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Cheatcode is a great read for lovers of cyberpunk and MMO's. It's well written and well paced. It will draw you in from the beginning.
Although it's a stand alone novel, it will leave you ready to read more from the very same Mikey Campling Universe. Enjoy!
Although most of the book takes place inside the game, the story is about the people involved more than the setting. Hank’s relationship with his father is the core of the story, even as he retreats to his room to play his game alone. There are more than a couple unexpected developments in this story.
I loved this book and I hope the ending means that Hank may be back in another book soon. Definitely recommended!
The book is well-written and it had me captivated until the end. I wanted to find out what happened, and I loved some of the writing devices and descriptive portions used to fill in the spaces between action.
That said, here are a few things that are bugging me about the book:
The rules of the "game" are not well-defined from the start, so as the story progresses the main character's exploits and touted problem-solving skills feel more like the author cheating and introducing new mechanics simply to help the protagonist.
I was really looking forward to seeing the Father and Son reunited, and I anticipated a drawn-out, comedic scene where both are shocked to find the other and are even more shocked to find out what they have been up to. The time comes, and... the reunion falls flat. It's way too short, and they both seem to act out of character for it. They have a touching moment according to the author, but I couldn't see it personally.
Lastly... the "final confrontation" with Will (the antagonist) consists of them insulting him and then running away. He doesn't even try to stop them. When the "good guys" try to find him and stop him later, it is revealed that he could escape all along, and he is long gone. This begs the question: why in the world didn't Will (or whatever his other form's name was) just steal the key himself? He was locked up (but with the ability to escape at any time) only a short distance from the room where it was held.
The action is truly nonstop and interesting. There is some violence, but no sex scenes or innuendos, which is surprising today. I really like the way this guy writes. The book was free at the time I got it and I will be reading more of this author in the future, free or not! Pet Peeve: why do people have to curse using someone's deity? I often wonder if they intentionally mean to ostracize a certain group of people who could possibly be stable customers? Mabe they don't think at all.
This author attaches the reader firmly to Hank, the young gamer who gets dragged through astounding experiences with upgrades by both his own and a "frenemy's" manipulations. Not being a gamer but definitely interested in a computer's workings, I found this book to be mesmerizing. Hank's home life sent him searching for some respite and control--but he got far more action and distraction than he wanted. And he learned far more than he expected. The surprises at the end left me smiling, eager to read the next book(s).
This was as addictive as any computer game and I totally ignored all chores slated for today until i had reached the final page.
Action packed, fast-paced enthralling storyline, but it was the characters' journey that was so good to read.
This author is quite ingenious at world creation, developing an absorbing fast-paced story, but it's the vivid characters' presence that really shines through.
I'm off to read his other series, The Darkeningstone now. Maybe I better finish (er, start) my chores first, won't be able to lift my nose out of the books.
*purchased from Amazon Au*
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