- File Size: 2765 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: #2,021 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+
While I love the premise that this takes place on another world and earth is the VR game world, the thing that bothers me the most is the lack of accounting for the "time dilation effect". Early on they establish that a year in the game is about a day in the "real world". They then do a good job of accounting for that at a macro level. However, it is never accounted for at a micro level. What I mean by that is that if a day in Real World (RW) is one year (VR), that means that 365 VR Days = 1 RW Day. This means that 1 hour RW = 15 Days VR or about 360 hours. That means that 1 hour in VR world occurs in about 10 seconds. Since they establish repeatedly that you can't record (as far as the public knows) you can't actually watch anything as it's happening to fast. Events like the wedding would have started, finished and been over with much faster than is portrayed in the real world.
If I ignore this major complication I can enjoy the book, but it kept grating on my nerves.