Title: Epic (The Avatar Chronicles #1)
Author: Conor Kostick
Narrator: Samuel E. Hoke
Welcome to a society governed through computer games!
On New Earth, society is governed and conflicts are resolved in the arena of a fantasy computer game, Epic. If you win, you have the chance to fulfill your dreams; if you lose, your life both in and out of the game is worth nothing. When teenage Erik dares to subvert the rules of Epic, he and his friends must face the Committee. If Erik and his friends win, they may have the key to destroying the Committee’s tyranny. But if they lose….
LitRPG isn’t one that I’ve been involved with much, but after this wonderful read, I’m definitely going to seek out more work in this genre.
In Epic, we see a society that has been shaped by VR. Instead of conflict in the real world, issues are settled with fights in VR. Everything is settled in this manner from little scrapes to problems that are much bigger. Like any game, there are characters who are stronger and those who are weaker. When someone dies, they must start all over. With this basic computer game ideas, we explore the politics of the government over this society and see the way that corruption effects every facet of this world. There are plenty of twists and turns and lots of suspense.
It has the same kind of adventure vibe that Ready Player One had so if you were a fan of that, you will eat this book up.
Narration was beautiful, bringing life to each individual character in intriguing ways.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.