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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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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!!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Interesting book, with a good performance from Matt Armstrong. Didn't really explain how they survived for 4 years before the story began, they did not seem to close for people surviving that long, although the ending did cover some of it and did have a twist to it.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. Full of twists and turns. Matrix like but in all the good ways and certainly not a copy. The characters are good and I love the whole premise of the world(s) in which they live.
What was one of the most memorable moments of New Reality: Truth?
I'm left with plenty of questions and answers. The book is really good and it's got me hooked so I can get my answers in the following book as well as this one. I loved the way the gamers are portrayed. No living in ease, it's s real take I what happens when you plug into something.
What does Matt Armstrong bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Brilliant pacing. It really brought the book to life. Also a good voice and good characterisation of the story. Very good.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes. I did it in 2 sittings.
Any additional comments?
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