After a terrible car crash puts seventeen-year-old Noah Newbolt into a coma, he is hooked up to the innovative Dream Engine—a virtual reality helmet that immerses the player in an online fantasy game. The Dream Engine keeps Noah’s mind alive while doctors frantically work to heal his body, but his death in the game could result in irreversible brain damage.
While Noah learns to navigate the Dream Game, his girlfriend, Sue, suffers injuries from the same crash. Then the doctors’ attempts to connect her to the game result in her apparent death. When a mysterious avatar drops notes suggesting the last remnants of Sue’s consciousness are being held prisoner in the most dangerous part of the game, Noah takes it upon himself to rescue her.
He allies himself with a group of high-level players to help him in his quest, but his rise through the ranks earns him a bounty. With top players across the world gunning for Noah, can he stay alive–and awake–long enough to save Sue and escape the game?
NOTE: Stuck in the Game is a cyberpunk, video game science fiction & fantasy novel.
Stuck in the Game tells the story of Noah.
Noah’s friends have become immersed in a virtual reality game, played via the Dream Engine, which Noah and his girlfriend would like nothing to do with. After a tragic accident that leaves Noah paralysed in hospital, the doctors keep him from slipping into a coma by hooking him up to the Dream Engine. Noah has one life in the game, dying in the game may result in Noah slipping into a coma.
The book starts of slow with Noah undertaking the tutorial, like in any game, but once Noah passes that the story starts to pick up. I thoroughly enjoyed this book; Christopher Keene has created an expansive gaming world that mirrors the characteristics of real games. All aspects within the game are explained to Noah by various characters, this allows you to learn about the game along with the main character. Stuck in the Game is a well written cyber adventure that appeals to gamers and non-gamers alike.
I would recommend this book to video gamers, science fiction fans & fantasy fans.
I received a copy of Stuck in the Game from Future House Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review.
Stuck in the game is available on Amazon from August 4th – 11th for $2.99.
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