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Starred Review. Realistically weaving together video gaming and back-alley corporate intrigue, Duane (A Wizard of Mars) takes readers to the near future, where new technologies like RealFeel allow players to smell, touch, and taste their game worlds. Today's gamers will fantasize about playing Omnitopia, an all-immersive 3D massive multiplayer online game with 200 million players which spans thousands of Microcosms: first-person shooters, cooking competitions, historical recreations, and more. But behind the curtain are two rival companies with some slight resemblances to Apple and Microsoft: one headed by laid-back, jeans-wearing Dev Logan and the other by his former friend and partner, corporate maven Phil Sorensen, who plots to topple Dev's Omnitopia empire by any means necessary. Neatly set up for a sequel, this outstanding speculative novel is action-packed and fast-moving, and Duane's lavish, expansive world building already seems eerily prescient. (Aug.) (c)
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Dev Logan is the eighth-richest man in the world, thanks to his invention of a massive multiplayer online game known as Omnitopia, in which players can venture into all sorts of vibrant, creative worlds and even have a shot at designing their own. The thousands of people Dev’s company employs are working toward a big goal: releasing an expansion to the game. With the expansion rollout just days away, Dev is worried about possible vulnerabilities in the system. His concerns are not unfounded: a skilled group of hackers is plotting an attack at the time the game’s servers will be most vulnerable, and Dev’s former business partner and friend is preparing a financial takedown of Dev’s company. Readers who have never ventured into the intricate world of online gaming will have a hard time seeing what all the fuss is about, but the many who have played World of Warcraft or its ilk will appreciate Duane’s rich description of Omnitopia’s many universes and enjoy the intrigue and drama surrounding the release of the expansion. --Kristine HuntleySee all Editorial Reviews
What a surprise this book was. I purchased it as a remnant and once I started reading it did not want to put it down. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Barbarajeanmaria
This is a great book to read if you are into the computer game WOW. The detail and description of how the writer describes being in the game and then being in real life was just... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bonnie
Diane Duane’s Omnitopia Dawn is the first book in the Omnitopia series. It starts out slowly. I tend to take notes while I read, and my notes this time read, “don’t read while... Read morePublished 12 months ago by H. Grove (errantdreams)
Diane Duane can pull you into a story with the first page. Every time. Her writing is crisp, her characters are real, and her pacing is superb. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Imagine A Book SF
Omnitopia Dawn introduces the online roleplaying game of Omnitopia, and the varied characters that support, and attack, the company that runs it. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by C. Entwistle
Years ago I stumbled across So You Want to be a Wizard - and I was hooked. I have enjoyed Ms. Duane's work immensely (but must confess that I haven't read her Star Trek books). Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by B. Crane
Written a year ago for my blog:
I've been a fan of Diane Duane for years. I started reading her Star Trek novels 25 years ago, when I was a teenager, and her Young... Read more
Excellent new science fiction novel by one of my favorite authors. I didn't even know she had a new book out until I happened to see it in the store! Read morePublished on May 30, 2012 by Blue Meeple
I found this in the library, and had to purchase our own copy. Fun and relatively believable extrapolation of Massively Parallel Online Role Playing Gaming. Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by WW