Book Review: The Demi-Monde: Winter by: Rod Rees


William Morrow

Publish Date:
December 27, 2011

From Publisher for Review



The Demi-Monde is the most advanced computer simulation ever devised. Created to prepare soldiers for the nightmarish reality of urban warfare, it is a virtual world locked in eternal civil war. Its thirty million digital inhabitants are ruled by duplicates of some of history's cruellest tyrants: Reinhard Heydrich, the architect of the Holocaust; Beria, Stalin's arch executioner; Torquemada, the pitiless Inquisitor General; Robespierre, the face of the Reign of Terror. But something has gone badly wrong inside the Demi-Monde, and the US President's daughter has become trapped in this terrible world. It falls to eighteen-year-old Ella Thomas to rescue her, yet once Ella has entered the Demi-Monde she finds that everything is not as it seems, that its cyber-walls are struggling to contain the evil within and that the Real World is in more danger than anyone realises.

Review: Demi-Monde – literally translates to “Half-World”. This is a pinpoint description of the novel, The Demi-Monde: Winter. The novel centers on a young woman who must enter the Demi-Monde to save the president’s daughter. The Demi-Monde itself, like the Matrix, is a simulation. It has been set up to train troops on all kinds of warfare. Once it was created, though, it was allowed to run on its own. Therefore, nothing is as it seems inside the Demi-Monde. Populated with simulations of the baddest baddies from history as well as the extremes of society, it now has a mind of its’ own. One important point to remember once you enter – if you die in the Demi-Monde, you die in real life.

The Demi-Monde: Winter, which is the first of four books set there, is an interesting read. Luckily, there is a glossary available, but the language takes a bit getting used to. The author worked hard to make the book as ‘punny’ as possible with repetitive plays on names and words. Of course, there is a large amount of world and character building in the first chapters leading up to the action. It can be difficult to give as much information as possible without bogging down your readers. I wish it had been a bit tighter on that aspect. We do need to suspend belief to gloss over a few of the plot holes, but overall it is a good read and a short escape from real life for the reader.

The Demi-Monde Series: Winter (1), Spring (2)

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  1. Hmm, that sounds like an interesting book. I always loved the Matrix films, maybe I'll have to pick this one up sometime (:

  2. Glad you enjoyed it overall. It was a bit too "punny" for me and I couldn't get over the "plot holes." But it was a good effort that had a lot of work....

  3. It sounds interesting but I can't help but wonder why anyone would create a simulation to train soldiers that would allow them to die inside.


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