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Most original and well written litrpg I've read in a while. I returned the last two or three litrpg audiobooks I bought because the clichés and bad writing was getting to be overwhelming. I'm happy to finally find a book in this genre that takes the writing as seriously as it does the litrpg conventions.
I look forward to the next book.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Truly I can't espouse the positives of this book enough. Don't judge this by the authors previous works, this is the start of an opus. There is just enough actual tension, comedy, action and character growth to fill your soul here. The twists are smart enough to not be obvious but if your observant you can figure them out just as they get confirmed or disproven..... all the way to the last sentence.
This is not LitRPG like you know it.
It's a thriller, a mystery, a few other genre I won't go into. This is a true novel that brilliantly incorporates the traits of the LitRPG genre into the basic fiction structure we know today. Don't get me wrong I LOVE the genre as a whole but you get used to the tropes and cliches that are starting to show up.
This is not like that (very much at least)
On top of a unbelievable engaging story, I was EXTREMELY skeptical of a female narrator covering a male MC. I almost feel kinda bad even thinking it now, it also fits in a way you'll start understanding throughout the novel. This is truly a book above any sort of labeling or stereotype.
DESPITE my hesitation, Andrea is unbelievably wonderful. Her range is amazing, various nuances, accents, even deep gruff voices are well done. She truly made this brilliant story come alive, especially poppy and Alice. I am truly happy she narrated this novel.
This book is wonderful, though it will show some flaws like most books do. I do not claim it to be perfect. It may not fit your style. But I think this is worth more than a credit, it's worth buying outright. I truly had a wonderful riveting time listening and I cannot tell you how much I crave more of this world, even if the perspective is to shift in book 2 as reports suggest. May you enjoy this book, and if my review helps you decide to try it I hope you come to enjoy and love this book as much as I did.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The good thing about this genre is all the new audiobooks coming out in it!
I did get a little behind in my reviews, but here are some thoughts on this as audio.
The main characters are really nicely done. We're thrown into the deep end of this story and world without getting to know them before, but during and in the game. I loved this more so than most might because some stories really do slow up the drama and tension of their world with the long intros with little conflict. Very nicely done here.
The fact that there was trans gender, and different sex's playing different characters was so refreshing and expertly handled by the writer and narrator. It really makes you think about not only the world inside their story but in our own and how people handle things in the wrong ways. (I've seen some of the reviews put up) but this really didn't deter from the story and enhanced it in a way that a lot of people can relate to and of course enjoy.
There's no rest up for us or the MC's as they go on this journey, and the narrator kept a wonderful pace throughout. I really loved her choices with each person, from the Mc's to the NPC's which each spoke just as if they were real people.
There really is a lot of twists and turns in here, some I did think were coming, but others were a total shock! It keeps you guessing and thinking which is what all the best books do.
Highly recommended and although this was a great book on its own although my only real jibe is the length, (cause I wanted more) I do think there's another on the cards, which I can't wait for!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful