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....
©2004 Conor Kostick (P)2018 Conor Kostick
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5 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 26-03-18


A solid story with good narration.

The writing is good, well paced and with characters with plenty of personality. The in game parts are easy to understand and does not go in to too much detail about the systems in game. Letting it be more about the action, conflicts and characters.

The narration is easy to listen to and clear. Each character is enhanced with unique voices and plenty of emotion. I would happily listen to more books with this narrator.

In a world where everything is controlled by those who have the most powerful characters in a game it can be hard to get by if you have work to do instead of being able to dedicate yourself to improving your character. It is an intresting lesson about what can happen if keeping power becomes more important than using it wisely.

This was an intresting listen and I can recommend it.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rob Cooke on 02-03-18

"A true progenitor of LitRPG. Amazing & Immersive!

This book is claimed as being one of the forerunners to the increasingly growing LitRPG genre and it is easy to see why.
This book has a wonderful premise, a society that has done away with violence and uses VR instead to deal with conflict and give an outlet for humanities savage urges.
The book deals with topics in its stride such as Sociology of a populace that uses a RPG game to determine all facets of its society. Politics whereby various opinions and anti government sentiments are presented and explored. A possible precursor to how society might use technology like VR to hold public forums and meet as a group through the use of this technology.

There are some wonderful twists at various points throughout the story that give depth and texture to the story. Some of these come out of left field and you don't see them coming, others are a little easier to see.

The narration is without a doubt on the money, the vast array of characters have their own distinct sound and this helps draws you further into the characters. Samuel Hoke has given life to these characters and in my opinion has delivered the essence of the book.

In summation this book is without a doubt a must read for anyone that enjoys the LitRPG genre or is even a casual fan of RPG games.
I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys fantasy with a little science fiction.
I will definitely be placing the two follow up books on my to read list.

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5 out of 5 stars
By cosmitron on 01-03-18

A great read especially if you are a gamer.

Would you consider the audio edition of Epic to be better than the print version?

Have only listened to the Audio edition.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cindella is out of charactor for this author..... she is a woman.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the main character realizes the government is tracking his every move.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Gamer Heaven

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 23-02-18

A real Stand Out

I don't know how many books are planned in this series, and all I can say is that I hope it ends up like Alterworld, with one great book after another popping up. Kostick takes plain ordinary people and drops them into an immersive world that has slowly taken presidence over the "real world".

The people I am talking about are the descendents of spacefarers who fled Earth after it became a nasty place to live due to warfare. SO, with violence being the root of all evil, no one is allowed to commit any kind of violence. To get out aggression and solve problems people go into a VR game world complete with avatars of their own making.

The story slithers around well fleshed out characters who are very real seeming, to a point that you have to wonder if these are people that Kostick knows or has known. I mean, they come off the page. The title of this book isn't an exaggeration, either. This is a full blown world that has been well thoughtout, and characters who shake your hand or punch your face depending on their personalities. I really do not want to give too much away, so as not to spoil it for you. Hoke does a great job narrating, like I said the characters feel real, and he gives them soul. You will want to come back to this world time and time again.

Get it, read it, love it.

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