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Dark Futures (Terminator 2: The New John Connor Chronicles, Book 1) [Mass Market Paperback]

Russell Blackford
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, exciting and intelligent Nov. 6 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Dark Futures" is an exciting novel with a lot of fast action and an incredibly mean new Terminator from the future.
The story moves really fast, on two different time lines. On both of them, John Connor and his mother Sarah are trying to stop Skynet from destroying humanity, but it is a lot stronger than they are, and maybe smarter. The new Terminator is almost indestructible, and they have to hit it with everything they've got.
As well as all the action, between the lines, the book is looking at interesting stuff like Artificial Intelligence, and whether we can change the future, or whether the future is fixed. You can tell that the author has really thought about how AI and time travel would work.
The characters are good, too. It is interesting to see John Connor grow up in the two time lines. The genetically enhanced people who come back from the new future to help him against Skynet and the new Terminator are especially cool. They are still human, but maybe only just. Jade is really strong, much stronger than any of the men, and very beautiful, but she is also quite a complex character.
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August 23, 2002
The other day I was at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL and completely enjoyed the T2:3D presentation. I went into the gift shop and immediately purchased this book (and another T2 related book). I am already more than half way thru it. The book is incredible!
There are two major story lines for the book. The first story line takes place immediately after the events of T2. It depicts the lives of Sarah and John Connor after the destruction of Cyberdyne and brings to light their continued fear for the Judgement Day which may or may not come and their desire for a normal life.
In the second story line the author of the book also expertly tells the story of an alternate time line in which Miles Dyson successfully builds Skynet. This time line depicts everything we know happened (how Skynet was built, why a Judgement Day and the Human Resistance) but until now have not had first hand knowledge of (we know of them because of Kyle Reese and the 1994 T-800 Terminator). I can tell both time lines are on a collision course and I am sure complete satisfaction will be the result for the reader.
This book fleshes out the characters and moves in an exciting pace. It answers so many questions and leaves me hungering for more. I am very excited to know that this is the first of a trilogoy. I sincerely hope this is just a warm up for a new and equally exciting T3! I reccommend this book to any one who enjoyed the T1 and T2 movies. The book will really bring it to life for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book! Nov. 19 2002
By Sean
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ok i just finished reading this book and i must say it was excellent. There are 2 storylines included one continues directly from T:2 but the other is basically going from as if they decided to go into hiding and never defeated the T-1000 meaning John still has the help of his T-800 body guard. It was really good and both stories end with one hell of a cliffhanger which makes me really wish that i didnt have to wait until May for the second book. My advice is if your a fan of the series to definately go out and get this book. Some say its confusing but only in the first 5 pages once you get farther and get used to it you will greatly enjoy it.
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