In an increasingly wired and computer-friendly world, massive multiplayer online games have become the ultimate form of entertainment. And the most popular gaming universe of all is Omnitopia, created by genius programmer Dev Logan. For millions of people around the world, Omnitopia is an obsession, a passionate pastime, almost a way of life. But there's a secret to Omnitopia, one that Dev would give his life to protect: the game isn't just a program or a piece of code. It's become sentient - alive. And it's Dev's job to keep it that way.
©2010 Diane Duane (P)2010 Tantor
Commodities broker, father, husband, and avid scifi/fantasy/self help fan.
Not long on this one. Sounds good when you read the premise, but it's unfortunately tired and sporadic. The premise can be found in a good number of stories, with the same old tired conflicts, man versus world, man versus man-made-world, reality dysfunction (Sorry, Mr. Hamilton), and fantasy world building and structure by the characters.
Even a fairly good narrator can't help this one.
Yawn. Who needs codine when you have this?
Sci-Fi, Anime, Gamer Nerd
An interesting book, good for a light and entertaining evening listen. Very much a "good vs evil", with the lines clearly delineated and not much in the way of moral quandaries.
I would compare it to the ".HACK//SIGN" anime series. Both deal with an awakening sentience in a fantasy MMORPG represented as a childlike figure, although SIGN focuses on the internal world, while Dawn focuses on the real-world events and personalities surrounding it.
Narration is good enough, with emotion and action coming through well.
If you're one who likes there science fiction to be entertaining, fun you might like this - but if you insist that the tech be built on somewhat believable foundations, then pass on this novel. While I enjoyed some of the idea behind the story, the hugely noticeable holes in the foundation of the science repeatedly dropped me out of the story. SciFi doesn't need to be proved out on paper, but the lack of even the smallest bridge from present day to this not so distant future was lacking entirely. And if you don't care about that, note that this is one of those books where the good guys are always good, and the bad always bad. Neither face situations that could sway them one way or another, they just seem to always be good, resulting in lucky days, and vice versa.
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