- File Size: 2211 KB
- Print Length: 273 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 5, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BZW7W7R
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Legacy (Reality Gate Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The beginning is setup as a dystopian earth where people are divided into two groups, one with all the resources and tech (Digits), and the other who live in the wild and do what they can to survive. Aiden, the main character (MC), breaks into the Digits area and steals tech he plans to sell to get medicine for his grandma. The first time the MC logs into the ‘game’ he just does some light exploring and fights. It’s confusing.
About the 20% mark, the story shifts to one about an evil corporation that is trying to take over the galaxy. The MC discovers the tech he stole, conveniently, allows him to log into a remote exploration system that’s setup like a game. This system sends advanced 3D printers out beyond our solar system then transmits the minds of players to control a robot like machine that is to be used to catalog new resources, alien tech, new biology, and anything else the corporation can use to further it’s agenda.
Then about the 40% mark, the story shifts again, to a science fiction fantasy thing, where the MC, in this robotic avatar, is trying to help this medieval society free themselves from the rule of the evil king and his sorcerers. The sorcerer's just happen to be other players using their own robotic avatars.
The game mechanics in the story are also another thing that’s a bit confusing. I don’t mind the mechanics, but it feels out of place for this sci-fi fantasy story setup. The RPG mechanics in the story: These 3D printer robots are sent to an unexplored world. They start out as these level 1 robots that are only 4 inches tall. As they scan new plant and animal life, accomplish research, defeat aggressive species, or learn about alien tech or societies, they get XP. This XP is converted to credits that can be used to print out anything back on earth or where the 3D printer robot is. As the machine gets more XP it’s abilities expand. It levels up and can grow to the size of a normal human. It can get even larger and can make more complex things later. Additionally, as the avatar explores it unlocks special abilities like Environmental Skill, Communication skill, or Alien Customs skill which can be improved (level 1 to level 2, etc) and confer bonuses.
As a concept, I’d say this story is neat. Using 3D printers to build remote controlled robots that people can use like full immersion game. Neat. That these robots can be used to explore the universe? Also neat. But when the story shifts to a fantasy concept it loses me. I mean, why can’t this super powerful and advanced corporation just take over this whole planet if it has the tech to make anything it wants with these 3D printer robots? Why would they need to have their players use swords or transform into dragons?
I liked a small section of this story a lot. From 19-33% it’s a really neat sci-fi litRPG where game mechanics are used to incentivise exploration. But the rest of the novel either doesn’t make sense according the tech given or is just confusing in other ways. It’s decent action adventure, but I think the story missed a great opportunity to be really good.
Score: 6 out of 10
Most of the people seem to be prisoners of an evil corporation back on earth and forced to play the "game".
The goal seems to be to take over other civilizations in the name of the company.
My question is, Why? It's not like you get anything out of it. Distance is to far to be mining these places for resources.
This book could also use editing.
You have one part where people run across a downed tree to cross s river, next thing you know they are on horse back.
I can't recommend this book as is. Maybe with a rewrite and some better editing.
What makes the MC so annoying is that he continually ignores advice, and rushes headlong into obvious danger when a more moderate pace would be better. Obviously some of this is plot device, to move the story along. I suspect its also to allow room for the character to grow as the story develops. Still, it makes the MC seem like an idiot, and makes him rather unlikable. As the story bogs down with constant references to RP and PO, it adds an additional level of difficulty to sustaining interest. The story also has issues. Even still its not horrible.