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Two points for brushing your teeth. Ten points for keeping your room tidy. Seventy-two points for the Bioeconomic Game Design pop quiz on the ride to school in your personal FunCar. Another thirty for making every hurdle in gym class. Life is a game, unless you're not the one winning.

Gabby DeCorte, top student and reality-hacker extraordinaire, has been doing whatever it takes to keep her best friend, Zaela, from falling behind in LifeGame. Zaela has gifts of artistry that amaze Gabby, but none of those skills translate in LifeGame and with final exams coming up, they can't afford to waste a single minute. But when a mysterious group called the Frags contacts Gabby claiming to know what really happens to the losers of LifeGame, she must choose between winning and what she believes in.

©2011 Thomas K. Carpenter; (P)2012 Thomas K. Carpenter

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Flashlight Reader on July 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
This synopsis from Amazon does NOTHING for the book. Nothing. About 30 pages in to the book I realized I was reading something that reminded me of Scott Westerfield's Pretties series. I don't mean the story sounded familiar (because it didn't), but the creepy "Big-Brother-is-out-to-get-you" aspect felt similar-- which is a good thing.

The idea of LifeGame is like a job placement test for aspiring University students. The highest scorers get the best jobs, while the others get lesser jobs. Except that's a complete lie. The winners do get top jobs, but the losers disappear forever. It's not certain whether or not they get killed or moved to some top secret facility, but they definitely disappear for good. Gabby didn't realize any of this was occurring until she meets a group of refugees/outcasts called Frags. This odd group of misfits teach her the truth about her altered reality, and the truth is haunting.

The majority of this book is fast paced action. It starts off with a nice world building aspect so you can understand LifeGame and Gabby, but then it quickly gets to the heart of the plot. I was engrossed with the story line. The characters felt a little flat, with the exception of Gabby. You could tell she was conflicted about her choices and current situation. But since so much of the book was built around this team aspect, I would have liked to have known the others more. Especially Mouse and the Frags. Of course, I have a feeling that I will get that opportunity in the next book.

One of my complaints with the book (and sci-fi in general) is some of the invented terminology. I still have no idea what "debuff" means. When I thought I had it figured out, I would see the word used in a different context that threw me for a loop.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Reid on November 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Tom Carpenter contacted me and offered me a free copy of this book, requesting a review.

Pros: Characters are believable; plot is engaging and well-paced; the female protagonist is strong but flawed. All these are essential for a really great, immersive book. I liked it, but I didn't love it. If I could rate in half-stars, this would be 3.5, but I rounded up because I did enjoy the story and the characters.

Cons: There is a lot of gamer-specific language. I've been a gamer for years, so this didn't throw me off, but if you're completely unfamiliar with that subculture and its language, that could be a problem. Also, there were a couple of times when the niche language felt forced, like Carpenter was trying to work in a certain number of gamer terms per chapter.

The manuscript could have used a firmer editorial hand. I found at least two dozen typos, homonyms, odd word choices, and other things that pulled me out of the story. This happened frequently enough to be distracting from the story line. I found myself mentally editing the book for the last half or so. Carpenter also chose to end with a mild cliffhanger. If I like Book 1, I'll buy Book 2 without being left hanging. I prefer a bit more resolution in a book ending.

Is it worth reading? Sure. It's an interesting world that I haven't seen before. Will I read the next one? Probably, but I'm going to take a bit of a break and read something else.

Recommended for gamers and fans of dystopia and/or YA fiction, with the caveats noted above.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Beth Kristen Nehme on August 16, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love young adult dystopia novels. I've read several over the last year. To me this book ranks with some of the best including the Hunger Games and The Pretties series. Only the first book in the series has been written so far, so it's hard to tell if the promise will hold - but I can't wait for the next book to come out.

In this world, life has become a game. People are now walking avatars with neuronets implanted so that they constantly view the world through an 'enhanced' reality. In fact, you can't actually turn off the altered reality. Everyone seems to be fine with this because of the superficial benefits offered - Home redecorating requires only a simple programming change. Everyone wears simple functional body suits with unlimited fashion projections available via programming (you never have to wear the same thing twice). Wrinkles are a thing of the past. You just add a wrinkle free subprogram to your image. The neuronets are so sophisticated they provide feedback via sound, taste, sight and touch. (Apparently not smell which I find difficult to understand - how do you get taste without smell?)

School is a full time game, and progression though classes and into the workplace is based on your Life Score. Only the best are admitted to the University and the best jobs. Unfortunately, not everything in the society functions in the way that the public believe it does, and not all modifications to reality are announced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B Osborn on December 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Agree with the previous review tht the Amazon synopsis does NOTHING for this book. My first introduction to Tom's writing and I was engrossed from start to finish! Gabby's conflicts as she pieces together LifeGame and the world around her had me immersed. I enjoyed the mix of sci-fi, game theory and paradox of choice while remaining an entertaining read.

Looking forward to Frags, book 2!
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