When New Reality, a fully immersive, five-dimensional entertainment experience, was introduced to the world, everyone logged on.
Everyone except Jake and Tom.
It doesn't take long for the world to crumble into ruin, leaving Jake and Tom wandering through leveled cities occupied by New Reality dreamers. In order to find one gamer among many, they must risk everything - going up against Rixon, the corporation behind New Reality.
Facing starvation, the New Reality headsets offer sustenance from a synthesized sludge pumped directly into the gamer's body. With a headset, they'll get fed and their only limitations are their own imaginations. They can have paradise, comfort, and peace. They have the power to realize their deepest desires.
But for Tom, it'll mean sacrificing his son to the false reality masterminded by Rixon. For Jake, it'll mean sacrificing his dream of living a true existence, no matter how stark.
Wrestling with the decision, they soon find out they aren't the only ones living in the ruins. Someone…something else, has taken an interest in the pair.
Turning from scavengers to prey, they have to make a decision. Family or self? Faith or fear? Truth or New Reality?
©2014 Michael Robertson (P)2014 Michael Robertson
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A new "gaming" experience has swept the world created by Rixon, the worlds biggest company. This new game allows you to experience anything that you can dream of, literally. You plug in and all of your cares or fears wash away. Everyone has plugged into it except Jake and Tom. These two are wandering the destroyed lands after the world was left to rot when everyone plugged in. Follow these unlikely travel partners as they try to find Tom's son in this new wasteland. Along the way they face off against an unknown enemy who is trying to kill them at what seems like every step.
The narration for this was done by Matt Armstrong. Matt does a great job voicing these ageless characters. We really don't know how old Jake is, and we only really know that Tom is older than Jake. Armstrong does a fantastic job with the voice and setting the stage for how the entire book feels like these two are seconds away from dying. His voice portrays the struggle well. The quality was good and I didn't notice any production issues.
After I finished this book last night, I knew that the review was going to be hard to write. Not because the book was bad, far from it. The book was interesting and unique in many ways. But, because there is no way to write about how I really feel because it is a HUGE spoiler. I can say this, the book did NOT end the way that I expected. I was really expecting a totally different angle to be take towards the end. With that being said, I think the ending is what a lot of others were expecting. It wasn't anti-climactic my any means, I think that some readers would feel like it was a cop out.
I couldn't help but drawing a ton of similarities from Wall-E. Minus the cute robots, the characters were similar in both disconnection and girth. Even the way the the city was supposed to be left made me think of this movie. I don't think this takes away from the book a ton, but the similarities are definitely there.
The two characters were lovable and hate-able which made this book so interesting to read. Jake is so optimistic and really tries to take their grim and crappy situation with a smile if he can. Tom was almost his voice of reason, while being a pessimist. It was almost like a big brother, little brother type of friendship.
By the end of this story, all I could think was "what's going to happen?" And I'm here to tell you, even though this is supposed to be part of a series--the book has a proper ending (yay!).
Overall, this book was a weird combination of dystopian, sci-fi, and post-apocalyptic. It peaked my interest and kept it, and gave me a surprise ending, which isn't always easy to do.
Great read. Totally a twist at the end, but I did enjoy it. A great read on the spiritual strength of one person to find good in anything and everything. Go read it out listen to it!!!
I really liked both the main characters - but preferred Jake over Tom. The two are stuck in a present where they are supposedly the last two who are not hooked up to some videogame - a place where all your dreams come too. Add in some creepyness that is following them and a mission to find lost loves. It makes a good story. Without spoiling too much the ending did fit but left me subtly disappointed as I just wanted more.
I think the narrator was excellent. He helped make it into a pleasurable listen.
I received this book from the author via audio book blast.. for an honest review.
Prolific reader and listener of books of all kinds.
I wanted to like this book. The premise sounded interesting and I like the author's other work. I tried to listen to it twice and it just didn't go anywhere or do anything for me. I couldn't get into the story and it didn't make any sense.
The first time I gave up after about 30 minutes. Sometimes that happens and when I come back to it I can engage with the book. The second time I lasted for about an hour and still wasn't getting into it.
Maybe your experience will be different.
I did receive this book for free to review from the author.
It is definitely sci-fi but I've never read anything like it before. It's quite interesting and slightly disconcerting.
Jake and Tom
There were laughing moments and scary moments.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. I'm not usually one for the post-apocalyptic thing, but the synopsis reminded me of Ready Player One, which I totally loved. The world building is really nice, although there are a few data-dump moments. However, I'm glad that the descriptions of the gross future are not glossed over.
I listened to the audio version and Matt Armstrong has a great voice for the sci-fi genre. I loved his character choices and his pacing was great.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
something about yourself! :)
Sure, this book was a one off, But i would consider another story
Re Listening to Jim Butcher Codex Alera Series
The Narrator is Great,Something you would not have experienced in the paper version, But at least i could have paged over some really boring parts of this if it were paper
No, Let it Go
I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review. I found i had to trudge thru parts,But the author set the world up very well, but the actual characters were not very interesting and a little annoying.
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I liked the idea of the book ,
I felt lost the whole time . I didn't know anything about Jake or Tom.no back story ., although with the surprise ending , looking back actually makes since.
I could not stand tom (secretive bastard) and I did not have any feelings for Jeff.
I did like the post apocalyptic feel of the book , struggling to find food or drink. and the ominous observer. she showed up at the end of every chapter .
narration was pretty good . no complaints no comments
overall it was an ok listen / I did finish the book .
sorry Michael Robertson, I wanted to like it , it just wasn't for me , but heads up , its got pretty good reviews on amazon
I am listening to something everyday!
Decent story, but just not my thing.
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"Can you trust reality!!"
Interesting book, with a good performance from Matt Armstrong. Didn't really explain how they survived for 4 years before the story began, they did not seem to close for people surviving that long, although the ending did cover some of it and did have a twist to it.
"Brilliant, a great book & a new must read series"
Yes. Full of twists and turns. Matrix like but in all the good ways and certainly not a copy. The characters are good and I love the whole premise of the world(s) in which they live.
I'm left with plenty of questions and answers. The book is really good and it's got me hooked so I can get my answers in the following book as well as this one. I loved the way the gamers are portrayed. No living in ease, it's s real take I what happens when you plug into something.
Brilliant pacing. It really brought the book to life. Also a good voice and good characterisation of the story. Very good.
Yes. I did it in 2 sittings.
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"The Truth is that in Reality DON'T!!!!"
A plot, some substance, and cut out the endless (and I mean endless) repitition.
Matt Armstrong did the best that he could with the material that he had to work with.However you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
Frustration, disappointment, impatience.anguish.
As a rule I don't usually write book reviews as I am fully aware that different people have different tastes,but in the case of this book I feel I have to make an exception (sorry Michael).I admire anyone who aims to entertain by attempting to write a novel, but in this case I am afraid an attempt was the best that could be said about this book.
I do genuinely hope that this is the aurthor's first crack at telling a story as I feel he could learn a lot from this exprience and maybe improve in the future.
This being said, i'm afraid that this story was a painful experience for me as a reader. Unfortunatly there is no plot. I would usually have to take care whilst reviewing a book in order not to incorporate spoilers. but in this case there aren't any, as there is no real plot to speak of.
Endless pages of two guys wondering around a desolate wasteland asking each other what the other one saw only for the other one to say "nothing" (both failing to grasp the fact that if they both had to ask and both had to deny, then by default they both must have seen what they were trying to hide from each other). Pages of one guy asking the other to wait up and lot's of complaining. A bit more wandering...the end.
I had to give up half way through for the sake of my sanity (and I hate giving up on ANY book).
I was willing something to happen... ANYTHING!!!!!...but after about three hours of stubbornly persevering, I had to abandon ship or drown in a sea of monotony.
This may sound harsh, and I really do wish that I could sugar coat it somehow, but unfortunately,I can't. I will however wish Michael all the best with his next project, and I genuinely hope that his next one brings him more success.
As for this one i'm afraid it's probably better to find something less frustrating to do with your time than spend it on this particular story...life is just too short.
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