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Year 2197.

Earth is suffering from the consequences of an environmental catastrophe. Cities the size of continents are drowning in a toxic industrial fog.

Max Bourne is a typical teenager. Like billions of other people, he is forced to live in the protective shell of the individual life support module. His habitat is the virtual Layer. But one day, circumstances force the young man to leave the in-mode. He has no idea that fate will lead him through unimaginable hardships, bring him face to face with military AIs, and teach him to survive in the distant Outlands.

He will come to understand that the sum of all technologies, possessed by the four leading corporations of Earth, can either open the way to the stars or destroy human civilization.

©2017 Andrei Livadny; English translation copyright 2017 by Sofia Gutkin (P)2017 Tantor

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pretty disappointed, couldn't seem to get into it.

first off let me say that I love the author's writing. I would say his Phantom server series is among one of my very favorites!! this book just kind of hops all over the place you're not so much following one character. it almost feels like watching a documentary. and to call it a lit RPG is almost offensive because it was extremely anti lit RPG.

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Great series!

Love the huge series by Livadny in the original Russian. Hope the other translations are just as good.

The series spans nearly 2000 years of space exploration, brutal wars, alien contact, great discoveries, etc. AI plays a major role. Anyone who loves mechs will enjoy the future books.

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  • 11-24-17

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Ok you must push past the start of the book.. the first part I felt was very dull and I nearly gave up..: I pushed on and fell in love with this book I'm now looking forward to the second book and I am interested in the technology spoken about in this book .. it's a nerds dream worth a read if you love space or Technology... not as big litrpg as other books but I feel like this is a set up book for a huge series that I could really get into