A new update arrives to the ultra-popular online game, Realm of Arkon. With Patch 17, the level of immersion experienced by players in their gaming capsules has made virtual reality indistinguishable from the real world. But every gamer's dream becomes a nightmare for Roman Kozhevnikov after he gets confined to Arkon against his will. And not just to Arkon, but to its deadliest zone - Demon Grounds. Playing - or rather living - as his character Krian, it's not just about survival for Roman. He longs to exact revenge for his banishment to the virtual world where the sensation of pain has reached 100 percent...
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Patch 17 does not stand out in the LitRPG genre. The genre is fairly new and many books are falling into the trope where the MMO locks the players in permanently and either kills them or puts the person's body into a coma. This is one such tale. It is an easy driving force for the story. Without it the story would need a compelling reason for the characters to stay in the game. Patch 17 also goes for the trope where most of the special and unique things happen to the MC.
It's not a bad book, and it is interesting, but the story really goes nowhere. The MC does have an end goal, but it's rather flimsy and vague, he'll get there eventually. But before that he has to level up. So off questing he goes.
There are a few other negatives to the book. Firstly, as you'll hear it throughout the book, the character and item stats readouts are awful and awkward. In the kindle version it's neatly laid out with a nice readable format, audible, not so much. Secondly, there are some character transitions where the jump cut is very quick and brief with hardly a pause. It can be a little confusing. Third, there are a couple NPC backstories that the MC has a vision of. They tend to be absurdly long and have little to no impact on the story going forward. Lastly, the book just ends without any kind of resolution to anything.
Despite all of this I will be getting the next book. I'm a sucker for the LitRPG genre especially when all the special events happen to the MC.
Excellent LitRPG Adventure
Any dialog - the narrator did a fantastic job capturing the different voices and attitudes.
The main character narrated in 1st person POV.
Trapped in a demon adventure
Probably the best narrator/author match up I've heard on Audible. The only draw back is the book is really two books; the main story told in 1st person POV with compelling voice and a second, novelette at the end with different characters and 3rd person POV told in a chatty voice; the change is very jarring happens at a cliff hanger on the first story which left me wanting the main story to continue, not a second story (nice it as was).
I got the book because it was suggested after I heard other titles, didn't know what it was clearly about, but started with a good history and similar to an anime series I saw a while back, started from the similarities and it started to become interesting, it was like a game RPG to be more precise but we only followed two stories, one that starts in the beginning and a second at nearly the end of the book, but the story didn't keep updating what happens to the other characters just the two, and that made it for me boring. Finish the book but not eager to jump to the next of the series. The narrator was great. If the story had more information about the bad guys, the other ones that jumped in to the game, it could have provided so much more that just power increase and game dialog... it can be so much more from a creative story that was started. Just my opinion probably didn't got it.
Yes, but not the audio book.
The narrator does little to differentiate between characters. Hard to tell when the perspective changes. Makes it hard to follow and keep track of the conversations.
Not at this point, to many other narrators that make the stories immersive.
The flashbacks really threw me off, got completely lost during these and took away from the experience
Just a fool who should really spend $ on real life issues not books.
I would listen to it again yes, as for why that's quite simple. What gamer doesn't wish to close their eyes and live the game of their choice.
I would definitely compare the Play to Live series with Patch 17 based on style and subject. First book in the Play to Live series is called Alterworld in case anyone is interested. But yeah they both use capsules as an entry point into the gaming world and eventually in Alterworld the main character is, to coin a phrase from Alterworld, a Perma. Basically meaning he is a permanent persona in Alterworld and no longer shackled by the real world.
As of now I have to pick two. Both Max and Luffy. Their back and forth quips for some reason just strike a cord with me.
Not sure but considering how this book started I'l have to say something along the lines of...
The Will of a Player, not much of a tag but to me it fits.
As some have already mentioned if you don't devote all your attention to the book you would end up missing quite a bit of the story. HOWEVER as I see it there are two ways you can view this book in this regard.
First, Being a heavy gamer makes it far easier to make sense of the book as a whole without missing a bit of it if your attention is divided.
Second, Which this is how I maintained my concentration on it... As the story is being read to you think of it as a movie reel or a movie script, not a book. When I write my books I physically and mentally cannot write unless I can SEE what I'm writing, Not as in words but being able to see what I write, to live it in my imagination. Once that's done I can put everything onto paper.
So to make this short. Think of it as a piece of a movie and let your brain bring up the pictures that it would naturally think of when the next part of the story is read.
this is one of the better written LITvrpg series that i've read recently, though it has its flaws. the main character is interesting and the story is mostly engaging. my biggest problem is the endless recitation of numbers and probabilities while he plans out his character progression out past level 200. most people are casual gamers who throw their stats in without much planning ahead unless they're following a guide FAQ, and the MC is supposed to be even less experienced than the casual gamer so its a bit hard to believe he'd bother (or even know about the stat generator). Moreover, its boring (unless you're an obsessive gamer yourself) to listen to five or so minutes of him talking about nothing but numbers and probability. its even worse because it happens multiple times in the book.
the narrator is pretty good but he mispronounces a LOT of words; from melee, to armor pieces, to the name of the iconic One Piece MC, Luffy (pronounced loo-fee). i don't think he has much exposure to lit/anime/manga/ rpg gaming cultures and it shows.
those complaints aside, its an interesting story where it seems like, so far, the more our MC give in to his rage, the less human he becomes. i can't wait to find out how he escapes the demon-ground and finds his sister.
Great audio book with Zach Villa at the helm, he does a great job. This is a good start to a new LitRPG book series. Georgy should tone the flash backs down a bit, but other than that its a good listen.
This story is unnecessarily fast, messy, and cinfusing but even so it is only not bad. It only requires all of your attention to have a foggy idea of what is going on. Honestly one minute you will have the characters talking to one another and the next they will be somewhere else talking to each other about things and events that were not explained about characters that were not introduced as if they were. The only redeaming feature of the story is it's kind of fun. Better reads by far would be Play To Live series or Awaken Online series or Shamanic Quest.
"An excellent take on the genre and recommend it"
This Book starts well and has a good pace and interesting story start. Early gaming discussions and story development also goes well. The dialogue is really good and the game story goes well.
I found some of the "vision scenes" are not as well written, but having said that maybe that is the point! But I found I was wanting to skip though these sections as it was very irritating to listen too.... I felt it was not as well written as the rest of the book and would relook at how this is edited (though I recognise I could not write this well anyway so no offence).
The book setting is really good and I really enjoy the character development and the world development. Although there is a little power leveling in the early stages, which is typical of these books it is done well and I recommend the book to all who like this genre.
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