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The Feedback Loop: (Book One) (Sci-Fi LitRPG Series) Kindle Edition
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The Loop is a virtual entertainment dreamworld of infinite violence and Quantum was the top hunter on the day it began to repeat. Because of that everyone in the game is out to get him now so when he receives a message from someone calling herself Frances Euphoria he's convinced it's just a group of randomly generated NPCs out to get him. She turns out to be real after all, but her arrival heralds a disturbing shift in the game. Suddenly the game isn't the only place he's likely to die.
It's a mad, insane story and one that is impossible to set aside. Though not nearly as violent or off the wall as "Live is a Beautiful Thing" the writing style is unmistakably Cooper. With sharp writing and an edgy, fast paced plot, it's easy to get lost in the game yourself. The extensive and graphic world building with The Loop should especially impress gamers for the authentic feel it gives. I also appreciate that it ends strong and stands on its own just fine, but still paves the way for the sequel. I was sent an ARC in exchange for a fair, honest review, and am looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel.
Note: I received an advance reader copy from the author in exchange for a review.
The concept for the storyline is farfetched, but the play inside the game is believable. The setting is similar to that of Sin City (Fred Miller comic series), and has the slang lingo from the 50's and 60's ratcheted up to a high degree. Characters are rather one-dimensional at the beginning, but continue to expose their more complicated layers as the story moves along at a repetitive but steady pace.
A nice walk through gritty virtual reality, with enough descriptive detail to keep it very entertaining. Kept my interest steadily increasing until the conclusion, with an unexpected conclusion. Toss in a few adult themes and you have Cooper at his best here, leading you into his next series (Life is a Beautiful Thing) without you even knowing it.
Hughes ("call me Quantum") has to find the logout point before real-world (and in-game) mercenaries find where he is being cared for (or capture him) and kill (or enslave) him.
For me, the high point, which drew a belly laugh, is when Quantum hires six non-player characters to help him, and the leader suddenly launches into Henry V's St. Crispin's Day speech from Shakespeare. The NPC even waits for Quantum to deliver the appropriate line in response.
Loop's plot leads into Book 2, "Steampunk is Dead," which I will definitely read.
This Kindle e-book was approximately 190 printed pages and sold for $0.99 at time of writing this review.
Please Note: I was provided with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
General Theme (minor spoilers)
Quantum Hughes is a video gamer... a good one. And the one he's been playing lately, Cyber Noir, has just about everything he could ask of a game. A decent plot, many NPCs to interact with, some cyber-sex, a variety of weapons, and killing... lots and lots of killing. By all standards, Quantum's definition of THE perfect game.
The problem is, that somehow he's gotten trapped inside the game and can't get out. He's been stuck in an endless loop of the same repetitious scenarios for years... all the while looking for his savior, that elusive 'log-out' button. And then one day, something different occurs...
Some thoughts on "The Feedback Loop"...
1.) well written and edited... there was the occasion typo, but then this was an ARC.
2.) a different yet intriguing, over the top plot.
3.) lot and lot of action... gruesome and gory in its description, and coming at you with a seemingly endless and fresh ways to die... but somehow perfectly balanced and in keeping with the crux of the story being told.
4.a) our hero, Quantum Hughes... really a great character that has many personality quirks and unusual traits. I guess living inside a video game might do that to you.
4.b) in addition to Quantum, there are a few other characters that play various parts in his trapped existence.
5.) cover art...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyable read. If you are a gamer you will enjoy this world and many genre you know so wellPublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book. It combines just enough humor, sentiment and Sci-fi. I was very entertained by the style of writing and all the twists and turns the plot took. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Alan
this was a good story. groundhog day in a game where the goal is to kill as many people as possible. and then what do u do when it starts to change. there were some grisly times. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Tendo Kayiira
I found it to be a very good, entertaining book. I am really looking forward to Book Two. It has been a nice break from all the Philip K Dick I have been reading over the last... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Mark L
This guy can write! Great story, you'll get suckered in to the whole series! There's as much fun in the language as there is in the storyline, and it's a pleasure to be dropped... Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. M. Halstead
Wasn't sure about this book when I got it but it's great! Perfect description of gaming...feels like you are the one playing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Chock-full of cool gadgetry, replete with blood, gore, and fight sequences, this book is just plain old escapist reading. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lisa McCourt Hollar
I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Another 4 1/2 stars!! Read more
By the end of the book all I wanted to do was slap Quantum in the back of the head.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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