The future is filled with self-driving cars, virtual realities, chore completing machines, and super-fast Internet connections. Yet all these technological innovations cannot prevent tragedy. Three years ago Grant Legate lost that which he loved most. His carefully built life fell apart in the wake of depression.
Now, Grant spends most days working endless hours as a companion to an AI. Their job is simple, to repair broken machines that humanity uses to visit virtual realities. Unintended hard work pays off after his boss forces Grant to take a vacation and try the latest game craze called Continue Online, a fantasy world with the freedom to play any role one might choose.
Inside this new game, he meets a series of AIs that are nothing like what he expected from a video game. Grant starts his journey from a very different perspective, and he is only one part of an AI agenda that will end up impacting all of humanity.
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I read the e-book back in December and this was my review for a magazine. Following is the audio review. <br/><br/>Concept/world-building – 4<br/>Plot - 4<br/>Character – 5<br/>Dialogue – 4<br/>Prose – 5<br/>Conflict/resolution – 4<br/>Overall rating 4.5<br/><br/>It takes me a good while to get through a book, not an audiobook. So this was read before bed at night.<br/><br/>As far as LitRPG goes, I’m still wetting my appetite, absorbing all the audiobooks I can, and devouring works from Royal Road Legends.<br/><br/>For me, this novel stands out already for its incredible emotional impact as well as the attention to detail, both inside the VR world, and the Mc’s outside life. There were some excellent visuals in here, of the Mc as well. I mean who doesn’t wander around their own home in underwear?<br/><br/>The novel itself takes a little time to get going, and I didn’t mind that because instead of a prologue, which I do tend to skip. The writer gave us some very interesting passages of time. And then we’re launched into the main story.<br/><br/>Grant and his family are just like most people, they have a connection, but don’t always get along. I think that is one of the deciding factors as to why I enjoyed reading this as much as I did. I also thought a lot about the darker tendencies of the story. It’s very deep. It deals with a lot of inner struggles, and I believe that’s why the game helps out our sometimes depressed MC.<br/><br/>I enjoyed the journey that Grant goes on. When his niece shows him inside the game he is hooked, just as much as I was on the book. Old Man Carver, is an interesting character his life is almost peaceful within the game, ie, not quite as exciting as some, but the fact is he’s not really all there to go hunting big monsters, and such. This book has a much deeper level than all the regular litRPG’s, and his journal is very interesting, as is his life as an NPC.<br/><br/>With lots of humorous events throughout the novel, and I admit, I’m hard to make laugh. I also found this to be one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time. I do hope there were supposed to be funny moments because I couldn’t help myself but laugh, maybe it’s my brit humour ‘go moo at that’ lmao.<br/><br/>I don’t want to spoil anything else for this reading journey, but there are some well-defined sub characters, backstory, world-building and more.<br/><br/>On the whole, this was a refreshing change to some of the litRPG books’ I’ve read and listened to so far, and it was and hopefully will be (as I’m heading to pick up the next one) one of the more memorable this year.<br/><br/>Performance - <br/><br/>Pavi was a very easy listen, I also have another of his LitRPG audiobooks. What made him stand out in this one for me, was I think the emotional tone of the story was very different. <br/><br/>What Pavi brought to the table here, was just pure emotion, and really out great effort into the characters tone and emotions. Compared to the ebook this was a totally different experience. I laughed out loud with Carver, and the others in the 'Game' <br/><br/>The ending was just perfect. <br/><br/>Well done Pavi. I look forward to more audio from you.