Title: Cheat Code
Author: Aften Brook Szymanski
Narrator: Sierra Kline
GenE must outwit Codebreakers to win a high stakes (Real Player Game) RPG for terminal patients who made the “Intelligence Donor List”, where failure equals death in real life, and winning means eternal life.
Teaming up with competitive gamers increases GenE’s chances of surviving the challenges of each level, until she realizes her most trusted ally is using her. And rules? Rules are made to be reprogrammed, along with everything else.
In the future, death doesn’t mean the end. Instead, the dead have their personalities uploaded to a computer game to battle it out to see who will be the most capable of living forever as an AI. Things aren’t as straightforward as they seem though because there can only be one winner, and the creator of the game is determined to wipe every player off the board.
Each of the characters had distinct personalities that really made them stand out. The MC was full of curiosity and a drive to win even though the odds were against her from the start. AK was no different. He was headstrong and smart, though frequently found himself backed into corners.
This was such a unique plot, that I devoured this book in a matter of hours. Every second was compelling, and when it got to the end, my mouth was left hanging open because I didn’t see it coming and at the same time, the author found the perfect way to wrap it up.
Also, the narration was perfect for the MC and the story. Really helped to bring it to life.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.