Runner and company have safely left the city ahead of the siege. Completing their class promotions with barely any time to spare.
Unfortunately Runner hasn't discovered the password he needs to begin the logoff process to save the 400,000 or so crewmates left alive in this game where dying truly means death.
The game continues to shift and change with each day and as a byproduct of Runner's actions.
Not only do the rules change, but those he's with have changed. No longer simple programs, they have reached actual sentience.
Pressing himself ever onwards to learn more about the world he finds himself surprised at every turn.
On top of navigating the ever changing game, the outside world has contacted him directly. Now he has to begin to navigate the situation as a gamer, IT support, and an officer.
Of course this would all be a lot easier if he hadn't gotten captured within a few hours of leaving Crivel.
Fate seems to be stacking the deck against him as quickly as she can this time around.
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"Black and white morality has no place here"
Despite not being a gamer, I very much enjoyed this book's predecessor, Otherlife Dreams, so was delighted to be gifted a copy of Otherlife Nightmares by the right's holder, via Audiobook Boom. But this time, without the underlying mystery of what had pulled the entire ship's crew into a game which killed for real, I found this story less enthralling. I prefered the emergent characters as they struggled to make sense of their existence (and my own endeavours to understand the gaming world) more appealing than the ongoing story filled with fights and daring do. Jeff Hays'narration is still superb, breathing life into the protagonists and excitement into the text. But although I wanted to know if Runner can finally resolve the ongoing problem of how to end the game but survive and save the crew (and his companions), I found this book slow going.
I am sure that any gamer or lover of fantasy set in a pseudo mediaeval time would very much enjoy this book; but in spite of a great background storyline and excellent narration, this one was not for me.
- Norma Miles