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- ASIN : B0040GJICG
- Publisher : DeadPixel Publications (December 28, 2013)
- Publication date : December 28, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 396 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 266 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,559,283 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My son is doing a paper on tourism, and in it he mentions the possibility of replacing our corporeal experiences with virtual reality ones. In the life of Socket Greeny and his friends technology has gotten to a point where this is possible. Teaching is done this way. Although the students come to a physical school and sit in classrooms with a teacher present, most of the teaching is done in VR rooms. Gaming takes on new meaning when you get to integrate yourself so fully into the experience.
But when Socket Greeny is taken from his friends he discovers that such immersion brings its own hazards, and that he is one of the tools needed to fight the dangers of the virtual world. The world he enters is brutal. His tests are intense. I suppose people who have gone through training as CIA spies would recognize the horrible invasiveness of it all. Yet Socket endures.
Much of that endurance is due to his friend Spindle. Spindle is always there for Socket. His patience and kindness is limitless. One might almost be tempted to think that he was programmed to be that way. And perhaps he was. But then again maybe not.
I am thrilled not to be Socket Greeny, but I am thankful for having met him and his unusual world. Definitely recommended.
Socket Greeny, sixteen, is pretty much left to his own devices. having lost his father when he was five and with a mother who rarely comes home, Socket occupies his time with school and visiting virtual worlds with friends Streeter and Chute. things change when he suddenly begins hearing people's thoughts and feeling everything around him even when in virtual mode. then his mother shows up at school and takes him with her to work. what he discovers and learns will drastically transform his world - both virtual and real.
i am not into video games and i cannot raise my interest further other than my admiration for the technology and science behind them. when i started reading this book, i found myself in that frame of mind. i thought i was going to be bored because i was struggling a bit with the first few chapters but like Socket, i discovered something that made me hold on. by the third chapter i was on a roll.
i think my being a very visual person helped a lot. my mind was filled with all sorts of images thanks to author Toni Bertauski's interesting word- and worldbuilding. my imagination just took off!
Socket's story is not just about self-discovery. it also talks about friendship, teenage angst, loyalty, responsibility and heroism.
The Discovery of Socket Greeny is the first part in the Socket Greeny Saga. the second one is The Training of Socket Greeny and the third installment is The Legend of Socket Greeny.
i still do not see myself getting into video games and traipsing virtual worlds anytime soon but i am positive about looking forward to reading the remaining two books in the series.
I am not a young adult, but all us older folks have young adults in us and I love one written well, but we also have a larger background and hope for something more original.
I had a hard struggle deciding how to review this. If I was to give it a straight up review it would be two stars from my disappointment in it not being more original.
If I was 15 it would have been four of five stars, so the three stars was a compromise.
Having the first in a series free to sample on kindle is nice so you know before you pay for the rest of the series, so that makes the slightly better rating worthwhile.
Plus, come on, virtualmode, grimmets, cell phone implants, futuristic sports and a showdown that doesn't just blur the line between reality and virtuality but obliterates it? What's not to love?
What I liked best about the book, though, is its understanding of the essential human condition. Everyone is damaged, everyone compensates or copes as best they can, and everyone is deserving of compassion, even the bad guys.
More! Book 2 can't arrive soon enough!
Top reviews from other countries
I'm a young adult (over 60) and perhaps that is the target audience :-)
because I kept turning the pages.
This is a clever idea: it is part of a whole series. I want to know the next episode.
The characters are real people and well drawn.
If you want to get addicted try this first one.