Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life.
Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn't expect. In this game, he isn't the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish.
In fact, he might just be the villain.
©2016 Travis Bagwell (P)2016 Travis Bagwell
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I am very much the target audience for this book. I've been a gamer since, well, the origins of modern computers. This is, in a lot of ways, wish fulfillment of the highest order for nerds and geeks (I say that as one of them). The concept was a fresh take on a budding sub-genre and, imo, the best one thus far.
There were some hamfisted aspects to it, a few areas where things were just... too on the nose. But there were also many aspects that were extremely satisfying and well executed.
Some might find Jason's path through the book/game... less than optimal. However, Bagwell does a good job at showing the transparencies of one side vs the other. Nothing is quite as it seems.
The added science fiction of the computer story line was rather well done and I was caught off guard for some of the revelations. Well done.
All in all, if you are gamer then this listen is a no brainer. If you're not, but still have an affinity for Sci-fi etc, this will probably fit the bill, but it would have anywhere near the impact.
Worth a credit and your time.
"Very engaging, and the narrator works hard to make a splendid performance."
Very good! I couldn't stop listening. The narrator surprised me when he used sound effects to add to his performance so it took me a while to get used to it. Once I got into the swing of things though, I really enjoyed what he was doing. Add to that the fact that the story is engrossing and addictive, and it led to a very late night of giddy childish squeals of delight. If you are looking for that nich of video game books, then this scratches that itch in a powerful way.
"Very well executed - top-rank LitRPG"
Enjoyable start that didn't squander its potential. Ingredients not too different from other Lit RPGs but well seasoned and delicious. Shows great promise for future books.
Out of four different Lit RPG series I've experienced, only Shaman Mayon can compete with this strong storytelling.
Room for improvement:
No high schooler learns emotional maturity and communication skills that quickly, and especially without making painfully embarrassing mistakes first. This is still quite minor. It felt artificially convenient, but the story invested enough points in vitality to survive the injury.
For the narrator, great job and enjoyed sound effects. Stuttering was a bit over-the-top and please opt for the other pronunciation of trebuchet.
This was the best novel i have read in years. I loved it. I found the story interesting and refreshing.
"Best Book I've Listened to in a Long Time"
This is the best book that I've listened to in a long time. The characters are (mostly) complex and relatable. There is a balance between a fantasy/RPG and "real world" sci-fi plot. I am excited to see where the next book goes!
This book was super amazing and awesome. Everyone should read it then listen to it.
it was absolutely amazing the next book needs to come out now! the story was amazing even though i was skeptical at first and the narrator didnt care for him at first but i think he might be one of my favorites now, the slight use of sound effects was a nice touch on his part and he does a great job with character voices. anyone on the fence whether or not to get this, GET IT! you will not be sorry.
One of my new favorites! I couldn't stop listening! If you liked the play to live series and ready player one then this book is for you! My only complaint about this series is that the next book is not available yet!!!
"awesome, can't wait for book 2"
hopefully this author gets popular quick and candy finish book 2 asap. can't wait to see what's next.
"Great Story Telling"
With out saying to much, the character development is excellent in this book. I love this VR lit books.
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