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Zorn: A Legend of the Days to Come [Paperback]

Graham Worthington
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Jan. 6 2010
In the year 2035 it's cool to be bisexual - or at least pretend to be - and cool to be young, but to be both and on holiday in France is the coolest of all. Zorn and family are at The Anders Hotel, in the little port of Roknor, whose main attraction in daytime is its crowded beach, and in the evening its many clubs. Rejoicing in recently turning sixteen, Zorn has ten days to find Holiday Love, and isn't helped by the presence of Kevin, a coarse and violent homophobe. But despite their differences, neither can escape life's challenges, and find to their dismay that our joys and sorrows come mixed and inseparable. The mid twenty-first century is a time of looking back, a time laden with much nostalgia for the past, but little money. The Great World Depression of the 2020s has seen to that. It is a time of thumbing through the music, films and fashions of the last century, a time of imitating the lost Golden Age of the 1900s. It is also the era of core language, the final perfection of politically correct speech avoiding the use of such hideously offensive words as "he" and "she," with all their built-in stereotypes, all their dangerous assumptions about gender roles and sexuality. Yet it is a time when, though all has changed, nothing has changed. The sea still surges to the distant horizon, the waves still crash to the beach, and on these daily washed sands new people act out the ancient dramas afresh. Zorn is a story of romance, adventure and coming of age in this post-apocalyptic society.

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I was born in England. Not the England of bustling London, nor even the southern counties, but the North of great industrial towns, separated by vast expanses of hills and moors, the land of "Wuthering Heights." I read a lot from childhood onwards, and attempted my first short story at age eleven. "Would you like to be an author?" a girl asked me in my teens; "there's no money in it," I replied, not from desire for wealth, but from desire for life, and travel, which require a solid job to bring in the cash. So I worked, and travelled through life, though experience, through the world, yet always the dream of the novel drifted in the back of my mind. Europe I saw, touching its worn stone, and ancient Istanbul, and crazy Rio de Janeiro; and America too, from cold Toronto to sweltering Miami, touching its chill chrome, its smooth plastic. Then the story entered my mind, lived there, grew, and kicked the sleeping dream awake, till at 8.30 pm on the thirty-first of December, 1999, I paused as I left the shower. Soon, I thought, soon the century ends, mere hours, and the novels are still only an idea. So I opened a Word file.... My first published novel is Wake of the Raven, available on Amazon, the first of a series chronicling a disastrous love affair from the early nineteen-fifties to the end of the century. I'm pleased with it, and the second in the series is partly written. But I wanted to first try something completely different, in a different style, so my latest published is Zorn, set in 2035, and tracks the lives of Zorn Mayhew and Emma Ellis, descendants of Stuart Ellis, in a changed world of the not too distant future.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complications of Love in the Future Feb. 1 2013
By Sue
Format:Paperback
I like science fiction, but I also like stories about people, and how they interact with each other, and this novel gave me both. The sci-fi lies in the idea that years from now people will use words that avoid labelling others according to whether they’re he or she, just as Ms avoids stating if a woman is married or not. That’s as it should be, so I was very much in sympathy with the author’s idea, but the complications that this lead to were amazing, and kept me up reading all night.
I liked the setting too. Somewhere hot and sunny in France, where a lot of teenagers and older people on holiday start competing with each other for a prize that isn’t worth much, but it is a prize, so they all chase it, getting into the holiday spirit. It’s amazing what people will do if it’s for a competition. At the same time of course they’re all getting romantic with each other, and then things get serious, because jealous people become involved, and so do religious people, who I hate. The funny thing is that though it’s not meant to be serious, there’s this serious streak running through it, like a taste that makes me think about things. I got this book after reading Worthington’s first, and I was surprised, because that’s historical fiction, and this is in the future, and the style is totally different.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Sept. 1 2012
By Elomari - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Liked it, though I wish there was more to the story. Hope there's is a continuation.

I recommend to read the glossary in the back first, since the language is a little hard to distinguish. Overall is a great story, the characters each have a mind of their own. I had to look up the glossary at the beginning since I was too confused at first, but then it all made sense once I knew why they used the language they did.

The story enfolds beautifully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worthington's Best Feb. 27 2011
By J. R. Lindensmith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've read many YA novels. All of them horrible, horrible mindless pieces of trash. One-dimensional characters who are constantly bored with themselves and each other. Graham Worthington's ZORN, however, is pure genius. One of the most original pieces I've read in a long time. A warning not only to future teenage generations, but our society as a whole. I love the themes about political correctness and fitting in. No matter how many scientific and supposedly intellectual advances we make over the course of history, one thing never changes: human emotion.

Loved it.
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