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D_Light is moderately successful; he is climbing up the rankings. But there is a price to pay - in order to manage his moods and keep his performance at a peak he finds himself taking more and more drugs, he suffers from feelings of guilt, and he is lonely. Being invited to take part in a MetaGame seems like the opportunity of a lifetime; a MetaGame is a real game (ie not virtual) and therefore comes with a risk of actual injury or even death to the individuals taking part; not surprisingly it is played for high stakes.
However, as the Metagame progresses, D_Light finds that his risk-taking approach has backfired and taken him outside of the rules of the Game. As he struggles to come to terms with this, the game itself starts to shift. Without wanting to give away spoilers, all I can say is that he is forced to choose between winning the Game (by the rules) or risking everything to change the Game itself.
I enjoyed this book a lot. It's not great literature, but there is a good story line which it is well developed, and (for me at least) the pace was about right - a bit slow at the start, but great once it got going. The characters are a bit stereotypical, but they were real enough to hold my attention and make me want to know what would happen to them. The best aspect (I thought) is the culture / society in which the events play out, which is imaginative and well described.Read more ›
Anyway, the MetaGame is a series of quests that bring D_Light into a world he knew nothing about and forces him to re-evaluate his views somewhat.
Oh, if you want meta then ripping off Bill Bailey "Three blind mice walk into a bar, but they are unaware of their surroundings, so to derive humour from it would be exploitative."
A couple of really interesting ideas are used in this book
The first is the overlay. The world we live in is often quite often fairly dull, so wouldn't it be great if we could overlay our world with more interesting things. We've already started to do this (look up augmented reality) but this book takes it a lot farther, in fact to the point where people very often look down on the "real" world. Why be a desk junky? When you can be a mighty wizard helping your friends defend against the evil something or other - ala a suped up version of World of Warcraft.
The second is the change in the way we work. Anybody that has ever played a MMORPG will know about grinding, doing a very boring thing over and over to gain points/money, but loads of people willingly do this to power up their characters. Now the brilliant idea would be to find a way to make people treat their jobs in a similar way, become a 10th level postman, 20th level accountant, etc.
Finally I liked the idea of the death of the present family layout.Read more ›
Given the prevalence of social networking, online games and sites such as Foursquare where you can score points just for visiting different places, it isn't too much of a stretch to imagine a future like that of Metagame, where every aspect of life has been worked into a game. It's certainly an interesting concept, but unfortunately, when it comes to this novel, it's one that has been sadly squandered.
Right from the start, the story is slow to get into gear, with the first few chapters spent on a painfully slow recap of how D_Light earned a high score on his last quest. Although it does pick up a little from there, the writing style is just too sloppy to enable the novel to pick up any kind of tension or pacing. It doesn't help that all the principal characters are completely shallow and dislikeable, with such stilted and wooden dialogue that it is impossible to feel anything except annoyance towards them.
Overall, although there are certainly some interesting ideas in this book, that just isn't enough to make up for the poor writing and shallow characterisation. Even if you're a fan of the genre, there are plenty of better titles to spend your time and money on.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a top quality book. I bought it because I really enjoyed his app D_Light Games and the Wizard's Choice saga (also brilliant so worth trying). Read morePublished 16 months ago by Michael C
It took me a few attempts to get started but once I was in I was hooked. A great story that has enormous potential to be a brilliant movie. Read morePublished 18 months ago by joanne ruff
Great idea but let down by the weakness of the facts and situations it is based on. It doesn't stand comparison to Michael Chrighton's books, or Bob Berridge's "The Car",... Read morePublished on 23 July 2014 by Bookreader
Sam Landstrom presents two or three interesting ideas for a future dystopia but conveys them with a cast of characters which rarely reach the level of caricature and a plot that... Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Found the writing to be slow and characters boring. First few pages were good but next 20 bored me silly.Published on 6 Jun. 2014 by Oreobiscuit
Original story. Build up bit slow to where the story really starts to unfold. Ending not easily predictable. Worthwhile read.Published on 24 Feb. 2014 by Andrew Miller
This is a well-written piece of hard SF.
I liked the way that the way the world worked and how it arose came gradually, without very much tedious exposition. Read more
I read all genres and this book was quick to grab my interest. I have read a few science fiction books before and enjoyed them, I am not really into gaming but I thought I’d give... Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2014 by Mrs. S. Payne
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