That was what they called it. The day when over four million people vanished in an instant from the island of Manhattan. The day earthquakes ravaged the east coast. The day a 101-kilometer tall tower rose from the wreckage of the now empty city. The day every screen, newspaper, and smart phone displayed a single message from an unknown source: The Great Emperor has issued his challenge. From the ruins of the Old World rise the Tower. Its doors will soon open, and the great game will begin. A hundred floors and a hundred challenges await the worthy. And to the victor? A Wish of Unlimited Power.
Cayden Caros yearned to play that game. His only problem? The Terms and Conditions. A strict set of rules that, among other things, prevented anyone under the age of 16 from entering the tower.
Forced to wait for over two years, Cayden did the only thing he could do to pass the time. He researched, he practiced, and he prepared. It would take a lot to catch up to players with such an enormous head start. Lucky for him, he was a special type of gamer.
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By adam on 10-05-18
Honest Review; No Hype No Hate
I really liked this book and it was hard to put it down once I started. It's geared more towards the younger generation and has it's bumps along the way. However the main character is believable and develops slowly along the way. I will break it down for fellow readers.
1. Story Consistency
The Story starts out as a Speed run, but it slowly diverges away from that. In my opinion this is a strength since it adds real story instead of kill this, go here, and repeat. However it still keeps some of the tropes of the "Streamer" generation to be relateable. The main character is going to encounter roadblocks. The same roadblocks you encounter in life that regular video games are devoid of. I feel this makes the tower of babel seem more realistic than anything.
2. Plot Holes
This is probably the weakest part of the book. There are quite a few deus ex machinas in here. But unless you only read the best of the best it's hard to get around. Part of the tower though is it's mysteriousness and the hidden aspects that power gamers will probably miss and casuals won't understand.
3. Character Development
This is a strength of the book. The main character starts out the same way many of us as the same dumb kid next to us. But no were all super unique am I right? He starts growing up in the tower, facing real life consequences and deciding why he is the person he is. It isn't a great work of literature but it does a decent job and gave me a few laughs along the way.
5. Character likeability
The main character is generic in a lot of ways but echoes a lot of what the gamer generations feels. Perhaps (Spoiler Alert, fyi this isn't word for word) my favorite line is this "Exploration, seeing new worlds, quests, etc. It's all I ever wanted and I feel like I was robbed of something that doesn't exist."
I rated this a 4/5 because it is way better than most litrpgs out there but not a show stopper. If you like the genre you'll love the book. If not it's still a good book to pick up and enjoy.
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By zeft on 27-12-17
If you are into Litrpg, it is worth the credit
The plot line is different from the usual approach to Litrpg. Usually it people accidentally get transported for some reason or the world is ending and people go in the game to seek refuge.
Tower of babel instead went the route of a tower mysteriously appeared in NYC. A real life tower dive with game like mechanics. Kinda like SAO where you will perma die but you are not trapped in the tower where you can leave any time. People just live there for there own reasons.
Its not perfect but it is a good enough listen.
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