The Great Awakening

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
96 Pages
Reviewed on 02/22/2022
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Author Biography

Entrepreneur, inventor, educator, poet, and philosopher:
Art studied electrical engineering at Christian Brothers University and earned his master’s degree at IIT. During college, he authored one of the first patent applications on caller ID. He started his career at Motorola and was one of the first engineers to incorporate integrated circuits in color television. He later managed a group of engineers at Zenith Radio Corporation. Art launched E-Blox Inc. after 44 years of being the President of Elenco Electronics Inc. Presently, he has more than a dozen patents with a few still pending. Greek philosophy is still one of his passions.
Art and his wife, Maryann, were married on August 6, 1966 and have 11 grandchildren. They both took great joy in telling stories to their grandchildren at bedtime. Art claims these memories inspire all his books. His greatest inspiration in life, however, was his wife Maryann. Maryann went into the light while holding Art's hand on the morning of 9/11/2019. She was truly Art's Ruby.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The Great Awakening is the second book in the SiBoRE series by Arthur F Seymour. Taking place some years after Earth Won, Ruby and Seymour are married and have a family. Living in a castle inside a cave, they know their sons and daughter are their priority. When a global pandemic puts everyone to sleep, the only way their community can survive is to put their community on lockdown and away from the rest of the world. While they can hide forever inside, that is not the best option. So, it becomes the job of everyone inside the cave to save the world from this horrible pandemic and bring life back to normal. But is it possible? How can they when they have to fight against the evil creature?

Reading The Great Awakening was the most calming yet entertaining experience. Arthur F Seymour craftily creates a believable world in which robots and humans work together to fight off a common enemy. The intrigue behind the virus, how Seymour and his team work together to find a cure, and the presence of the white crow Sally all work together incredibly well. This novel is short, so I am very surprised at how cohesive and complete it is. In less than a hundred pages, the author gives a fast-paced, action-packed story with well-rounded characters and an incredibly rich plot. The story provides a unique yet very fulfilling reading experience with QR codes. I love the dry sense of humor in the story. I love the educational perspective, and I thoroughly enjoyed the poems and literary diversity in the story.

Astrid Iustulin

After Arthur Seymour devoted the volume Earth Won to the adventures of Seymour and Ruby, he presents the sequel to their story. The Great Awakening begins ten years after the end of the first book, when Seymour, Ruby, and their children realize the world is threatened by a mysterious virus that puts people in a coma. Some animals (a white crow, a cat, and a moth), a grandmother, and a boy will act as their unexpected helpers. As our heroes try to find the vaccine to save the world from the pandemic, they will realize that there are evil forces behind the spread of the virus.

When I read that Arthur Seymour started writing The Great Awakening before the outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic, I could not believe it. The way the heroes deal with the coma virus (lockdown and the search for a vaccine) made a deep impression on me because it is very similar to what we all have recently experienced. This is just one of the reasons why The Great Awakening has been an interesting book for me. It invited me to read further and I did not regret it. I liked that the book, although written in prose, also includes poems and some QR codes. While the poems make reading smoother, QR codes make it interactive, which I believe will appeal to many young readers. Also, I appreciated the blend of two subjects as science and love, and how Seymour interweaved them. This is a rare and precious feature that, with the other qualities, makes The Great Awakening an incredible story.

Pikasho Deka

The Great Awakening is an interactive novella written by Arthur F. Seymour. A sequel to Arthur F. Symour's Earth Won, The Great Awakening follows the characters Seymour and Ruby twelve years after the events of the first book. Happily married and blessed with four children, Seymour's quiet life is interrupted when an albino crow named Sally drops off a black elderberry at their home. With help from Dr. Paul, they soon learn about the outbreak of a virus known as DP20 across the planet, rendering people comatose. They also discover that elderberry juice slows down the growth of the virus. As Dr. Paul reveals the origins of the virus as being artificial, Robyn, Max, Ruby, Min, and Seymour help in moving the inhabitants of Hidden Valley Village to their enclosed cave.

Short and immersive, The Great Awakening is an absorbing novella that acutely mirrors the state of our world during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Filled with poems, imagery, and QR codes meant to make for an engaging reading experience, Arthur F. Seymour's novella is a gem for lovers of interactive storytelling mediums. The characters are colorful, and I found them quite entertaining. Apart from Seymour and Ruby, I also enjoyed the AI characters, each of whom I found compelling with distinct personalities. The unorthodox narrative style can be a bit jarring initially, but it gets easier to immerse yourself as the plot progresses further. I found The Great Awakening to be a uniquely entertaining experience. I would recommend it to fans of interactive storytelling mediums.

Foluso Falaye

Arthur F Seymour's The Great Awakening, the sequel to Earth Won, begins ten years after Seymour and Ruby get married. Now, they have four children and live in a palace inside a large cave. When a pandemic puts millions of people around the world in a coma and the cave is forced into lockdown, Paul, Ester, and their oldest child, Jimmy, form a team of "Cure Hunters" as they search for a cure for people infected with the comavirus. Meanwhile, four Guardian Angel (GA) robots named Robyn, Max, Min, and Feeniks work to save the world from Satan's evil plans. However, they are not alone as an albino crow, a grandmother named Yolanda, and a boy named Martin guide the world to love and goodness.

The Great Awakening is engineered to lift readers' spirits as it has many fun additions: the cheerful Skidamarink song, the catchy poems with hidden meanings, the messages about spreading love and fighting evil with good, the beautiful pictures, and more. Additionally, Arthur F Seymour's book teaches young readers important lessons about science, power, integrity, and prayer. The fight between good and evil is quite prominent in the story; as the evil side appears with daunting developments, the good side counters with impressive findings and plans, which got me excited and eager to see who would eventually win. That every reader of the book is its potential editor if they follow its instructions is actually amazing. The book's shifts in viewpoints and the inclusion of many important characters and ideas may result in a complicated experience for some. Regardless, this fast-paced, intricate, and educative sci-fi about saving the world is a unique and memorable book for young adults.

Jose Cornelio

The Great Awakening by Arthur F. Seymour is the sequel to Earth Won and is a brilliant meld of science fiction and fantasy, a story with a monumental setting and characters that provide fun company. The cave is home not only to Seymour, Ruby, and their kids but also to many others. But a worldwide pandemic that makes people sleep threatens the lives of those living inside the cave; a world of its own, and it is on lockdown. But is it just the pandemic that threatens the world? This is an interactive story with features that allow readers to listen to poems and songs from the characters and more. Readers are introduced to what is most essential in bringing healing to everyone in times of a pandemic and to confront an evil plan to destroy the world.

The Great Awakening is a heartwarming tale that will inspire readers to embrace the essential energy of life. The world-building is impeccably constructed and readers will adore the characters as each deals with the pandemic as well as those affected by it. This world is inhabited by robotic characters, humans, and other interesting characters, yet never lacking in those elements that humans look for in their world. Robyn, Max, Min, and Feeniks are robots that serve as Guardian Angels to disrupt the satanic ploy to ensnare the world. An albino crow leads the way for everyone while Grandmother Yolanda and Martin, a young boy, arouse the spirit of love in the hearts of everyone, making them believe in the one power that shields everyone from evil. While this is an engrossing fantasy and science fiction tale, it is a fable with timeless lessons and a message that resonates powerfully with our own struggles. Seymour, Ruby, Robyn, Ester, and Paul are exceptionally developed characters that readers can relate to. They are fleshed out and fun to stick with. Arthur F. Seymour’s The Great Awakening is a book of light with an inspirational message that stirs the heart strongly.

Fran Wapole

Art Seymour is the Aesop of our time. He delivers valuable messages through his characters on meaningful and trusting relationships.

Joseph A Simard

Best book besides the bible ever written.