[E–pub Download] Endgame Virtual Reality Standalones #1
STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare jEhow biased me it didn t It might not be a book for everyone but it surely is a book worthy of non self publicationI m expecting the ARC of the seuel tomorrow D Still as great as the first time around I remembered absolutely nothing so I felt like I was reading it for the first time again which was great I got to be blown away by the last few chapters again This series is so promising I have been sitting on this for a few days trying to sort out my feelings and I m still a big ball of I don t know what the hellust happened This story focuses On Volera A Young Woman Volera a young woman is living in a dystopian world and is paid to play this world s version of video games These games are fully
immersive and interactive and you are connected to and interactive and you are connected to and all sorts of weird other things while you play Sounds like a dream right Well why does Vol keep blacking out Who is the mysterious new Moderator of play and why does he seem so interested in her What is going on Does anyone remember the movie Existenz That is the vibe I got from this book from the very beginning First things first I have had this book on my to read list for ages and although I
Was Doing My Indie Augustdoing my Indie August this book completely slipped my mind and I umped into Fearscape as my pick of Nenia s for this challenge But when Seanilicious added this and I realized I could fit another book into my challenge I did exactly that But I am sad to say that unlike my love of Fearscape and Gavin especially Gavin this was not a hit for me Let s make a shit sandwich shall weThe bottom slice of breadCatan Oh Catan Yep I ll have one of him please Nenia you write such wonderfully mysterious dick ish and yet loveable male leads Since you are so intent on not engaging me in our world I m going to pursue you in yours Vol and Catan s interactions were often hilarious and had me laughing out loud Vol s wit is fantastic and she uses it to her advantage You wouldn t say that if you knew who I amTrust me I ve seen an asshole before The filling of the sandwichThis had many spelling grammar and editing errors that slipped through the cracks I can let some slide but these were numerous enough to annoy meI found that the beginnings of the game play seuences were a little long winded Sure when playing a game you will be taking a look around and checking out your surroundings but most of the time I thought the descriptions were a little excessive There was also a bit of what I will call Maze Runner itis There were several words that were used to describe characters without us having anything to reference them against It s all well and good to say things about a Selmerian character but what does a Selmerian look like and what traits does a Meridian have that a Bastani does not I had trouble actually picturing the characters in my head because of this The top slice of breadNenia is an excellent writer of tension The foreboding feeling of this really gave me a sense of urgency to get to the end to figure out what was happening It kept me turning the pages and engagedBUT That ending Nope Nope Nope Information overload Too much too late Nope Did not enjoy It didn t feel finishedOverall this Ve Regency but by night she is wracked by terrible nightmares that hint at a past she can no longer remember She suspects she might have killed someone and she's afraid that she might do it againAt the same time the games she's playing are growing steadily violent Someone is hacking into the system and creating bootlegged games Dangerous games.
Nenia Campbell à 1 READ & DOWNLOADAs interesting and engaging but it had its flaws I won t be continuing this series I ll stick to the Horrorscape series instead because that is much my style 3 break my heart Catan Stars
I M Giving You Untilm giving you until finish my drink to change your mindAnd thenWe see if your heart can stand to be broken a little Thanks for the buddy read Seanilicious AKA The Wizard Of Schnoz I m friends with Nenia on Goodreads this has in no way affected my rating Every once in a while I wake up and have to puzzle out whether the events that ust transpired in my head were memory or dream On occasion a dream is so vivid so real that it seems wholly probable that it actually happened For me these dreams tend to be of a mundane nature a meeting at work spending time with a friend masticating a kumuat So trivial are these types of dreams that I don t even need to spend time dwelling on whether they actually happened or not it s not that important really Of course I ve never dreamed that I went on a genocidal killing spreeUnfortunately for Volera our heroine in Endgame she not only has to confront that dream but the frightening possibility that it s far than ust the vivid imaginings of a sleeping brain Set in a dystopian environment where professional game players help non pros navigate a series of harsh virtual scenarios Endgame is a uick read that manages to pack action and revelation into the final 20 pages than happens in the rest of the book And aye there s the rub as our old friend the Danish prince once said Campbell is clearly a talented storyteller with a head full of intriguing ideas that are clamoring to get out of her mind palace and frolic across the page There are intriguing nuggets of story all over the place the way the virtual gaming world works the mysterious backstory the increasingly of story all over the place the way the virtual gaming world works the mysterious backstory the increasingly truths that are hinted at all of which propel the reader forwardUnfortunately there s a disconcerting disconnect between the parts where I wanted detail about the world and the characteristics of its people about where these games fit into the social hierarchy about the supporting characters or even the major characters and the parts where detail comes in such a confusing rush that it s hard to
FIGURE OUT WHAT S GOING ONout what s going on though it seems like it s intriguing stuff case in point the aforementioned 20 pages I also didn t feel overly invested in Vol or her tormentorman candysavior Catan and I tend to struggle a bit when I m reading something where I don t really connect with the characters That might be of a personal thing though ust because I didn t fall in love with these characters doesn t mean others will feel the same I mean I like Egon than I like Venkman so what does that say about me I don t think I ll continue with this series but I d certainly be open to reading of Campbell s work Whether you connect with the characters or find the pacing of the story to your liking dear readerswell that s for you to decide As for me I have kumuats that need masticating Or did I ust dream thatThanks to the fabulous Jessasaurus Rexerrific for the buddy read This was inspired by Karlington s Authors Who Rock idea and by Jess s indie Augus. Deadly games Games that tell a story of profound corruption and massive scale government conspiracies warping the lines between fact and fictionThe only clue she has comes in the form of an exceedingly frustrating and potentially dangerous man named Catan Vareth But like everything else in her world his help will cost herCover design by Louis.
Volera is a Player she helps provide entertainment
*for the virtual reality games that are hugely popular But she can t remember her past and strange *the virtual reality games that are hugely popular But she can t remember her past and strange nightmares and blackouts make her think that a particular guy has an unhealthy interest in herTrying to define my feelings towards this book is tough The first half is so dense so confusing so slow It really is pure world building I ll admit than once I grew frustrated at this book I want to like you I would yell at it Why are you being so confusing to me Why can t you ust give some answersBut this book reminds me of Dune in that regard you re reading it and wondering WTF
Is Going On When Suddenly The Cloudsgoing on When suddenly the clouds and it JUST MAKES SENSE It takes a long time but when you get to that point the light bulb turns on and the book pages fly byAnd that is my experience with this book I got past that 50% mark and suddenly I got it I got the characters I got the story Even the cultures and society which had been a stumbling block were making sense That is what picked this up from a 3 star to a 4 starThis book won t be for everyone but if you like cyber punk and don t want drippy heroines this is your book I m literally breathless now It s all your fault Nens See what I did hereI have never been so proud and humbled of a graphiccover I made in my life yes I am responsible for the eerie futuristic eye It in no way rises to the level of awesome of the actual book I have also never wanted to never play any kind of virtual reality game this much EVER I am the furthest thing from a gamer my immediate family is made up of solely females besides my dad and video games are something I What a Lass Wants just watch my best guy friends battle each other at Let sust say I didn t need gaming experience to picture anything Insert freaked shudder Endgame is both almost clinical and chilling in its telling of Volera s so called double life as a Player of VR games and a girl who loses whole blocks of time to fugue states The world building is a little sparse at points but lush Nens integrates both the VR and real life settings extremely well The simulated forest game reminded me a little of The Hunger Games actually as did the omnipotent RegentNothing is ever in your face You ust kind of read along and suddenly bam You wonder how Vol isn t catatonic in a ball in a corner I WILL ADMIT TO HAVING SPED THROUGH THE PAST 60 admit to having sped through the past 60 or so in a breathless haze alternately cringing and weeping a little inside The pacing fit the overall plot very action y yet allowing us to understand Volera s fears and thoughts One particular line made me think she would ve been a hilarious heroine if it wasn t for her issues Several of the women are eying him with undisguised interest and a few are even adjusting their clothing so that their features are displayed to their best advantageBreast advantage Vol thinks and gigglesNens why you gotta be so dirtayyy 3Oh and Catan CATAN Yo Nens if you turn him into another GM I will kick you in the butt I WILLI guess I ve extolled enough virtues I will stop before I forget to take a shower and become a smelly cat lady But in case you re wondering if my friendship with the author som. Volera Magray is a Player she engages with the tourists who come to play the VR games for which her district is so famous She makes her living being pitted against other Players in terrifyingly real virtual reality games fought for the gratification of a hedonistic audienceFighting is all she knowsBy day she is a normal denizen of the oppressi.