THE MAINFRAME by Simone Pond
I received a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
In the third book in ‘The New Agenda’ series, Ava’s daughter, Grace, is now sixteen years old.
Like all teenagers, Grace is struggling to find her path in life. This is especially difficult for her because she has two very famous parents. Grace wants to succeed based solely on her own merit and not because of who her parents are.
She is frustrated by what she feels is her mother’s overprotectiveness. “Grace was convinced the threat of Morray’s return was a figment of her mother’s paranoid imagination.”
There has been no sign of Morray since he sent his consciousness into the mainframe at the end of the fist book. “Ava warned that if he came back he’d destroy every living thing in order to rebuild society on his own terms.” The problem is that most people believe that Morray is gone for good.
Joseph has risen through the military ranks since the day he helped Ava put an end to the City Center. He is now General Joseph Strader.
Grace idolizes her father and her goal is to join him in the military’s combat division. She has been training for years to gain admittance to The Silicon Valley Academy. Attendance and graduation from the academy guarantees entry into the military at a higher rank.
Even though her mother was previously considered an “Insider,” Grace grew up outside the City Center in a small village and is known as an “Outsider.”
“Though the Los Angeles City Center had been dismantled sixteen years ago, contention still lingered between the city residents and the people who lived outside the city.” Training in the SportsPlex the day before the entrance exam to the Academy, Grace meets an Insider named Lucas. Grace’s friends (as well as most other Villagers) dislike and distrust the Insiders, and Grace is no exception. However, despite her prejudices, she feels drawn to Lucas.
Grace’s plan to be accepted at The Academy to study combat does not work out how she had planned. Instead, she enters the Academy and begins a journey along an unlikely path.
There are so many questions that need to be answered in this book. For instance: has Morray back? Is he still lingering somewhere inside the mainframe? What about his sidekick, Dixon? Is he still in the mainframe? If so, where are they hiding? If not, where are they? Have they somehow found a way to download their consciousness into new bodies? If they have, what are they planning? And will Ava be able to stop Morray and Dixon a second time?
Also, where does Grace fit in? Will she allow her prejudices to keep her from potentially finding true love? Will she rise to the occasion or will she fold under the pressure at the Academy?
Once again, Simone Post has delivered a thrilling read full of adventure and intrigue. Her description of the fledgling new utopian society the survivors are hoping to build is compelling. You can’t help but hold out hope that humanity will learn from past mistakes and work together to build a better future.
The book ends on a cliffhanger that will have readers hoping for the next book in the series to be written soon.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I have thoroughly enjoyed the first four books in “The New Agenda” series and I am eagerly awaiting the fourth installment.