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

D. Rus
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 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: 961 KB
  • Print Length: 441 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LYJOII6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 38 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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13 of 13 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. August 15, 2014
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've already read it twice! September 2, 2014
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Great Series Discovered!
I initially downloaded this ebook because it was both free and sounded ~moderately~ interesting. I remember playing some role playing games when I was quite young and I wondered how this book succeeded / tried to blend a type of reality with online gaming.

I loved it. I have read it twice in the past month and the second book of the series once. I will read them both again once the third book is released - which I believe is being translated now, based on the discussions.

The character development is easy to follow and understand. The mix of humans, non-player characters and artificial intelligence actors and their individual evolution is an interesting interweaving of plots and potentials that expand and flex as the story continues. I liked it a lot.

There are a few translation quirks, but my brain "fixed" the issues without getting bogged down with the translation misses. I just kept cruising through the book and immediately wanted more.
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12 of 15 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.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Series
One of the best books I've ever read. I heard the book was very good so I decided to give it a try. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Has a few hammer errors, but as someone who logged a lot of time in mmorpgs I loved this book and plan on getting the next one! Read more
Published 1 day ago by david linville
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it !!!
Stayed up all night could not put it down , read it on the weekend don't get fired from your job , because you can't put it down.
Published 2 days ago by daddy
3.0 out of 5 stars Max
It was o
Pretty good. I have zero knowledge of gaming, but was still able to get the jist of most of it. Some of it is derogatory and antisemetic, but not horrendous. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Sandie
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
An interesting, new take on the fantasy genre. I found the writing style to be lack luster but the plot more than makes up for that.
Published 4 days ago by Kaitlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Need More
Great cant wait for the rest
Published 6 days ago by Tim
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun if you are a gamer!
This is a fun read if you are a fan of D and D or any of the other role playing games. It moves quickly but has a focus on the gaming aspect of the world. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Doctor Rat
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down.
Writing a series seems to be the way now. Sometimes I can't even finish book one. Sometimes book one is enough and no real urge to read the rest. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
This is a great series for gamers and book lovers alike! I've read the first three and am hooked. I wish they would finish translating the rest, but I assure you they are worth the... Read more
Published 7 days ago by April Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
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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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