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

D. Rus
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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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  • File Size: 1804 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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13 of 13 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gaming fantasy saga with a difference August 2, 2014
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The book was a bit of a surprise as it's generously peppered with gaming sequences that can probably strike a chord with a computer game lover. Well, I'm not; but even so I quite enjoyed the story.

In a nutshell: Max cheats death by escaping into a computer game where he's now stuck for good as are his new friends. The plot thickens with numerous gaming adventures that get more and more complex and even tragic as the powers that be try to lay their hands on AlterWorld's virtual riches. Max with his generous nature and devil-may-care attitude progresses from a happy-go-lucky nerd to a true hero, believable and flawed (the inner greedy pig character deserves a medal!)

It's quite well written, especially the dialogue. Overall, an entertaining read but also quite an eye-opener (for me) into the gaming world. I might in fact try playing a game and see what happens - I hope I won't get stuck!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new book a new genre July 26, 2014
By Ter
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A very fun read, could not put it down.
One of the things I like about this book is the little pearls of wisdom we get from time to time, every great fantasy book has few, add to that the fun main story, and we get this great series.

From what I understand currently there are five books and the sixth on the way, however only two have been translated into English as of yet. That being said, Mr D.Rus did comment that at present he considers if to translate the sequels.
I'm optimistic so I think we can expect the following books relatively soon, I can't wait.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genre defining novel July 30, 2014
By J.
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a genre-setting novel and is quite good. I was entranced by it! I couldn't put it down and can't wait for the rest of the series to get translated. Regarding the translation, I liked how it retained the flavor and mindset of the original Russian.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've already read it twice! September 2, 2014
By ave.lee
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! Loved every second of it August 15, 2014
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Great story! Loved every second of it. If you like adventure stories or light novels like Legendary Moonlight Sculptor or Ark, you'll definitely enjoy this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book September 15, 2014
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This book was great, but I'm still scratching my head over how it managed it. This was more than just a story about someone immersing themselves permanently in an MMO (online game). It spent lots of time dealing with the mechanics of that world and the details of items, buffs, stats and other game related stuff. That's a recipe for a really dull book... but somehow the author made it interesting, fascinating even.

The characters are vivid and well developed. The virtual world feels cohesive and real, with glimpses of a much darker side showing through from time to time. The only downside I can see is that it might not appeal to true non-gamers. While I'm not hooked on MMOs I have played quite a few and I've been a gamer for far too many years so most of the terminology was familiar to me. That said, even if you aren't into games I think this is well worth checking out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing book, very well written, can't wait for trequel!
Published 5 days ago by Nyan Chwla
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best series I ever read!
Published 5 days ago by Sylwiusz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
Truly an amazing book. Long time MMO player and all I can say is I was completely engrossed by the story
Published 6 days ago by Matthew Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely paced, very few editing mistakes
Virtual reality becomes reality, and if you chose to do so, it can be your life for the rest of the days. Nicely paced, very few editing mistakes. Enjoyable and fun. Read more
Published 15 days ago by LAZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in time, or maybe forward
Awesome book, brought me back to my RPG/MMORPG days, enjoyable. Some deeper currents too, strong themes, overall great read.
Published 18 days ago by Andrea M. Baldini
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting read
Published 22 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing read. Once I started reading I couldn't stop until I finished the book.
Published 23 days ago by Adam Falaise
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure fun
That bittersweet feeling you have when you read the book you've wanted to write. the pure joy of reading it. the fun of being immersed completely in an engrossing adventure. Read more
Published 24 days ago by xteeve
5.0 out of 5 stars May there be not only a third translated book but also a fourth and...
This book is great, and while I have no knowledge of Russian novels I'm sure that this books has surely made the Virtual Reality novels in Russia more well-known and probably more... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Sannette Greenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Often wished I could live in some of my games. This shows me the up and down sides of that wish.
Published 28 days ago by LAH1965
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More About the Author

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 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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