- File Size: 2763 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Publisher: Terry Schott; 3 edition (December 24, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 24, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009U5TCKU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,401 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The Game (The Game is Life Book 1) Kindle Edition
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WHAT I LIKED
* The overall concept - living multiple complete lives as an education in childhood and all the complex messes that creates.
* Attention to detail - it's obvious the author has a fully fleshed out game design for "The Game" in his mind. This adds depth to the story.
* The excerpts from fake media - they read so much like what I would expect media coverage to be, it was a little eerie
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE
* Reads like an encyclopedia of how "The Game" works. Even in dialogue, characters provide mostly info dumps.
* Redundant. Characters repeat information the reader already knows over and over again.
The things I didn't like reduced the overall quality for me to "it's an ok read, you can probably find better out there". That said, I am reading the second one to find out what happened next. It has the same problems as this one, and I don't expect I'll continue after book 2.
Why the hesitation or delay in reading "The Game"? To be honest, it boiled down to, while I enjoy the genre, I just couldn't bring myself to get too excited about a series where "earth" was the VR. My attitude was admittedly simplistic. ...why read about earth as a possible VR, when I can just walk out more door and experience it. ...for those that have read the series, you may understand the irony behind such a statement.
Overall, I felt that it had a slower start than I would have liked to see, but Terry Schott proved me wrong in many ways. The story was quite interesting, and created an enjoyable read. Quite a few moral and ethical debates to be had, but I believe these would stilt the story if I dove into them here in a review. I would encourage folks to try out the series.
I must say that I found myself chuckling throughout the book, as I wondered how large of a cult following Terry Schott my create with such a story line. Time will tell. :-)
Writing Style: B+
Story: B (Again, thought it started a bit slow or would provide a better rating here)
Character Development: B+
If you like a book you can figure out as you read it then you probably won't enjoy this book. Without giving anything away I will just say there are layers upon layers upon layers in the plot. Just when i thought I knew what was going on, something new was revealed. I had to stop reading a few times to organize my thoughts of the different layers. I love a good book with plot twists but hate the ones that I have to stop my reading to think about. But not the Game is Life. I know this may not make sense but it will if you chose to read the book. I read the first book in less than a day and the second in about 12 hours!
As a side note: This is NOT a religious book but does make you think about the existence of a higher being and who/what it could be. There is no preaching and no scripture so please do not let this put you off if you are not into that. If you like to ponder the purpose of life then this is a great read for you.
Book reviews are tough for me. I have a hard time saying what I want without spoilers. If this review helps you please click the like button. I get nothing for the thumbs up except a good feeling I helped someone. However, if you decide this review does not help you, please leave me comment as you why you do not like it so I can improve my reviews.
Now, getting to the actual book, I enjoyed it. It was a free selection over the winter and I am just now getting around to reading it. I've read Head Crash and Ready Player One in the past and felt that this would be similar. It took me a few chapters to get hooked but after that I was engrossed. The characters were fantastic and the story line kept twisting. By the end, I couldn't wait to see how it all turned out. And then it ended. Really? That's the end? You son of...
Sorry. Lost it again for a moment. It's just that there were so many questions left. This "free" book is now going to cost the price of all the sequels and probably other books you write. It was entertaining, I really cared about the characters and was completely lost in both worlds. I'm hooked.
I'm not a grammar Nazi by any means, but you could use a proof reader. There are errors in there that can only be caught be a skilled human. It was a little distracting but I can be a nit-picker at times.
So, I'm off to buy the sequels and see where this goes. The best part about being overloaded on reading material is that I can get Part Two right now. I'm excited to see what happens next. And don't let my server spike reviews on Amazon worry you at all. It was going to be a "gift" for George R. R. Martin.
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