- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 673 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Publisher: Terry Schott; 3 edition (24 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009U5TCKU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,172 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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- Book 1 of 5 in The Game is Life (5 Book Series)
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The plot revolves around a fully-immersive videogame which children from the 'real world' must play in order to gain 'experience' at life (rather than simply learning stuff in school). Players' experiences in the game are then viewed by those not playing and the higher the viewing figures, the greater the players' rewards when they finish. All of which operates under the watchful eye of an AI computer program and the person responsible for inventing 'The Game'.
So far, so Big Brother (Orwell's version) meets Big Brother (Channel 4's version).
There are some good ideas in this book, but also some issues. One issue is that a lot of the plot seems to rely on lots of unexplained rules - tension builds, for instance, when we learn that 'The Game' has a finite lifespan and that when it ends, essentially civilisation will end with it. This is something which all the characters who know about it seem to take as inevitable but nobody seems to explain why. Now, it's possible that this is explained in another book in the series, but I couldn't say, because I've read the next one too, and it's not explained in there either.
Which brings me to my main issue with this book - it's not complete. It should, in my opinion, as a novel have a beginning, a middle and an end. If you've bought this (or even downloaded it for free) and then put the time into reading it from start to finish, then there should be some kind of 'payoff' for the reader, in the form of a natural conclusion to the narrative. This book doesn't have that, instead it simply stops, with a note saying that the story continues in book two. As someone fairly new to the Kindle I HATE this.Read more ›
The basic idea revolves around two main characters, Danni and Trew. Two folk growing up, making a life together, but slowly coming to realise that they are in a computer program. Simultaneously to this we follow Zack and Alex, the players of the game and the support team around them. While their physical bodies sleep, inside and outside the game people are trying to help them, but still threats remain. It quickly becomes clear that there is more to this game than normal.
This novel starts a bit slow but picks up as the story gathers pace. To be honest the writing improves as well. There is a certain charm to the book, almost a throwback to an earlier school of writing. Saying that, there are some little stylistic twists that work particularly well. The most obvious being the swapping of first person viewpoint and narration throughout the book.
One word of warning though. This is the first in a series of 4 books, and this one finished on a cliff-hanger. It will be very difficult not to get the next one, just to see what happens.
The characters, the world, the idea ... Wow. Very rarely am I so captivated by a book like this, the story progressed at a good pace, it was gradually introduced to the world of the game, and the characters were developed accordingly.
I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
For anybody looking for a quick and enthralling read, look no further.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Greatly enjoyable read. Quite quirky in making our world's reality questionable by quoting on historical events that were unable to explain. I'm getting the next volume now.Published 1 month ago by Fufiouek
Brilliant book, interesting concept, believable characters. This book is well written and provides a brilliant escape from the real world into an alternate "reality". Read morePublished 2 months ago by HailsEvo
This is decent concept and pretty well thought out. The structure of the chapters takes a little getting used to but also works quite well, although many of the excerpts could be... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Muz
I truely felt this book was an amazing view of the world, and that it accurately could explain the presence of a greater being in this universe. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chloe
Brilliant ideas. I'd probably have given this 4 stars if it hadn't been free (yes FREE!) Really enjoyable storyline and leaves you eager to read the next in the series. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pricey
A little amateurish - the characters and plot didn't have enough depth to interest me, sorry. Just my opinion, I'm sure others liked it.Published 7 months ago by WriterReader876
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