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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a great book the only thing was its a lil bit slowPublished 18 hours ago by Jason chamberlin
The series as a whole is good, some issues with translation from Russian to English. Some books have better translations that others. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Snowbvi
I want to start by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have moved past this one and on to the next in the series. If I could have, I would have given a 4.5 star review. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Nate B.
Roped in by the masses claiming it to be better than ready player one, it has a good story that is inundated with the minutia of playing an mmporg and just enough charisma to get... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Carlos
There is no plot, there is no antagonist, just leveling up inside the game.
My "inner greedy pig" (the phrase "inner greedy pig" referenced 22 times by author... Read more
Loved this book. As a former MMORPG player I loved being back in the game so to speak. Interesting idea. Fun readPublished 1 month ago by Geona
This book caught me by surprise. At first it seemed like a play-by-play version of watching someone else play a video game. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Adam Nicholes
After reading the synopsis of this audiobook I was marginally interested in giving it a listen. Then I read the title of a review on Audible of which the title was this, “Yes... Read morePublished 1 month ago by AudioBook Reviewer
A great book that does an excellent job of introducing interesting characters in a great setting. I got interested in the series after seeing it constantly referred to in reviews... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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