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- 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
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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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.
The world went to hell so a guy decided to build a matrix to teach kids about life I guess. Kids (5-18) are placed inside the matrix for a few weeks to live out entire lifetimes. The catch? They don't know they're in the matrix when they get put into the matrix. When they come out their supposed to have life skills and whatever career skills they learned while in this matrix game. They also (hope to) earn credits during game play so that they can go back into the matrix otherwise they go to schools so terrible the author couldn't even describe them.
And light spoilers
1. The world decided it was a great idea for kids as young as 5 years old to learn about and experience sexual and emotional relationships, the hardships of being an adult, suicide, murder, mental health issues, drugs and all the rest.
2. Adults can tune into kids matrix lives. They pay to view them as if they're subscribing to a youtube channel. They also get paid days off to watch major events in these kids lives.
3. 5 year olds get 5 free game plays (which equal to about one year of play) before they have to rely on credits to get back into the game. The author makes a point of telling you that the matrix world is better than the real world which is why people over 18 can't play. Because jobs I guess. You earn credits by getting lots of subscribers and also by affecting other users in the matrix. So Jesus would earn more credits than a hermit. Unless the hermits life was crazy interesting and they got a lot of subscribers.
4. A players life cannot be DVR'ed, recorded, rewound or paused so you have to watch it "real-time".
5. Time is magical. A lifetime lasts between 6-8 weeks. A decade is approximately 10 days. You can do the math but watching anything at that speed is ludicrous. Especially if you're subscribed to multiple people and can't rewind the feed ever. To combat this they made players talk to themselves in their heads in order to be able to understand better but even that is sped up so I'm sure it's like listening to The Chimpunks at 1000x times their usual speed.
And that's just SOME of the issues with the foundation of the book itself. The writing is worse.
In the book women are just accessories and have no real personalities. The male character we follow him when he leaves the house, when he visits his parents, when he buys a car, when he goes to lunch with friends. The female character we only see through the lens of her affect on the male character. We don't really see her outside the house. We don't see her doing mundane adult chores. We don't see her at a job. How does the author get around this? He just talks about her life in passing or she's in the presence of the male character and they do things together.
Everyone talks the same way whether they are 8 or 88.
We're supposed to fall in love with the main character because he's supposed to be charismatic and humble. But he comes off as a pretentious [insert terrible name here]. It's hard to like someone who has no faults or worries in life. He's rich, handsome, he has great parents, he has a beautiful wife and does not want for anything. He feels the need to tell us this time and time again.
The author also occasionally forgets about some of his characters so they pop up once and you never hear about them again. Or they pop up once at the beginning and then don't pop up until the very end. Even then they only get a throw away line just so the author can remind the reader that "Hey, I totally remembered this character I swear."
Then there's stuff about religion but it isn't well written so it's whatever. And stuff about "angels" and "demons" but it's the matrix so...what? And it gets explained but it's dumb so it doesn't really explain much. Then there's stuff about an in game weapon that also makes no sense but you know it's cool because reasons.
I could go on and on and on about the issues I had with this book but I'll let you get on with your day and read literally anything else. How about the back of the cereal box...yea that sounds good. Do that instead.
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+
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