Sunday, July 6, 2014
Mindwar by Andrew Klavan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Rick has withdrawn into his room and online gaming in order to escape two catastrophes that happened close together. His father suddenly left his family to return to a college girlfriend and a car accident that seriously injured his legs and stopped his football plans. He is avoiding his old friends and his girlfriend in order to wallow in his own misery. During a walk that his brother and mother guilt tripped him into, he is abducted and told he is the nation’s best chance against a new threat. The Realm was created so that terrorists could attack real people through cyber space. This Mindwar may seem like any other computer game, but if a person is injured or dies in The Realm their body is also affected in the real world. These agents would like Rick to help them, but since he may lose more than a game it is completely voluntary. Can Rick confront his deepest fears and survive The Realm?
Mindwar is the first book in a new series by Andrew Klavan. There is a lot of world building and character development in this book and Klavan does a great job of still including a strong story with a definite ending. Many questions are left unanswered and there are a lot of avenues for the story to branch out and develop. Readers will want to follow the adventures to come and Klavan has opened the way for a prequel series with some of the supporting characters.
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