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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: 961 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: #5,397 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 41 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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14 of 14 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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13 of 13 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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7 of 7 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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13 of 16 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 Review
Absolutely smashing. A great read that is entertaining and sucks you into the game. A great read that you won't be able to put down
Published 16 hours ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Way too simple
I really wanted to like this book. However, books are supposed to be dramatic. This one was not. Nothing challenged Max for more than a moment or two. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Frank Luke
4.0 out of 5 stars Russian D&D
An interesting book regarding role playing and virtual reality. Took a little bit to get the hang of some of the acronyms, but all in all it was a good read
Published 2 days ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Originally read on kindle, found it on paper and ...
Originally read on kindle, found it on paper and immediately bought it. Then bought book 2, now waiting for the rest to be translated.
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but disturbingly dark later in...
Good book. I noticed a few errors but overall it's good. The writing uses many gaming lingo, so check the appendix if you don't understand a word. Read more
Published 16 days ago by ki yang
5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of Ark and LMS, worth the read.
Great story. The author has obviously spend the time to fully map out where he wants to go with the story. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed this book
I really, really enjoyed this book, but...there's a 'but'. Things worked out way too easily for the main character, which sucks the tension out of the plot. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Caitlin Farley
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is an awesome book. Very imaginative. Could not put it down. Will definitely be purchasing the rest of the series.
Published 24 days ago by Brenda Rutherford
3.0 out of 5 stars Game play
Strong beginning. I found the game stats rather repetitive, but see how this could appeal to keen gamers.
Published 26 days ago by Wendy Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Best "stuck-in-a-virtual-world" book out there
This is by far the best book I've read about living in a virtual world/game. I like the fact that the author hasn't concocted some reason for the whole world to suddenly NEED to... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Maggie Akhurst
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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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