Thanks to the author for the review copy.
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
Genre: Science Fiction/ YA
Release date: 07 03 2017
Price*:Kindle £2.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £7.09 (GBP)
Kindle $4.03 (USD)/ Paperback $9.30 (USD)
Pages: ~ 320
My rating: 9/10
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What I learned from this book: If there will be virtual reality games where the player can transport to, I will NOT be using it for sure.
Description of the book: An act of sabotage leaves Edward’s father trapped inside a virtual reality game, Extropia. In a bid to save him, Edward follows, entering a world he knows he might never leave. A world of artificially intelligent beings, subjected to a life of misery and fear in the name of entertainment.
Now one of them has learned of the real world, and is determined to have his revenge…
How this book made me feel: When I got the request to review this novel, I didn’t think much, because it was compared with The Hunger Games or Divergent, and I loved both of the series. But if I would compare it with something, it would definitely be The Maze Runner series.
The main character in this book was Edvard, a seventeen-year-old school student. His father and brother created Extropia, an artificial reality game, where players can participate themselves. While testing the game, Edwards father and brother got stuck in the game and only Edward can save them. When he gets into the game, he sees that it is run by a dark, cruel and vicious tyrant. Edward needs to save his brother, but it is not that easy as it looks.
This novel brings an awesome clash between modern and medieval ages, bringing in very unique and interesting characters. While reading this book it feels like you are transported back in time, where sword and shield was a form of weapon, and where the characters still follow prophecies. I really enjoyed the wide variety of characters chosen for this book, and Edward was a very realistic boy, without superpowers and with the weaknesses which he was trying to overcome. That was plus and minus at the same time, he was very realistic and believable, but at the same time very dependable on other people in order to succeed. The whole novel was written from Edward’s perspective and even though I would’ve liked different perspectives, I still enjoyed the story as it was.
The plot of this novel is a combination of a lot of similar books and games, we have the games and their setting modifications to fit the book, we have references to Harry Potter and some parts taken from The Hunger Games. However, it has it’s own unique and interesting narrative filled with action, unexpected twists and turns, which kept me glued to this book.
The writing style of this book was very creative and easy to read, however, it has these names and places which were a bit difficult to pronounce for me. But still, I think it gives the charm and medieval feel to this novel. The chapters have a decent length and it did not drag to me, as there are a lot of things happening in every chapter. I really liked the ending of this novel, but I think it could’ve had more suspense to it. Nevertheless, I am waiting for the next part, because I wanna know what will happen next. So to conclude, if you like computer games and you loved The Maze Runner, you will definitely enjoy this book. It is filled with diverse and complex characters, interesting turns and unexpected twists, which makes it a great read. I do recommend this book and I hope you will enjoy as much as I did. 🙂
About the author: Robin was born in Athens, not long before the 1981 earthquake. As a boy, he lived in Chennai (India) and Hampshire (UK) before moving to Mauritius at the age of nine, the paradise island to which he still returns every year. He has since lived in New Zealand & France and is now settled in Crouch End, London, with his wife, Kate.
Like many of us, he is intrigued to see how the world will change over the coming years with the evolution of artificial intelligence and virtual reality, and as a fan of fantasy RPGs such as Skyrim and The Witcher 3, he has combined his interests to inform his story.
“Extropia,” explains Robin, “is essentially the convergence of some of my favourite stories: The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, with some of the biggest role-playing games ever created: Skyrim and The Witcher 3″. Extropia: Mind Game explores what might happen if artificial intelligence becomes so advanced that the emotions of the characters in these games become indecipherable from those of a human. Extropia: Mind Game is his debut novel. The rest of the Extropia series has already been plotted and is being written.
Website – http://www.robinbootlebooks.com / Twitter – @robinbootle
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