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Patch 17 does not stand out in the LitRPG genre. The genre is fairly new and many books are falling into the trope where the MMO locks the players in permanently and either kills them or puts the person's body into a coma. This is one such tale. It is an easy driving force for the story. Without it the story would need a compelling reason for the characters to stay in the game. Patch 17 also goes for the trope where most of the special and unique things happen to the MC.
It's not a bad book, and it is interesting, but the story really goes nowhere. The MC does have an end goal, but it's rather flimsy and vague, he'll get there eventually. But before that he has to level up. So off questing he goes.
There are a few other negatives to the book. Firstly, as you'll hear it throughout the book, the character and item stats readouts are awful and awkward. In the kindle version it's neatly laid out with a nice readable format, audible, not so much. Secondly, there are some character transitions where the jump cut is very quick and brief with hardly a pause. It can be a little confusing. Third, there are a couple NPC backstories that the MC has a vision of. They tend to be absurdly long and have little to no impact on the story going forward. Lastly, the book just ends without any kind of resolution to anything.
Despite all of this I will be getting the next book. I'm a sucker for the LitRPG genre especially when all the special events happen to the MC.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Yes, but not the audio book.
Would you be willing to try another book from G. Akella? Why or why not?
The narrator does little to differentiate between characters. Hard to tell when the perspective changes. Makes it hard to follow and keep track of the conversations.
Would you be willing to try another one of Zach Villa’s performances?
Not at this point, to many other narrators that make the stories immersive.
Any additional comments?
The flashbacks really threw me off, got completely lost during these and took away from the experience
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I have listened to over 40 audio books in the last few months. This is the first I've listened to where I was distracted by the performer to such a degree, that it took me out of the story. Over all this is a fun Litrpg tale but it may not be to everyone's taste.
I read/listen to a lot of sci fi and fantasy. I've played World of Warcraft on which this is clearly based.
Surprisingly, there are fewer women tied down and cut with knives in most of these than in this book.
Two rape/sexual assault situations within 20 minutes... I stopped listening at this point because that's really not fun.