VirtNet has taken over the world. It’s a Virtual Reality forum where you can play games, hang out with friends, and basically live another life. Michael spends most of his time online with his two Virt-friends Sarah and Bryson. When a cyber terrorist named Kaine starts killing people in real life, the government comes to Michael and his friends to hunt him down.
I am a big fan of The Maze Runner by the same author and I also really liked Ready Player One which has a similar premise, so I thought I’d like this series, but I didn’t end up thinking it was that great. I didn’t like the characters very much or the plot. I liked “Ready Player One” because it felt like I was playing the game while I was reading, but this book didn’t feel like that and I struggled with caring about what was happening to the characters.
The characters didn’t feel developed or important. More often than not I was annoyed with them and the decisions they were making. Some of the book felt muddy and hard to understand as well. I just didn’t like it–not my thing I guess.
I do seem to be in the minority, however. The book has a lot of good reviews on Amazon, so if you do end up liking it, the second book is The Rule of Thoughts and the third book, The Game of Lives, comes out November 17th.
Overall Rating: 2
Violence: Heavy. A lot of fighting, moderate gore.
Sexual Content: Mild (maybe)
Language: Mild (if that)