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You can't have a perfect society without perfect people, and the only perfect people are the ones you can manufacture. The governing body of Olympus, an urban utopia created from the ashes of World War III, is about to bring paradise crashing down around their ears as they seek to regulate the minds and bodies of the human race... or fully replace them with cyborg substitu You can't have a perfect society without perfect people, and the only perfect people are the ones you can manufacture. The governing body of Olympus, an urban utopia created from the ashes of World War III, is about to bring paradise crashing down around their ears as they seek to regulate the minds and bodies of the human race... or fully replace them with cyborg substitutes. Deunan and Briareos, still new to the city, find themselves in the unlikely position of having to hold together this house of cards. Their strategy? Destroy the old foundation and pray everything stands while new underpinnings are forged


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You can't have a perfect society without perfect people, and the only perfect people are the ones you can manufacture. The governing body of Olympus, an urban utopia created from the ashes of World War III, is about to bring paradise crashing down around their ears as they seek to regulate the minds and bodies of the human race... or fully replace them with cyborg substitu You can't have a perfect society without perfect people, and the only perfect people are the ones you can manufacture. The governing body of Olympus, an urban utopia created from the ashes of World War III, is about to bring paradise crashing down around their ears as they seek to regulate the minds and bodies of the human race... or fully replace them with cyborg substitutes. Deunan and Briareos, still new to the city, find themselves in the unlikely position of having to hold together this house of cards. Their strategy? Destroy the old foundation and pray everything stands while new underpinnings are forged

30 review for Appleseed: Prometheus Unbound

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    While Briareos convalesces in the hospital and Deunan kicks ass in an ESWAT unit, the struggles behind the scenes of Olympus threaten to tear the city apart... The second Appleseed volume takes seeds planted in the first volume and runs with them. Spider-like walkers are in the works to police the city. Factions behind the scenes debate humanity's future in utopia. Hitomi and Yoshi are taken into custody. Deunan and Briareos both know something is up. I found the story easier to follow this time. While Briareos convalesces in the hospital and Deunan kicks ass in an ESWAT unit, the struggles behind the scenes of Olympus threaten to tear the city apart... The second Appleseed volume takes seeds planted in the first volume and runs with them. Spider-like walkers are in the works to police the city. Factions behind the scenes debate humanity's future in utopia. Hitomi and Yoshi are taken into custody. Deunan and Briareos both know something is up. I found the story easier to follow this time. Maybe I'm just getting used to it since the same people did the translation in this volume. There are some philosophical debates about the future of the human race that I found interesting. There were some dead spots but there were also some action packed scenes. Hitomi made me laugh a few times and I really like where things are going between Briareos and Deunan. The art is spectacular. I interrupted my wife's reading of The Handmaid's Tale to show her some great uses of perspective in the city scenes. I thought the art was clearer in this volume. Maybe other people voiced the same criticisms I did when the first volume was originally released. Anyway, it's easier to differentiate the mechs and the visuals weren't as confusing during the action scenes. The bit with the spider-walkers attacking the city was tense! While I was pretty sure Deunan and Briareos would survive, I wasn't sure about any of the other characters. Also, I'm glad I know why the series is called Appleseed now. So what happens when utopia gets derailed? I guess I"ll find out in the next volume. Four out of five stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Eric Johnson

    I think overall this collection is always good, but it does drag a bit as some other reviewer mentioned. Overall though it's simply world building and frankly it focuses on Olympus itself. I think that's what Masamune was intending and that's fine, but again the only real critique of Appleseed is that there is a whole world out there and I wish we saw more of it. That's another thing I disliked about Ghost in the Shell overall. The anime goes more in-depth in the world around them but overall do I think overall this collection is always good, but it does drag a bit as some other reviewer mentioned. Overall though it's simply world building and frankly it focuses on Olympus itself. I think that's what Masamune was intending and that's fine, but again the only real critique of Appleseed is that there is a whole world out there and I wish we saw more of it. That's another thing I disliked about Ghost in the Shell overall. The anime goes more in-depth in the world around them but overall doesn't go with the whole world in some respects. However this does get into the more vagaries of human vs. bioroids and how they look and feel in the real world led by "pure" humans and the shadowy world of Olympus, which even in the utopia there are still vipers amongst the bushes. And given the overall plot of Appleseed this book still does a good job of it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tim Franklin

    Suffers from the same problems as the first volume - far too sparse, but at the same time difficult to follow the action sequences - while the nuggets of plot that are there become more rambling. Couldn't even be bothered to finish it, which is very rare for me. Suffers from the same problems as the first volume - far too sparse, but at the same time difficult to follow the action sequences - while the nuggets of plot that are there become more rambling. Couldn't even be bothered to finish it, which is very rare for me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andre

    The conclusion of the first arc of the appleseed story. Simplistic philosophy but a cool take on the future.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    A lot of time is spent talking in this volume, and very little is actually said. It’s a long, boring book with some decent action sequences, but there’s way too much dialogue for such a simple plot and for such basic characters, and it’s just a drag

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)

    This is a very politics heavy volume as Deunan and Briareos learn about the different philosophies in Olympus and need to decide where their loyalties lie. Nice action bits at the end.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Hill

    I read this volume and Volume #1 back to back, and just finished reviewing Volume #1, so instead of going into details about this volume, I'll just direct you there, as it covers most of my major talking points: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/91... I will say that I was tempted to give this volume 4 stars, but, honestly, it drags a bit in the middle. Also, I'm not sure it it's just this printing, but I felt there were moments where the story suffers a bit as a result of the translation. Still, I read this volume and Volume #1 back to back, and just finished reviewing Volume #1, so instead of going into details about this volume, I'll just direct you there, as it covers most of my major talking points: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/91... I will say that I was tempted to give this volume 4 stars, but, honestly, it drags a bit in the middle. Also, I'm not sure it it's just this printing, but I felt there were moments where the story suffers a bit as a result of the translation. Still, there's a lot ot recommend here, especially in the last third where the giant weapon platform/spiders show up and all hell breaks loose. Worth a read, if you are a fan of the genre or Shirow specifically.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Engel-Hodgkinson

    It drags just a little bit, but it redeems itself with the big finale, starting with the Zero Hour chapter. The action sequences are a bit easier to follow this time around as well, so there's improvement in the artwork as well. The story's a little bit dull at the middle point (this is a continuation of the first volume's arc, so I guess Masamune was just getting all the finer details out of the way). At least we get to see some more character development, especially between Deunan, Briareos, a It drags just a little bit, but it redeems itself with the big finale, starting with the Zero Hour chapter. The action sequences are a bit easier to follow this time around as well, so there's improvement in the artwork as well. The story's a little bit dull at the middle point (this is a continuation of the first volume's arc, so I guess Masamune was just getting all the finer details out of the way). At least we get to see some more character development, especially between Deunan, Briareos, and Hitomi, who are becoming a bit more comfortable around each other (although they have their ups and downs--if you can simply call getting arrested with your boyfriend by your budding best friend a 'down'). It's still got its flaws, but for what it's worth, it's an entertaining read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Víctor Segovia

    No le doy la maxima puntuacion a la obra, al menos al segundo tomo por varias razones: -Si bien las criticas sociales sobre Olimpo y sus habitantes, haciendo alegoria a la sociedad real, no estan tan alejadas de la realidad, las siento muy moralistas, muy conductistas (no por nada, el autor es japones) -La relacion entre los protagonistas principales esta muy bien lograda, mucho mejor que en las dos peliculas animadas que logre ver, pero no siento que sean los protagonistas, el autor mete muchos No le doy la maxima puntuacion a la obra, al menos al segundo tomo por varias razones: -Si bien las criticas sociales sobre Olimpo y sus habitantes, haciendo alegoria a la sociedad real, no estan tan alejadas de la realidad, las siento muy moralistas, muy conductistas (no por nada, el autor es japones) -La relacion entre los protagonistas principales esta muy bien lograda, mucho mejor que en las dos peliculas animadas que logre ver, pero no siento que sean los protagonistas, el autor mete muchos personajes secundarios que si bien son interesantes, opacan un poco al duo principal, el caso de Hitomi. Pero a pesar de todo, es una excelente obra seinen de ambiente cyberpunk, aunque cae en los cliches topicos del mismo genero.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lucas

    The giant police spider tanks seem very impractical- possibly are satirical: the inappropriateness of human scale robot suits (landmates here) to densely populated urban environments is taken to a ridiculous extreme. Not sure what actually happened at the end, or the intentions or goals of the protagonists- wasn't reading very closely though. The giant police spider tanks seem very impractical- possibly are satirical: the inappropriateness of human scale robot suits (landmates here) to densely populated urban environments is taken to a ridiculous extreme. Not sure what actually happened at the end, or the intentions or goals of the protagonists- wasn't reading very closely though.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicolas

    Les ordinateurs doivent-ils guider l'évolution de l'humanité future ? Ca, c'est la question philosophique dans ce tome. Évidement, à coté, il y a le nécessaire contingent de femmes quasi-nues et de robots de combat géants. Pas mal, donc, comme toujours en fait. Les ordinateurs doivent-ils guider l'évolution de l'humanité future ? Ca, c'est la question philosophique dans ce tome. Évidement, à coté, il y a le nécessaire contingent de femmes quasi-nues et de robots de combat géants. Pas mal, donc, comme toujours en fait.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle (Has stopped making reading a chore)

    Deunan and Briareos will be the death of me. First read in: July 2015

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    Didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I will try to track down the first book and see if that makes an improvement on my opinion. :) Didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I will try to track down the first book and see if that makes an improvement on my opinion. :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    dedSteph (ded)

    moves at a less difficult pace than ghost in the shell, and asks more interesting questions too

  15. 5 out of 5

    Skull Altery

  16. 4 out of 5

    John A.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Wilson

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shawn

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lara Alonso Reguero

  21. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Loveland

  22. 4 out of 5

    Felipe

  23. 4 out of 5

    Imeni NeDam

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ian Reay

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dawfydd Kelly

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dshlb

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brent

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jim

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mike Cuervo

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gauthier

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