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

D. Rus
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,007 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5 of 5 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 On a par with great Russian writers of the past October 3, 2014
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I like Russian novels. I've read and enjoyed the classics, beginning with Tolstoy on down to Solzhennitsyn. In other words I like the pre-communism influenced writers down to the anti-communist writers. They are masters of fiction, but none of them held my attention like Rus. I would speculate the "D. Rus" name may be a pen name, but no matter. If Tolstoy and his contemporary writing brethren were alive today, it is quite possible they would attempt something as avant-garde as Alterworld-Play to Live. I was mesmerized by this book from the opening pages and spent a day reading it, and it is not a particularly short novel.

It probably takes a little gamer background to completely enjoy this type fiction. I am not currently gaming, but I did a lot in the early days and then gradually tapered off as time to play became hard to find. I am familiar with the game world concepts, and that helps to understand the framework of the story. The imagination and writing talent completely grabbed and held me. This book is spectacular.
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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
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A book worthy of a review
I read a lot of books, and this is the first time I have felt that the book that I've just read deserved my review. Like the character in the book, I was totally immersed. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jeff Hein
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Great book loved it similar to Korean light novel legendary moonlight sculptor but does diverge in certain aspects.
Published 7 days ago by filippo
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow.
I don't know if I can say more, except I'm off to buy book 2. I hope the rest of the series gets translated soon!
Published 8 days ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book and series
Terrific book and series. The best of VRMMORPG the guy knows his stuff looks like he has a real gaming understanding, good plot , good merging with the real world scnario, have a... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Reygar
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
This book, the first in a series, is amazing! A grand adventure! Although this book is the first in a series, this book provides a conclusion while hooking the reader into... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Autumn Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars MMORPG 101 Introduction to adventure.
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. Read more
Published 15 days ago by JediZippy
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising and a smooth read.
I was surprise, I enjoyed the entire book. Let me tell you I downloaded this by accident, so once I realized I had indeed purchased the book I went and looked at the reviews and... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Florence Beeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel for gamers
Absolutely wonderful book. I am a gamer which is what originally drew my interest in this book. While there is a lot of reference to game mechanics, I didn't feel that it... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Suzy Q
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best MMORPG genra books i have read in a while
I just can't get enough of this series. I lost sleep because i wanted to read this faster.
Published 22 days ago by Tech Vakaily
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
I found this book interesting and engaging. I hope he finished translating the rest of the books in this series.
Published 23 days ago by Solomon Abing
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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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Enjoyable & Light Read
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
Aug 22, 2014 by Martin K. |  See all 3 posts
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