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.
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Great new Series
Travis Bagwell started off his writing career with a book that sucks you in and will not let go. I bought the first volume because I simply could not fine anything to look interesting. I am a fan of SAO saw the book, had a credit and thought "Let's give it a whorl!" 4 days latter I'm googling the AO3! I have not done that since John Ringo's Black Tide series (Please don't be like Ringo - 4 books in a series then walk away!).
I recommend this series to an SF and Fantasy fan. I've even gone so far as to down load it on my teenage son's phone.
Travis writes very well. He does great character studies and puts meat on his charter personalities. You end up quickly caring about his characters. You can feel their pain and conflict. He does a great job of describing the stage of the story. You can imagine yourself in the grave yard.
I almost gave up on book 1 because of David. He was very monotone in the beginning of the book. The plot held me to the book, and I'm glad I stuck with it. A hour into the story and Dave loosened up and his voice began pouring life into the characters. Once he got rolling, I could not take the ear buds out!
There are parts of this book that are very intense. Travis does a great job ripping your heart out, then jamming it back in. Once Dave starting putting more emotional inflections in his voice, the pain, sorrow, joy and sense of accomplishment flowed out of the story.
This is a great story about the definition of Good and Evil. Everything we see and hear are not black and white. We do not live in a binary world. What will a good person do to protect what is important to him? If one who is perceived a righteous and says you are evil, don't the rest of us have an obligation to look a little deeper at the righteous and evil?