After a glitch brought on by a cyber-terrorism attack, a newbie player is trapped inside the online dreamscape of The Game. She must reach The Game’s seventh rift to escape, but with every passing rift the glitches brought on by the initial attack become more deadly.
An exhilarating cyberpunk adventure where reality is subjective, and playing to win could mean the difference between life and death.
Our Review by Felita Daniels, Pages 314
When I heard about this book, it reminded me a bit of the original Tron a movie from when I was younger. I do like Sci-fi, but I don’t really play video games. I am familiar with them from my son. There’s usually a quest or objective and you have to defeat monsters or obstacles along the way. Sometimes the path you take isn’t straight forward. There are times when you have to collect artifacts, tools or weapons that you will need later to level up.
That’s really about all you HAVE to know to enjoy this book. If your computer upgraded to Windows 10 without your permission, or your computer system has ever crashed you may understand the frustration these characters experience when they are caught up in a ‘glitch.’ Things definitely aren’t working the way they are supposed to.
They end up getting trapped in the program while their bodies are at home by themselves. No one is there to unplug them or to get them ‘out’ of the game. So they aren’t just playing anymore. Their lives may depend on figuring out what has gone wrong. Kitty and Will are the characters you are rooting for. There are others that you wonder if they are really good guys trying to help them, or if they have their own agenda. Each place that Kitty arrives at she has to figure out what is going on and how to make progress in finding Will (they got separated early on).
There is a ton of action in this book and you will keep turning pages to see what happens next. In a way it is a puzzle too, trying to figure out what went wrong, so they can make an escape plan. I believe young adults and grown-ups alike that enjoy adventure stories will like this book even if they don’t play video games. There are battles, clues, costumes and interesting characters. One word of warning, there are some F words sprinkled though the book, if that is a deal- breaker for you.
Ronel van Tonder is a science fiction author from South Africa. Her works include a dark, dystopian sci-fi trilogy, The Corrupted SUN Script, and a standalone cyberpunk novel, The Seventh Glitch. When she’s not writing, Ronel spends her free time slaying rendered baddies in the form of robots, gangsters and aliens – with any weapon that happens to be at hand. She also runs her own website design company, and loves dabbling in graphic design, 3D modelling and animation.