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AlterWorld (Play to Live: Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

D. Rus
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A new pandemic - the perma effect - has taken over Earth of the near future. Whenever you play your favorite online game, beware: your mind might merge with the virtual world and dump its comatose host. Woe be to those stuck forever in Tetris! And still they're the lucky ones compared to those burning alive eternally within the scorched hulls of tank simulators.

But some unfortunates - the handicapped and the terminally ill, shell-shocked army vets, wronged crime victims and other society misfits - choose to flee real life willingly, escaping to the limitless world of online sword and sorcery MMORPGs.

Once a seasoned gamer and now a terminal cancer patient, Max grasps at this final chance to preserve his life and identity. So he goes for it - goes for the promise of immortality shared with a few trusty friends and the woman he loves. Together they roam the roads of AlterWorld and sample its agony and ecstasy born of absolute freedom.


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About the Author

. Rus is a young Russian author whose books took the Russian literary market by storm in 2013. AlterWorld - the first novel of his Play to Live series - made him a bestselling author overnight as critics now credit him with single-handedly creating a new science fiction genre: LitRPG. Set in the virtual reality of MMORPG - Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games - his books tell stories of real people who'd become stuck in the game and are forced to follow its rules while preserving their intergrity and fighting to make their new world a better place. The five books of the series have created a huge following as more authors followed suit, making LitRPG the latest bestselling Russian genre that merges science fiction, fantasy and gaming conventions. D. Rus has been nominated for Start, one of Russia's prestigious literary prizes for the best debut science fiction novel. The first two novels of the Play to Live series - AlterWorld and The Clan - have been translated into English, and talks are under way to have the rest of the series published on Amazon.

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  • File Size: 618 KB
  • Print Length: 441 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LYJOII6
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book July 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
It seems that the book was inspired by the Koren novel Legendary Moonlight Sculptor (which was published in 2007 and has 43 vol at this time). As I am a fan of the series I actually found this book on Goodreads under similar books. If you like one you will like the other.

In summary this books is about a young adult who is terminal ill, as such he looks for a way to extend his life and finds that it is possible to merge yourself into a MMO. In other words he becomes his MMO character with all memories however he can never again log out. The book is then about his life in the game, with quests, class builds, guilds, dungons, levels, and all other things belonging to a good MMO.

Other similar books to this would be Sword Art Online, Log Horizon, Epic, 1/2 Blood Prince... If you like books where you are in a MMO world then you will like this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars READ IT READ IT READ IT December 11, 2014
By Awesome
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this book. If you are a fan of Legendary Moonlight Sculptor, Ark, Ready Player One... any gaming or virtual reality related book... this... you will love!

Sure the book has a couple of flaws. One... No offense to Mr.Rus... but that is a horrible cover. I actually DIDN'T read it for the longest time because of the cover. I know, I know. Don't judge a book by it's cover... so sue me. Another thing which is a bit misleading is the book description. When I read that the player dies in the beginning of the book... I was like.. what!? I immediately thought that it wasn't my type of book. But rest assured, it's not what it is made out to be. There are still in-game and out-of-game aspects to the book... which is what makes the VRMMO genre so cool.

Anyway, as for the book itself. FRIGGING AWESOME. Incredible translation that I wouldn't even have been able to point out myself. If I hadn't known... and if all the characters weren't Russian... I wouldn't have known it to be originally written in Russian. DAMN YOU MR.RUS! WHY WEREN'T YOU BORN ENGLISH SPEAKING!?

But yes, seriously worth a read from anyone. Excellent characters... a bit lacking in the strong female character department... but he still has a couple books after this so I am hopeful.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. August 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having read several similar works such as Legendary Moonlight Sculptor and Ark etc. for some reason the book felt a bit boring for me in the beginning. The system felt too reminiscient of World of Warcraft type MMORPGs I suppose, too familiar for me. Felt like it was just another confined MMORPG and not another world. However as I kept reading it pulled me in with the sweet loots and achievements and the slowly unrevealing possibilities of permamode and the world gaining a mind of its own. I read the whole first book yesterday and today I am already half way through the second book. Hopefully the rest of the books will be translated soon because I am running out.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great read, might recommend, needs work. December 7, 2014
By D.R.G.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Summary. While people are lavishing the story out of a 5/5, my bias may agree, but I know there's a lot of things in the book that do not fit. The plot at times is quite dry, and the reader is left desperately wanting more out of this virtual reality zone. Part of the reason for this phenomena is that a 3 is that the audience wants to escape reality. The audience must be taken on an adventure, and since there are few comparisons to this genre besides a few anime, books, and novels, it's easy to rate as very original and fresh. But the book ultimately succeeds to do it's objective, and does manage to 'get by'.

I acknowledge this author has talent. If the author wants to succeed in this series, I would like to see more 'colorful' imagery, and more effective use of plot, and a dynamic story. I would like to see the characters come to life immediately, not in the 7th or 9th chapter, by using standard authoritative tools used in every novel. Part of the reason I am strict is so that the author creates a novel, that's better the next time with constructive criticism. If I left anything out please comment, or give quotes to allow a more comprehensive review.

Overall I liked this novel, I purchased the next one because his work is better then 90% of the same genre in novels out there. The author also has integrity by releasing the whole novel in one book rather then a light novel.

Story 4/5,
I find the story intriguing, and very engaging. I could shadow that the idea is very original with controversial ideas that catch the eye. However, there are parts that if the author engaged and spent some time could have made the book a whole lot better. The story does not pick up until 43% into the book.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Our protagonist is a man with no real job, no real friends, no real skills, and no ethics or integrity. But a brain tumor and a fixation on his mother are sufficient to justify fraud and theft. Fortunately after the first chapter the story switched to the online "alterworld", and we're introduced to a different side of the main character. Now he is a man who has minimal ethics (won't kill a baby), friends, treasure, inept opponents, and limitless luck. I wonder why I don't feel any empathy? On top of that the only woman given any depth is young, emotionally crippled, and after her implausible rescue cleaves to the main character as though she were bind on pickup. (intentional pun).

I think this book should be included in every writing course as an example; the protagonist is unlikeable, there is no plot (the whole book is a foreshadowing for a plot twist that occurs in the last chapter. But the author is skilled at writing; his prose pulled me forward past the parts that annoyed me, and he manages to convey the fun of MMORPG while minimizing the boredom of grinding for levels. The author is so good at outlining what makes an MMO good, that I started playing an MMO this weekend.

The plot twist is interesting, and there is a part of me that wants to read the next book. But the author hasn't done enough to convince me that the plot will be more interesting than the sexism, addiction, and narcissism that I believe is coming.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I decided to read this book
I'm glad I decided to read this book. I was surprised by how much I liked this book, and I'm really looking forward to reading the next one.
Published 6 hours ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
One of the best VRMMORPG books I have read, very highly recommended
Published 1 day ago by Garry
5.0 out of 5 stars Really recomend it!
Awesome book, if you like genres like moonlight Sculptor, Ark or other similar books of Virtual Reality RPG's, you're gonna love it!
Published 1 day ago by Mateus Guerra de Farias
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written
I initially got book one through book bub free. I was a little Confused in the beginning as I am not a gamer, but the storyline was good and the characters very likeable that I... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Trazen Havasu
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing groundbreaking but a fun ride. One of the cool things was that...
An enjoyable romp. Nothing groundbreaking but a fun ride. One of the cool things was that it took concepts that have been explored in several other novels/movies and combined... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Raymond Hastie
5.0 out of 5 stars Please everyone make it worthwhile to translate the rest!
I've read all three translated books in less than a week. So engaging and really make me want to play AlterWorld. Read more
Published 4 days ago by P. J. Simmons
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Idea
But I don't think I will read anymore. If you want to become a gamer junkie I still think this book would be too much. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
Very deep and detailed plot and characters. You also have hints of a deeper plot going on as well. Highly recommend.
Published 5 days ago by Kaldran
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story. I hated to see it end and ...
Good story. I hated to see it end and I hate the fact that every new "book" seems to only be "Part 1"....
Published 5 days ago by T. Doray
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gamer's Utopia!
This book really brought my back to why I enjoyed gaming. I had lost the reasons over the years. I became so consumed by gaming community rather than the game itself. Read more
Published 5 days ago by alive and conscious
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D. Rus is a young Russian author whose books took the Russian literary market by storm in 2013. AlterWorld - the first novel of his Play to Live series - made him a bestselling author overnight as critics now credit him with single-handedly creating a new science fiction genre: LitRPG.

Set in the virtual reality of MMORPG - Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games - his books tell stories of real people who'd become stuck in the game and are forced to follow its rules while preserving their intergrity and fighting to make their new world a better place.

The five books of the series have created a huge following as more authors followed suit, making LitRPG the latest bestselling Russian genre that merges science fiction, fantasy and gaming conventions. D. Rus has been nominated for Start, one of Russia's prestigious literary prizes for the best debut science fiction novel.

The first three novels of the Play to Live series - have been translated into English, and talks are under way to have the rest of the series published on Amazon.

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Dang, did he have to leave that giant cliffhanger at the end of book 2? :-(

But its yet another way to somewhere nobody else ever got to. An immortal can't die and he also can't log out. So i wonder what opportunities are waiting for him there now. And since he did not actually die, i hope he... Read More
Aug 22, 2014 by Martin K. |  See all 3 posts
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