Shadows : The Game Is Life

  • by Terry Schott
  • Narrated by Luke Daniels
  • Series: The Game Is Life
  • 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dawn belongs to a secret group of teenagers who play a cloak and dagger game on their cell phones. Her world is turned upside down when the players' actions begin to affect reality, and not in good ways.

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The preview of the next book was better than the entirety of this one

My wife and I have greatly enjoyed the series thus far so it pains me to say this, but what the heck? The last book left off with so many interesting things going on and this one is set way before the timeframe of any of the other books, so the previous story is left hanging until the next book.

Worse, after getting to the end of this one finally, I found myself thinking "oh, ok... that's interesting I guess, but why'd we need a whole book for it?" rather than the "my mind was just blown so many times" feeling I had after the learning the truth about Tygon and who the timeless really were, etc in the previous books.

I'm sure the story in this book will be expanded on in one of the following books and it will all tie in nicely, but I didn't like the way this "interlude" was done at all unfortunately.

Of course, Luke Daniels gets his "I wish there were six stars" rating as usual!
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- Michael Moussa

Somewhat standalone but excited to see how it fits

The Publisher's summary doesn't do this justice at all. I'll give a brief explanation that will help tie it into the larger series a bit more without giving any spoilers. But, I can tell you that this book could pretty much stand on its own and still be a solid sci-fi installment.

Based on the "preview" at the end of Book 4 - "Virtual Prophet" - this was not initially planned as Book 5. I would guess that as Book 5 took form, Mr. Schott felt like adding some background. This is very similar to what he did with Interlude: Brandon. Yes, this book appears to actually be a prequel to the rest of the series, taking place even before Interlude: Brandon, given the age of a specific character I won't name.

There may have been more clues I missed, but it's difficult or maybe impossible to say *where* exactly this book takes place within the series, however. "North America" is specifically mentioned, but cities are only designated numerically. I don't think I remember in Interlude Brandon there ever being any Earthly geographic locations named in the world where young Brandon lives. Nevertheless, my feeling is that this book takes place in that world and is a buildup to the war that is brought to a standstill in part by General Donovan. I am only guessing though. Judge for yourself.

It was a little slow going at first as I tried to orientate myself, but once I just let go and stopped trying to figure out connections to the previous books, I was able to enjoy it. It's worth it. You will meet one character in particular who appears to be of some mysterious importance to the whole multiverse. You probably know who I am talking about.

In summary, if you go into this book hoping for more on True and Danielle, you are going to be disappointed. Just give it a chance and understand that while the book does indeed fit into the larger series, we probably won't learn until the next book exactly how everything clicks. I just hope Mr. Schott and Luke Daniels can bring us the 6th edition sooner rather than later.
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- Elliot

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2017
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing