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This week I’m reviewing Patch 17: Epic LitRPG by G. Akella.
About the Book: A new update arrives to the ultra-popular online game, Realm of Arkon. With Patch 17, the level of immersion experienced by players in their gaming capsules has made virtual reality indistinguishable from the real world. But every gamer’s dream becomes a nightmare for Roman Kozhevnikov after he gets confined to Arkon against his will. And not just to Arkon, but to its deadliest zone–Demon Grounds. Playing, or rather living as his character Krian, it’s not just about survival for Roman. He longs to exact revenge for his banishment to the virtual world where the sensation of pain has reached one hundred percent…
My Review: To be honest, I never heard of the LitRPG genre until a couple of months ago when a friend told me about it. For those that don’t know, Lit RPG features stories told about people who are not only in a game, but are aware of it. Pretty cool, if you ask me.
Of course, as a fan of RPGs from table top to PBP (Play By Post) and PBEM (Play By Email) games, I fell in love with the concept behind the genre and searched for my first book, which happened to be this one.
As introductions go, this was perfect one to grab (It was free, too. You can’t ask for more than that to try something new). The writing is fast paced ad engaging. I was surprised at how well the backstory led from the real world to the game world and found myself unable to put it down. The author did a perfect job of mixing in an enormous amount of detail of the game world while keeping the story flowing and engaging.
As I’ve come to expect for this genre now, there is a brief pause or slow down period when the character picks up an item or experience points, those are listed as they would in an actual game. While this could be distracting normally, I thought they were placed perfectly to slow the story down and give me a breather.
The characters are well done and relatable, as well as complex. As we follow the main character, he gives us a combination of seriousness and comedic take on the fictional world around him. I seriously loved the part where he first entered the world and the “little assassin.” I would explain it in greater detail, but I have a zero spoiler policy. Sorry. 🙂
Thanks to this author, I’ve found a new favorite genre and can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series.