My rating: 3 of 5 stars
fun! fun! fun! deep? no, but fun!
especially for someone deep in the geek life.
’cause it’s all about the games, reader. i’ve read a few virtual books while playing games, but i’ve never done a game while reading a (paper) book.
Cline nails what i’ve seen of gamer culture (understand, i came to gaming about 20 years too late to be a graybeard on the subject, so my viewpoint is suspect, altho i did watch my son geek out for 10 years). anyway! he’s got verisimilitude. he’s got style. he’s got plot. it’s all there if you want a fun read.
the thing i like best about this book is how it ends. no spoilers here, but let me just say that it ends exactly as it should (from a gamer perspective).
anyway, if you like games, or dystopia, or having fun–read it. ’nuff said.
i’d be really, really interested in someone’s take who is not a gamer. not so much about the geek and pop culture references, but what the book says about young ‘uns who were reared playing videogames. i think there are some kind of scary thoughts there to be had, and would be really intrigued if someone smarter than i am would take up that challenge.