AlterWorld (LitRPG: Play to Live. Book #1)

by D. Rus

Ebook, 2014



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(2014), 268 pages


A new pandemic--the perma effect--has taken over Earth of the near future. Whenever you play your favorite online game, beware: your mind might merge with the virtual world and dump its comatose host. Woe be to those stuck forever in Tetris And still they're the lucky ones compared to those burning alive eternally within the scorched hulls of tank simulators. But some unfortunates--the handicapped and the terminally ill, shell-shocked army vets, wronged crime victims and other society misfits--choose to flee real life willingly, escaping to the limitless world of online sword and sorcery MMORPGs. Once a seasoned gamer and now a terminal cancer patient, Max grasps at this final chance to preserve his life and identity. So he goes for it--goes for the promise of immortality shared with a few trusty friends and the woman he loves. Together they roam the roads of AlterWorld and sample its agony and ecstasy born of absolute freedom.… (more)

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LibraryThing member Simon_Goodson
This book was great, but I'm still scratching my head over how it managed it. This was more than just a story about someone immersing themselves permanently in an MMO (online game). It spent lots of time dealing with the mechanics of that world and the details of items, buffs, stats and other game
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related stuff. That's a recipe for a really dull book... but somehow the author made it interesting, fascinating even.

The characters are vivid and well developed. The virtual world feels cohesive and real, with glimpses of a much darker side showing through from time to time. The only downside I can see is that it might not appeal to true non-gamers. While I'm not hooked on MMOs I have played quite a few and I've been a gamer for far too many years so most of the terminology was familiar to me. That said, even if you aren't into games I think this is well worth checking out.

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LibraryThing member kevn57
Enjoyed this first book in the series, it makes logical sense why the main character Max wants to discard his body and become a digital being. The game world seems real and the other characters are getting developed as the novel progressed. I like this as much as the first book in the Way of the
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Shaman series, my current favorite litrpg series.
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