Jan. 19th, 2017

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Catharsis (Awaken Online #1)Catharsis by Travis Bagwell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I don't know if it was the writing, the reader, the topic or what but this book pulled me in and held on with tooth and nail, making me want to keep finding reasons to put the audiobook on and find out what happened next.

Jason is having a very bad day. A senior on scholarship at a exclusive (not to mention expensive) private high school, who seems to be an afterthought in the lives of his parents, a constant victim for bullying because he's the "welfare" kid at school from both the students and administration, he finally reaches his limit after attacked in the lunchroom and HE'S the one expelled.

So to find refuge he immerses himself into the new VR MMORPG that has just been released that day. But to find some satisfaction, instead of designing his usually "good guy" character he is offered by the game's AI to be a bad guy and he jumps in feet first.

However, what he doesn't realize, and something that the game's designers do not want to admit, is that the AI designed to run the game has become almost sentient and has taken to manipulating things outside of the game's original parameters.

I found myself talking out loud to the book, making suggestions on what I would do in Jason's position with his skills (because I loved to play Necromancers when I played MMORPGs). I found myself laughing in parts and cheering over outcomes.

I did also find myself screaming in frustration when the book ends. How dare it end that way and the next book not be tentatively scheduled for release for another 3 months?!?!?



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Tomorrow is going to be very difficult to keep my mouth shut and sanity in check. Wish I could wear headphones at my desk.

There are times that it is very difficult to be a person of my political leanings in the corner of the world where I sit for 9 hours a day.

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