New Reality: Truth

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4 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 01-13-16

What's Your New Reality Like?

A new "gaming" experience has swept the world created by Rixon, the worlds biggest company. This new game allows you to experience anything that you can dream of, literally. You plug in and all of your cares or fears wash away. Everyone has plugged into it except Jake and Tom. These two are wandering the destroyed lands after the world was left to rot when everyone plugged in. Follow these unlikely travel partners as they try to find Tom's son in this new wasteland. Along the way they face off against an unknown enemy who is trying to kill them at what seems like every step.

The narration for this was done by Matt Armstrong. Matt does a great job voicing these ageless characters. We really don't know how old Jake is, and we only really know that Tom is older than Jake. Armstrong does a fantastic job with the voice and setting the stage for how the entire book feels like these two are seconds away from dying. His voice portrays the struggle well. The quality was good and I didn't notice any production issues.

After I finished this book last night, I knew that the review was going to be hard to write. Not because the book was bad, far from it. The book was interesting and unique in many ways. But, because there is no way to write about how I really feel because it is a HUGE spoiler. I can say this, the book did NOT end the way that I expected. I was really expecting a totally different angle to be take towards the end. With that being said, I think the ending is what a lot of others were expecting. It wasn't anti-climactic my any means, I think that some readers would feel like it was a cop out.

I couldn't help but drawing a ton of similarities from Wall-E. Minus the cute robots, the characters were similar in both disconnection and girth. Even the way the the city was supposed to be left made me think of this movie. I don't think this takes away from the book a ton, but the similarities are definitely there.

The two characters were lovable and hate-able which made this book so interesting to read. Jake is so optimistic and really tries to take their grim and crappy situation with a smile if he can. Tom was almost his voice of reason, while being a pessimist. It was almost like a big brother, little brother type of friendship.

By the end of this story, all I could think was "what's going to happen?" And I'm here to tell you, even though this is supposed to be part of a series--the book has a proper ending (yay!).

Overall, this book was a weird combination of dystopian, sci-fi, and post-apocalyptic. It peaked my interest and kept it, and gave me a surprise ending, which isn't always easy to do.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gem on 12-31-15

not what you expected

Great read. Totally a twist at the end, but I did enjoy it. A great read on the spiritual strength of one person to find good in anything and everything. Go read it out listen to it!!!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-09-15

Very interesting read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really liked both the main characters - but preferred Jake over Tom. The two are stuck in a present where they are supposedly the last two who are not hooked up to some videogame - a place where all your dreams come too. Add in some creepyness that is following them and a mission to find lost loves. It makes a good story. Without spoiling too much the ending did fit but left me subtly disappointed as I just wanted more.

Have you listened to any of Matt Armstrong’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I think the narrator was excellent. He helped make it into a pleasurable listen.

Any additional comments?

I received this book from the author via audio book blast.. for an honest review.

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3 out of 5 stars
By S Atherton on 05-05-16

I wanted to like it...

Any additional comments?

I wanted to like this book. The premise sounded interesting and I like the author's other work. I tried to listen to it twice and it just didn't go anywhere or do anything for me. I couldn't get into the story and it didn't make any sense.
The first time I gave up after about 30 minutes. Sometimes that happens and when I come back to it I can engage with the book. The second time I lasted for about an hour and still wasn't getting into it.
Maybe your experience will be different.

I did receive this book for free to review from the author.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca on 01-29-16

Unique

Where does New Reality: Truth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10

What other book might you compare New Reality: Truth to and why?

It is definitely sci-fi but I've never read anything like it before. It's quite interesting and slightly disconcerting.

Which character – as performed by Matt Armstrong – was your favorite?

Jake and Tom

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were laughing moments and scary moments.

Any additional comments?

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Delta Stet on 11-26-15

I really enjoyed this book

I really enjoyed this book. I'm not usually one for the post-apocalyptic thing, but the synopsis reminded me of Ready Player One, which I totally loved. The world building is really nice, although there are a few data-dump moments. However, I'm glad that the descriptions of the gross future are not glossed over.

I listened to the audio version and Matt Armstrong has a great voice for the sci-fi genre. I loved his character choices and his pacing was great.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

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