When Rick lost the ability to run, he came one step closer to becoming a hero.
New High Score! New Record Time!
Rick nodded with grim satisfaction. He laid the game controller aside on the sofa and reached for his crutches.
Rick Dial was the best quarterback Putnam Hills High School had ever seen. Unflappable. Unstoppable. Number 12. But when a car accident left him crippled, Rick’s life as he knew it ended. He disavowed his triumphant past. He ignored his girlfriend. He disappeared into his bedroom—and into the glowing video screen.
But Rick’s uncanny gaming skills have attracted attention. Dangerous attention. Government agents have uncovered a potentially devastating cyber-threat: a Russian genius has created a digital reality called the Realm, from which he can enter, control, and disrupt American computer systems . . . from transportation to defense. The agents want Rick, quick-thinking quarterback and gaming master, to enter the Realm and stop the madman—before he sends America into chaos.
Entering the Realm will give Rick what he thought he’d never have again: a body as strong and fast as it was before the accident. But this is no game, there are no extra lives, and what happens to Rick in the Realm happens to Rick’s body in reality.
Even after Rick agrees to help, he can’t shake the sense that he’s being kept in the dark. Why would a government agency act so aggressively? Can anyone inside the Realm be trusted? How many others have entered before him . . . and failed to return?
In the tradition of Ender’s Game and The Matrix, MindWar is a complex thriller about a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers a hidden gift—a gift that could make him a hero . . . or cost him everything.
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Bought as gift for 13 year old. She loved it. I've bought her the next two for her birthday. She was extremely pleased.
The trilogy is a worthy successor to Klavan's previous young people's fiction - the plot lines and characters develop and grow, surprises lurk around every corner, and though this is a cliche the books really are page turners; from the young disillusioned mind's first entry into an ugly mind, to the somewhat Potter-esque finish, a very fine work. I hope to see more from Klavan and to see these fine works rendered in visual media.
I loved this book so much that I finished the book in one day, actually it took me about 6 to 7 hrs total. Once Rick decided to leave the house until the end I was totally into the book, and just couldn't put it down. It was just an adventure, and one awesome ride. I loved his kid brother Raider so much, I just loved how much he loves and looks up to his big brother. And I loved that Rick even thou his really upset with what happened to him that he tried so hard not to be hateful and mean to his little brother. I loved the game world that Rick went into, and the creepy creatures he encountered while in that world. I love the characters of Mariel and Fabian that he meet along the way, who really helped him a lot while he was in the game world. I really can't wait to find out more about those two, who are they really, and how did they end up in the game world. I really didn't like Mars at all, and was so happy that Rick said what he did to him towards the end of the book. I really can't wait to find out what happens next in the story. I received this book to review from the Publisher by the way of NetGalley. For just agreeing to read the book and give them my honest opinion on how I felt about the book. And am so happy that I loved it so much. I will definitely read the next book which I have on my trbl, and recommend it to other people to read as well.