Sunday, 20 July 2014

Review - Mindwar (Mindwar, #1) by Andrew Klavan

Title: Mindwar (Mindwar, #1)
Author: Andrew Klavan
Pages: 336
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Release date: 1st July 2014

Blurb from Goodreads:

When Rick lost the ability to run, he came one step closer to becoming a hero.
"New High Score! New Record Time!"

Rick nodded with grim satisfaction. He laid the game controller aside on the sofa and reached for his crutches.

Rick Dial was the best quarterback Putnam Hills High School had ever seen. Unflappable. Unstoppable. Number 12. But when a car accident left him crippled, Rick s life as he knew it ended. He disavowed his triumphant past. He ignored his girlfriend. He disappeared into his bedroom and into the glowing video screen.

But Rick s uncanny gaming skills have attracted attention. Dangerous attention. Government agents have uncovered a potentially devastating cyber-threat: a Russian genius has created a digital reality called the Realm, from which he can enter, control, and disrupt American computer systems . . . from transportation to defense. The agents want Rick, quick-thinking quarterback and gaming master, to enter the Realm and stop the madman before he sends America into chaos.

Entering the Realm will give Rick what he thought he d never have again: a body as strong and fast as it was before the accident. But this is no game, there are no extra lives, and what happens to Rick in the Realm happens to Rick s body in reality.

Even after Rick agrees to help, he can t shake the sense that he s being kept in the dark. Why would a government agency act so aggressively? Can anyone inside the Realm be trusted? How many others have entered before him . . . and failed to return?

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours and Thomas Nelson – Fiction*

2/5 stars

After a car accident leaves Rick Dial in crutches and no longer the star quarterback, he spends most of his time playing video games.
 The government has noticed Rick’s amazing high scores and they want his help against a cyber-threat that could destroy the whole country.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure how much I was going to enjoy this but I thought I’d give it a go.
I found this very hard to get into – some of the sentences didn’t run well together. For example, in one case there were five or six sentences in a row beginning with ‘he’. This prevents the story from flowing easily.
The whole ‘not being able to walk and then being in a virtual place where you can’ thing reminded me slightly of Avatar.
The storyline was okay but I lost interest after half way.

Overall this was an okay read but I lost interest.