• Solarversia

  • The Year Long Game
  • By: Toby Downton
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-15-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Toby Downton
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (19 ratings)

Regular price: $24.95

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Publisher's Summary

It's February 29, 2020, and Nova Negrahnu cannot wait to start playing Solarversia, a year-long game based in a virtual world that's modeled on the real-world solar system. Given three lives, three vehicles, and told to master the Science of Solarversia to stand a chance of winning, players compete against 100 million people for the £10m grand prize and a place in the history books.
Solarversia starts three months before Nova's A-levels, the life-changing exams that could see her win a place at Nottingham, the university that Charlie attends, the second-year student she falls for on an open-day visit. As she strains to balance her addiction to the game with her mounting schoolwork, Nova's world is unexpectedly turned upside down when the Holy Order, a mysterious cult-like organization sets its sights on the game and Spiralwerks, its creator.
©2015 Toby Downton (P)2015 Toby Downton
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Customer Reviews

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3 out of 5 stars
By NaTasha Scolaro on 11-22-17


Struggled to finish. Could not stand the narrator and his horrible accents. Enjoyed the main character.

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5 out of 5 stars
By L. Buholtz on 03-04-16

Such an Inventive Story and Idea!

What did you love best about Solarversia?

Solarversia is one of those books that really gets the reader interested in the technology used by the characters and the world in which it is all based. The virtual reality (VR) concepts introduced here - along with the year-long game - is something that appealed to me as an engineer and as a gamer. I want this to exist now!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nova Negrahnu is my favorite character by far. I love that most of the story is told from her point of view and that we get to experience her triumphs and failures so intimately. She is a likeable character, even when she is dealing with some teenage/young-adult angst. It's fairly easy to relate to her.

Which scene was your favorite?

The Krazy Karting final is one of my favorite scenes. It is one of the places we as the reader really get to see Nova shine in the gameworld, and the scene keeps you well-immersed throughout its entirety.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There is a specific moment when Nova visits her friend Sushi that moves me. I don't want to say much more, as it would spoil one of the main subplots. I think the reader/listener will know what scene I'm referring to when it is reached. Overall, I really like the relationship between the two girls; it is one of the most organic relationships in the novel.

Any additional comments?

One thing that disappointed me while listening to Solarversia (I previously read the physical book) was some of the narration. Occasionally there aren't long enough breaks within the chapter to help the listener distinguish when a character POV change occurs (such as switching between Nova, the Holy Order, and Artie). If I hadn't read the book, I would have been a little more lost, but even so, it still took me several seconds to realize we were in a different setting. Voice changes for each character are also minor in my opinion. For the most part I could tell everyone apart, but I had moments when I didn't know who was speaking. All this detracted some from the performance aspect, but overall it is well put-together. In a perfect/ideal world, I would have liked to have two narrators: a female for Nova, Sushi, and her mother, and a male for the other characters.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Zachary on 01-19-16

Peter Kenny brings Solarversia to life

I am a huge Toby Downton and Solarversia fan. It's a fantastic story that shows a new side of virtual reality and the dire consequences a year long game can have.

I've Solarversia seve

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5 out of 5 stars
By Julie-Ann Amos on 04-26-16


Really interesting story, and I love this narrator. I did find that most of the puzzles were ridiculously simple, and so lacked the ability to engage the reader/listener. I also think that it could've been done better by including more detail about the puzzles and rounds, and a few more stories about the mythology behind the game. But overall I really enjoyed it

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