- File Size: 543 KB
- Print Length: 53 pages
- Publisher: Pronoun (May 15, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 15, 2017
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071F8CPTQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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- #52 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories > Science Fiction
- #64 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > 90 minutes (44-64 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Maze: A Sci-fi Novella Kindle Edition
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The story mainly revolves around a young woman named Cassidy as she is being interviewed by the police. With awareness leaping being outlawed, Cassidy has come under some suspicion regarding recent events regarding her Father. The action jumps between Cassidy in the interrogation room and an unknown participant in the Maze game while they navigate its numerous rooms. With the player entering and defeating literally hundreds of rooms we learn that they are winning. As each new realm gets harder to defeat, there is one common thread… another character named “Cass”. Is this person another player, the secret to victory or part of the Maze designed to throw the competitor off?
After having previously read “The Waking of Grey Grimm” as a Beta copy of the author I am already a little familiar with the concepts depicted in the story. If you are new to this story, however, Maze lays the perfect framework to understanding not only this novella but also the larger full-length novel which is to come. Bertauski has imagined a world that is just enough sci fi to be futuristic but not so out there that the reader gets a “that can never happen” vibe about the entire thing. In fact, this isn’t the first time a work, be it a book, movie or otherwise, has depicted a world where reality and fantasy can be blurred so easily. This nuance makes Maze stand out as a story that can be read many times and still enjoyed.
I really wish I could have been interested in this story, but I just couldn’t. I felt as though I was thrown all over the place, with no solid ground. There was no attachment to characters, and each chapter went by with no lasting impression. Felt like a blur, often leaving me confused. I could only relate to some MMO references. Though, I did enjoy the authors creativity with each level. Making each one unique. The ending was also a nice twist. I do question why this is listed as a children’s eBook on Amazon though. This is not a children’s book.
Looks like this is the prequel to the book Maze: The Waking of Grey Grimm in the Dominican Rising box set. I own the set, but questioned if I’d read the book right away. I’ll probably give it a shot later on. Though, hopefully it’s less confusing!
Cassie and her dad has a plan. They are gamers for decades now. They have to win
Somehow they have to overcome the effects of the mind wipe. Cassie's dad has the idea how to do so.
The reader of course never gets told this solution. You have to deduce and figure it out.
And it is tough to do so....!
The Maze is a rather unique concept
executed in a way that does not distinguish what is real or what is play.
Brilliantly done, actually. Something that will make you think these scenarios through over and over again, haunting you with the bizarre images as your mind untangled the mystery of the maze. Weird. And very good. Enjoy.
Halfskin - Interesting short stories that should scare the people who think it's OK to insert a chip into a human for any reason. Grandma was right in her views (read the book). Mr. Bertauski is an author that ranks with the best. I'll continue to read his work.
The Making of Socket Greeny - The main characters are typical for their age group - not my favorite. The more I read, the better the prequel became; of course, when it ended, I wanted to know more about Socket and his mother. I like this author's work so well, that I'm reading another novel of his.
In the end, surprise and intrigue weave a web that keeps the reader wanting more, and this reader eager to see where the story will lead.
Disclosure: I’m not sure how I got a book that can’t be found or reviewed, but I loved it.