Level Zero (The NextWorld Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 288 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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I loved the world created within this virtual reality, and as a gamer, I loved the plot.
I may have felt that the story took some easy ways out here or there, but that does not change the fact that it was a very interesting story, and it kept me engaged the whole time.
If you're into gaming, virtual reality, or like similar books, you will like Level Zero.
I look forward to reading some of the authors other books as well.
Level Zero was a good, solid story. The characters were interesting, and the society was intriguing. I would have liked to know more about the world's society and how it got to where it was. What exactly led up to the apparent single, world government? Why were North Americans discriminated against? The no teeth thing...what's up with that? Did they just evolve to not need teeth because of the paste they eat, or do they have them removed? I really want to know this. I know, it's not important to the story and doesn't really matter, but dang it, I just want to know! Oh, and Fantom's "slang" drove me like crazy or whatever, yo. Seriously. There has to be more than just three slang words. I wanted to shake her. Also, the ending left me a bit unfulfilled. I don't know, I just think it could have ended better. It didn't really seem like Kade learned as much as he could have learned. Still, great story.
It takes place in a future society were humans have overpopulated the planet. With so many people and so little space, the digital world is the only place where people can socialize, work, live, and do just about everything. Through the use of a technological marvel called the e-womb, citizens of the world can log into various digital worlds.
The protagonist is a boy named Kade who lives somewhere in Old Russia. His callsign is called Arkade, a cowboy avatar whose a wiz at the number one PvP game, DangerWar. He's so good that the creators of the game invite him to test their new beta version of DangerWar 2, where team-based dynamics are essential to leveling up. Arkade's a loner. He doesn't like working with other players, let alone depending on them. But when he and those around him are unable to log out of the game, their bodies slowly dying in the real world, he must overcome that trait and learn to trust...his life depends on it.
It's not the most original concept, but the idea brings up insightful social issues we face today. Arkade is the quintessential citizen of the world, one so caught up in his own world that he's forgotten how to interact with other humans. We're not that far off from living in a completely digital world, where we spend more time with pixilated avatars than real people. When it comes to depending on strangers for his life, Arkade faces his greatest dilemma. How easy is it to trust people, even those who depend on you depending on them? It's a moral struggle that hits all too close to home.
The action sequences were okay, and I liked the idea of cowboys, ninjas, monks, and a wooden boy (with one hell of a machine gun) mowing down hundreds of randomly generated bad guys. The game world was fun, could have been more imaginative, but as this is the first book in the story I'm sure that we'll get to see more of it. This is the kind of story kindle-readers will enjoy: simple, fast-paced, and full of action.