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The Game (The Game is Life Book 1) by [Schott, Terry]
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  • 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,172 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Some nice ideas here, in a slightly (okay, make that VERY) dark vision of one possible future.

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.
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Life is but a game and we are merely players. But what if we knew it was just a game? Not an unusual idea within the science fiction genre, but rarely is it done as well as it is here.
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.
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I loved this book so much. Especially considering it was a free e-book!

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.
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The first couple of chapters didn't really capture me, as I'm more a magic fantasy reader. However, as the writing improved, the plot just got better. Great characters and an intriguing plot that leaves you thinking 'hmmm, what if it's true??'. Looking forward to the next book in this series.
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I was intrigued by the premise of this book but started to get frustrated about two thirds of the way through as the author seemed to run out of steam. The ending was disappointing and I can only think that the author intends to write a sequel as he left ends that needed tying up. All in all a GREAT idea that failed to live up to its initial promise. Shame
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Every now and then, you come across a book that strikes a note somewhere deep inside you. It makes a kind of sense, that nothing ever has before. For me, this is that book. It has made me hold up my past and peer at it in a way I never have, it has made me question what I have been playing at. Will I get to 80 and regret all the missed chances and opportunities just because I wanted to play it safe? I have thought these thoughts before but always on a surface level. Throwing them away before they have a chance to form. This book has made me really look at them. Closely. I have realised one thing, I need to play the game better.
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My sister recommended this book, I downloaded it and sort of forgot it as I read my other books. I picked this up a couple of days ago and the story hooked me from the start. So much to think about, no spoilers here, I just highly recommend this book and series to you. It's a great story. I've just downloaded book 2
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I loved this book and you get a lot of story for free. Definitely worth a read and it really makes you think what if?! I don't know if I will be buying the follow up book though because I think first free trilogy is a cop out and I've been disappointed too many times by the follow on books from other authors. This was a wonderful idea but believe it should have been concluded in one. I would read this author again but only in stand alone books
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