- File Size: 3123 KB
- Print Length: 392 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Spotted Horse Productions (June 30, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 30, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GQSMZW0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Flawed (Gamer Girls Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Love it! Completely hooked me and I couldn’t put it down! Not being much of a gamer myself it was interesting to read more about the culture of gamers and differences between the types of games. As well as some of the difficulties of being a female gamer. Dez and Chance make for a great read as do all the secondary characters!
Generally, i really liked the book with the fast paced storyline and really good written charakters.
There are a lot of triggers in this book - rape, torture, abuse, alcohol/drug/sex addiction, even cheating (though it can be argued that technically it was not cheating as the other party was aware of it and claimed to be fine), so one could expect a very dark and depressing story. However, it was raw, emotional and real but also hopeful.
What I liked in Ms. Hadley's other books, and it was also noticeable here, is a very detailed world building. Every person you meet has its purpose and becomes your family. This is not just a story about Dez and Chance but also about Braden, Amy, Jason and others. Each of them is flawed but beautiful. Nobody is perfect and that is the point!
What happens to Dez as a teenager is something that terrifies me. I, myself, was a bit player in the industry (just a tester), but the death threats against female devs are real, the rape threats against devs and players are real. I've had them leveled against me while playing games considered to be male-centric. Cox and Hadley took these very real, very sensitive issues and wrote a story that lets us grieve for the pain caused as well as celebrate the victories of those women involved. The way they portrayed the support and following lack by the community at large, as well as media, for Dez and the group was spot-on.
Not only does this novel spotlight the perils of being a female game developer, but it also allows us to celebrate the female developers. The women who code, who put their lives on hold for the game. It shows us that women have a place in this industry, too. The book impressed me with this so much, I referred it to many of my former coworkers, male and female, some in the industry, some not.
Perhaps the most impressive thing, to me, about this book was the clear and honest reactions of Dez to people. So very many writers gloss over how a person who was raped will react to sex or a person who was tortured will react to touch. I feel like Cox and Hadley really took the time to delve into the psyche of somebody who was brutalized in more ways than one and find out how that person would react. What would it take for that person to fall in love? What kind of person would it take to fall in love with that person? I cried and laughed with the characters as Dez and Chance BOTH grew into the couple they could be. As the whole team grew to be stronger together, becoming the base that Dez needed to face the industry again.
I remember when D&D was released and all my buddies at school were playing. 7th grade. The guys didn't invite me even though we all discussed LOTR, Pern, Arthur C Clarke, etc. It was boys only. Move up to the late 80's when I made friends who had access to dedicated servers and ran their own BBS. I was one of three women who played there, out of about 70-80 total people. From there, it went to Compuserve, Prodigy, AOL and then it went BOOM out to the World Wide Web and the baby Internet!
This book brought back so many memories, good and bad. The romance was just as good as the mystery and oh, how the characters were real people!
I would recommend this book to any of my gamer girl friends who read romance and quite a few of my romance reading friends. Enough is explained about the gaming world that you don't have to know it to understand it in the book.
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