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Summary

Commit an online crime, go to an online jail. In this MMORPG penal colony, inmates PVP to gain EXP, loot, and most of all...survive. 

Seph has been sentenced to play in one of these virtual correctional facilities. Sounds fun right? Maybe for some, but there is no worse punishment for Seph, mostly because he isn't a gamer. Will he be able to complete his sentence with all the trials and objectives thrown at him? Trapped in a virtual world he cannot escape, Seph now has to step outside of his comfort zone and align himself with the very thing he's been rebelling against his whole life - the system.

Sick of the same old LITRPG tropes? Try something different with this character-driven story.

This book has:

  • Stats
  • Character creation
  • Leveling up
  • A companion character
  • Loot
  • PVP
  • Boss fights
  • Learning through failure
  • An out-of-game backstory
  • No overpowered main characters
  • No harems

Game designer and avid gamer, P.A. Wikoff, wrote this story as a love letter to a lifetime of gaming.

©2019 P.A. Wikoff (P)2020 Crystal Wikoff

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great book

loved the story and the narration was great. i would highly recommend giving this book a go.

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Starts slow, but worth sticking with it

This book was an odd mix for me, the ingame part of the book engaged me with the characters and storyline both providing an entertaining introduction to the series, but the author simply took far too long to reach that point, taking 2-3 hours of the book's total runtime and not doing anywhere near enough to make me interested in the main character's life prior to their time in the game. The performance of the narrator was also a little mixed for me, their range and tone worked well for the supporting cast, but didn't quite work for me with the main character as the voice didn't seem like it matched the main character and reduced my immersion in the book. Overall, a promising start to the series and an enjoyable story once it finally gets going. [Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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A classic litrpg with a twist

I recieved a review copy of this book. Unlike alot of litrpg books, this one managed to create a 'real world' that was both fascinating and fun. The game elements themselves area solid and interesting, but personally I will continue with the rest of the series mostly to see what becomes of the main character in the real world.

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  • 07-03-20

Wow

I loved it. The only issue I had was the narrator was a female in the main character was male.

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  • Josh Noneya
  • 16-03-20

Leadite forced into a game!

Solid story and narration! Our MC is an angsty teenager rebelling against a digital society. People rarely leave the confines of VR, and he avoids it in rebellion. Until he crosses a line and is sentenced to prison where he will be forced into VR for the duration! Skipping the tutorial he realizes that he has no idea what is going on. Will our angsty MC be able to rally? Will he learn to enjoy a Gameworld? Crystal Wikoff does a good job with narration. While I struggles with the early portion of this book, the MC does eventually get his act together and things get quite interesting. The series shows potential - I'm interested to find out what happens in the next book.

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  • Anita Ewing
  • 27-03-20

A cute, fun book

A great book for just relaxing to. A good story with narration to match. I received this audio book free and voluntarily reviewed.

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  • Asher
  • 24-03-20

Really Enjoyed It

Lots of cool gamer culture refrences, and an interesting character system. I'm looking forward to the next book.

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  • Jeff
  • 23-03-20

Well done YA litrpg

I'd say this book is a good target for younger readers into litrpg. The narrator was great, but as other have noted, a female narrating a male mc. Personality, I think the story actually works better as a female MC, which is what I imagined, so I thought Crystal was perfect.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-03-20

Moogie

The author provides a bleak view of the futuristic world devoid of human interaction. I found the narrators voice to be pleasant and despite being a book about a male MC being read to me by a female narrator the vocal ranges and personality injected into the characters allowed me full immersion into the story. The MC made me cringe so many times making newb mistakes that only a non gamer could pull off. The side chars were believable and very realistic of the types of other gamers one would run into if stuck in the scenario. TY for the excellent brain candy during my corona imprisonment.

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  • Erik
  • 16-03-20

Fun and Engaging LitRPG

I did enjoy listening to this story; both the real-life and in-game sections were engaging. It should be mentioned that the real-life section of the story takes up the first few hours, but that isn't a complaint. I actually enjoyed the real-life section since it showed the author's vision of the future. The protagonist, Seph (short for Sephiroth), hates video games. He also routinely makes bad life choices. He seems to have a grudge against AIs and honestly, it was cathartic to watch the machines get back at him. His ability to make bad choices follows him into the game world, which I found rather amusing. The narration was well done and the narrator did a good job of voicing the various characters.

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  • Jonathan
  • 09-03-20

I'm really trying to get into it

I'm really trying to get through this. it takes almost half the book to get into the game and then the m.c. just keeps getting worse and worse. the game mechanics are ok. pretty fun but the m.c. kinda ruins it.

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  • Justin
  • 08-03-20

MC is not bright

the main character is contrary to be contrary. The author uses this to get the MC in spots of bother.

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  • Tristan Wilson
  • 24-03-20

surprisingly good

I was a bit hesitant trying a litrpg with a non gamer MC but it was interesting. Yes the MC comes off as naive to a gamer but if you never really liked games. barely played, you would make stupid mistakes at first, and you would be punished for them as the MC is at times. This isn't just a journey of characters going through an RPG world its learning how RPG worlds work on top of it.

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