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Jaron Lee Knuth (Born 1978) is an American fiction author, comic book creator, electronic musician, and media analyst from western Wisconsin.
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Product Details

  • Series: The NextWorld Series
  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466416483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466416482
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,693,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a hopeful, yet ambiguous, vision embedded within a dystopian conception of the future, with some cautionary-tale leavening for good measure. It qualifies as SF, but it's refreshingly un-cliched; indeed, it focuses where good fiction always should: on the human heart.

Mr. Knuth bills "Level Zero" as for young adults, but this old codger enjoyed it immensely. It asks questions about the nature of reality, and about how much of our "classical" reality we'd be willing to give up for a simulation that pleases us better. It also asks whether we're ready for the long foretold (but painfully slow in actually arriving) emergence of artificial intelligences that possess the gamut of human capacities -- including our ability to love.

The aspects of "Level Zero" that do aim at a YA audience would be:
-- The use of a digital game as a simulated universe and field of action;
-- The selection of teenagers as the principal characters;
...yet in neither case does that make the story unpalatable to an older reader.

The plot is fresh and ingenious, without demanding excessive suspension-of-disbelief. The characterizations struck me as spot-on. The metamorphosis of Arkade from a borderline-sociopath antisocial to someone capable of loving was handled exceptionally well. The overall theme -- that anything with human-scale intelligence will ultimately demand to be valued as such, and to be free -- is as important as anything SF is being written about today.

If only all young-adult fiction were this well executed, and aimed this worthily. Highly recommended!
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Other reviewers have stated it already: good story, good character development and less about gaming and more about people in a distopian future. The fact that death is an actual real risk, certainly adds more tension then in some other books set in a game that I have read. You certainly don't have to be a game enthiasiast to like the book. The game is simple and the book pays little attention to its mechanics beyond that you level and buy better equipment to become more powerful. Good ending, no cliffhangers.
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Mr. Knuth's latest offering 'Level Zero' is a tight, well-written novel, which could be described as a coming of age story retold for the era of technology. As I am someone who grew up as video games and related technologies have become more 'real' and much more time consuming, I could instantly relate to the story, background, and characters.

Within Huxley's "Brave New World" you have Soma as the drug that keeps the population compliant, within "Level Zero" the virtual 'NextWorld' would be the analogue. The main character uses the network to escape and cope with the 'real' (and bleak) world. While exploring NextWorld with the protagonist Arkade and other characters in the book, the reader begins to understand just how it would be possible to want to live in a world without the inherent problems of actual interaction in the 'real world'. As the book progresses the game world becomes an interactive and exciting backdrop for a study in how a group can interact, and how individuals can grow. A question the book poses, and does a good job discussing, is what makes a persons world real? Is it what we perceive, or what we are, or what we make of it?

The book progresses quickly, while the main characters are fleshed out nicely as they work their way through the world. Being a gamer (albeit older) myself, I could relate to detail of the gaming world, along with the imagery and descriptions used to make 'NextWorld' seem a logical step in the progression of technology.

As stated above, while this book is technically aimed at Young Adults, I had no problem enjoying and being immersed in the story. It can easily be enjoyed by any age group, as just a great SF/Fantasy story. I highly recommend this book for anyone that has played MMORPG's or anything similar, along with anyone that just likes a great, fun SF story!
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As a gamer, it feels a little strange to read a book about games. I've never played an MMO before, and I never plan to, but this book is all about the MMO (that's Massively Multiplayer Online for those not in the know).

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.
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