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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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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: #4,767 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 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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6 of 6 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 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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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 MMORPG 101 Introduction to adventure. October 16, 2014
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I'm not a gamer - well, i wasn't, except for Angry Birds- but this dive into MMORPG world made me want to discover it. It's probably one of the best ways for a total novice in gaming to get a feel for them. Actually, i registered and tried a few free MMORPG's because of the book.. Well played, D. Rus! The basic concept (existence as consciousness in a virtual world, without a body carrier) raises some interesting philosophical questions as well. Apart from that it's just a good adventure read, addictive enough for me to buy the second volume right after i finished the first. Recommended, also for non-gaming adventure seekers.
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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 READ IT READ IT READ IT December 11, 2014
By Awesome
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, undesirable content.
You can see how great the book is from all the other reviews. There is one reason I'm not giving it 5/5. Read more
Published 2 days ago by mike vanduzee
5.0 out of 5 stars Teddy!
I've really enjoyed reading this book! I've played DnD since I was a kid, along with WoW and other MMORPG's and I absolutely love Rus's idea here. Read more
Published 3 days ago by baf
5.0 out of 5 stars gamers read this!
This book is such a fun read. It is intelligent and very true to gaming. Such an awesome concept, which I know is very intriguing to several gamers I know! Read more
Published 6 days ago by daddog28
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive Series
This book was a far better read than i had expected a book based on an mmorpg could be. The author brought in some very interesting developments such as the perma players and the... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars VRMMORPG - Done Right
If love Legendary Moonlight Sculptor, Only Sense Online, or Log Horizon then you'll probably love this series too.
Published 7 days ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Tottaly worth it, to any LMS/ARK fans this is the author you have been searching.
Published 9 days ago by Arzoth
3.0 out of 5 stars Great read, might recommend, needs work.
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. Read more
Published 11 days ago by D.R.G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time and money.
Very well written and translated. The author found a gem with his translator as - with the exception of a few turns of phrases which reveal the authors background - it is nearly... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Catherine Kristen Bollman
5.0 out of 5 stars Escapism at its absolute best!
I absolutely LOVED this book! I used to play an online RPG a long time ago so I'm familiar with the process of building a character and many of the basic templates of MMORPG's... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Josmicco
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
excellent read!
Published 19 days ago by bruce l. carpenter
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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
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