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Rushed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-20

I love the world in this series. The game itself, levels, factions and combat. However, this book introduces several huge things all with only 4 hours left to go. The ending is completely rushed and misses a big opportunity for more books because the author seems to have lost interest in the series.

Even better

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-20

I enjoyed this one even more than the previous books, especially the Paradise books. The formula is getting pretty stale (dangerous situation, Joe thinks of crazy idea to escape, rinse, repeat), but Skippy was great in this book and I really enjoyed the tension around the mystery system. Hope to see more about the Elders in future books.

Good but short

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-12-19

Great as always, but I was expecting it to go on for another 10 hours; it ends right in the middle of the story.

Well read, but too long

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-19

Enjoyed the narrator's voice; excellent diction (although every girl sounded the same. Only complaint is that sometimes completely different sections or chapters had absolutely no gap between them so it sounded like a single sentence, very disorienting.

The story was disjointed. It tells the story of Lawrence's life from different points in time, jumping between the different timelines. I don't feel like there was any reason for it though, and it would have worked just the same if it was told chronologically. Author seemed to have an unnecessary fixation on sex and spent an inordinate amount of time on Lawrence's teenage girlfriend. The military parts of the book were much more interesting, but on the whole it felt like lots of smaller stories put together, and could have done with being about 20 hours shorter.

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Excellent but unfinished

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-12-18

I couldn't put this down, lengthy as it was. Unfortunately the book doesn't stand on it's own, it just ends ready for part 2. The final book in the series hasn't been published yet so I can't recommend listening to the first.

Couldn't stand the narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-18

Interesting story, but the narrator ruins it. enjoyed the spider side of the story a lot more than the humans, who were forgettable. may try again in paperback but I just couldn't stand any more of Mel Hudson's accents.

Too many plot holes

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I'm listening to this book at the moment on Audible. Whilst I like the premise, I really can't get past the enormous basic plot holes which bug me every few minutes:

1. A week in real life = 10 years in game, so how do people watch it on TV?
2. People spend skill points and have 'strategies' before they go in to the game, but if they forget absolutely everything when they're born in the game, how can that mean anything other than random chance?
3. "It's currently 2012 in the game" - so 1 year ago in real life, it was the year 1492? The game has been running for 30 years. So in the game world, 15,600 years have passed?
4. Self narrating - this is a good way to solve the fact viewers wouldn't know what avatars are thinking, but this wouldn't work with the fact that humans deliberately don't say what they're thinking during conversations. Also on self narrating, why would the avatar be narrating the things you can see on the tv?

He said, she said, he said, she said.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The author really needs to either get an editor, or do some basic writing courses again. The constant use of "He said" at the end of every single sentence is enough to drive you mad 10 minutes in to the book. You eventually manage to tune out of it, but it's infuriating. Probably isn't as bad when you read it in a book, but audibly it's really noticeable.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Wil Wheaton?

Anyone who can differentiate female from male voices.

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