartbeat. I'm only on book two and can't wait for what's in store for me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    I loved reading this book. It's amazing how developed each character is. The plot and narration was what made it stand out from what am used to. I am glad to have bumped into this great book. If you're like me, relax and enjoy it.it's worth your time believe me.​ I loved reading this book. It's amazing how developed each character is. The plot and narration was what made it stand out from what am used to. I am glad to have bumped into this great book. If you're like me, relax and enjoy it.it's worth your time believe me.​

  20. 4 out of 5

    Valery

    Lots of details with no real ending. This story was short, though the potential is there. Includes a great deal of science that some may find boring, but I enjoyed it. Unfortunately, half of the book is backstory on characters and the civilization, so it's more of a short story than a novel. For my clean readers: Includes some minor language, and violence. Lots of details with no real ending. This story was short, though the potential is there. Includes a great deal of science that some may find boring, but I enjoyed it. Unfortunately, half of the book is backstory on characters and the civilization, so it's more of a short story than a novel. For my clean readers: Includes some minor language, and violence.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ann Keithley

    "The Song of the Jubilee" is a science fiction novel that describes a futuristic world where various groups battle each other for survival. At times, the novel did not hold my attention, and I kept reading just to finish the novel. "The Song of the Jubilee" is a science fiction novel that describes a futuristic world where various groups battle each other for survival. At times, the novel did not hold my attention, and I kept reading just to finish the novel.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Haldoor42

    Bored, bored, bored. Couldn't be bothered with it. Too much fine detail and not enough action. Gave up before I got far and didn't finish it. Bored, bored, bored. Couldn't be bothered with it. Too much fine detail and not enough action. Gave up before I got far and didn't finish it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    John

    For one of the few times I quit reading a book. I was bored, uninterested and greatly disappointed.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    Thanks NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange of an honest review! About a week ago, I've received an email from Goodreads saying that I have won book #4 of The Phantom of the Earth series. My happiness lasted for a whole minute before I realised that I never read the first 3 books! (FYI, there was a separate giveaway for book 1,2,3,4,5 and an omnibus edition, and yes, I have entered every single one) That sent me on a desperate search for the first 3 books and luckily, I found the omn Thanks NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange of an honest review! About a week ago, I've received an email from Goodreads saying that I have won book #4 of The Phantom of the Earth series. My happiness lasted for a whole minute before I realised that I never read the first 3 books! (FYI, there was a separate giveaway for book 1,2,3,4,5 and an omnibus edition, and yes, I have entered every single one) That sent me on a desperate search for the first 3 books and luckily, I found the omnibus edition on NetGalley. I was really looking forward to starting this, mainly because THERE ARE MAPS AND GRAPHS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE BOOK (always a good sign!), the author seemed absolutely lovely and the vast majority of the reviews were overwhelmingly positive. Also, look at this art: You can find all this and (a lot) more here Unfortunately, after about 50 or so pages I felt lost. There were a lot of characters to begin with and they all kept mentioned other characters we never even came close to meeting, there was a ton of science jargon, complex history that came up too often without lengthier explanation... I think the fact that the book started out in the middle of an action-ish scene where a ton of random concepts were thrown around made it difficult to ease into the story itself. *** I will most definitely give it another go later as it's a classic case of "it's not you, it's me"! ***

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    As I understand there are 5 books total in the series and "Jubilee" sets the tone for whatever situations will be unfolding. The Song of the Jubilee focuses mainly on an underground transhuman population and the "Liberation Front" resistance movement. Keep in mind that "AR" stands for "after reassortment" -it's written just like our era is called "AD" and meant to represent a post-apocalyptic landscape in which a virulent strain has took out a chunk of the population, and the remaining survivors As I understand there are 5 books total in the series and "Jubilee" sets the tone for whatever situations will be unfolding. The Song of the Jubilee focuses mainly on an underground transhuman population and the "Liberation Front" resistance movement. Keep in mind that "AR" stands for "after reassortment" -it's written just like our era is called "AD" and meant to represent a post-apocalyptic landscape in which a virulent strain has took out a chunk of the population, and the remaining survivors are genetically altered and live a subterranean existence underground, making up the "Commonwealth of Beimeni". They live a life of luxury in which their service is rewarded with immortality. There is a team of researchers hard at work to discover the cause of the strain, as humanity hopes to return to the surface once again. When the leader of the Liberation Front (the main group opposing the Commonwealth) is held captive, his son Hans is left to try and look out for his brother Connor, who is somewhat disadvantaged. There's an unexpected ending and to follow lots of data about the different characters and their various connections. Also the glossary was helpful because as you can see it takes a very erudite mind to create science fiction with this level of depth and complexity.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tayyab Ali

    This book was great. I can't say enough good things about it. There was something for everyone, a good story, wonderful characters, and just enough to keep you turning the pages. Couldn't put it down once I started reading. I highly recommend "The Phantom of the Earth", excellent story Raeden Zen. This book was great. I can't say enough good things about it. There was something for everyone, a good story, wonderful characters, and just enough to keep you turning the pages. Couldn't put it down once I started reading. I highly recommend "The Phantom of the Earth", excellent story Raeden Zen.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    I think my impression of this book suffered because of the book I read right before it; which by comparison made this book seem like a child had written it. It was free... and short. So there's that. I think my impression of this book suffered because of the book I read right before it; which by comparison made this book seem like a child had written it. It was free... and short. So there's that.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jml

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Hofacker

  30. 5 out of 5

    Trisha Dodson

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