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Gamers

4.6 10
by Thomas K. Carpenter
 

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Two points for brushing your teeth. Ten points for keeping your room tidy. Seventy-two points for the Bioeconomic Game Design pop quiz on the ride to school in your personal FunCar. Another thirty for making every hurdle in gym class.

Life is a game, unless you're not the one winning.

Gabby DeCorte, top student and reality-hacker

Overview

Two points for brushing your teeth. Ten points for keeping your room tidy. Seventy-two points for the Bioeconomic Game Design pop quiz on the ride to school in your personal FunCar. Another thirty for making every hurdle in gym class.

Life is a game, unless you're not the one winning.

Gabby DeCorte, top student and reality-hacker extraordinaire, has been doing whatever it takes to keep her best friend, Zaela, from falling behind in LifeGame. Zaela has gifts of artistry that amaze Gabby, but none of those skills translate in LifeGame and with final exams coming up, they can't afford to waste a single minute. But when a mysterious group called the Frags contacts Gabby claiming to know what really happens to the losers of LifeGame, she must choose between winning and what she believes in.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012448248
Publisher:
Black Moon Books
Publication date:
05/20/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
782,417
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Thomas K. Carpenter’s young adult trilogy, Gamers, has been called a cross between The Hunger Games and the Uglies trilogies by reviewers. His best selling short stories and novels can be found at all major online retailers. He lives in St. Louis with his wife, two kids, and one oafishly large labrador retriever. Visit him online at www.thomaskcarpenter.com.

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Gamers 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Hengst More than 1 year ago
For being yet another dystopian society story, featuring an authoritarian government and a young heroine, I was mildly surprised with this story. Despite some obvious comparisons to the Hunger Games, Thomas Carpenter has actually crafted a relatively unique story and setting. Gabby DeCorte is a Gamer through and through which is why she excels at LifeGame, a game which encompasses all of her life and activities, as well as those of everybody within the Greater States of America (GSA). Everything from brushing one's teeth to doing homework is scored and the score is tracked throughout your life. A high score nabs you a great job and future, while a low score.....well nobody is quite certain what happens to those with low scores. Gabby DeCorte is quickly paired with a group calling themselves the Frags, as group determined to undermine the all powerful GSM and in the process determine what happens to those who get low LifeGame score and seem to vanish. All of this while dealing with being a teenager, going to school, dealing with bullies and of course guys. What follows is a unique coming of age story in a harsh future where everything is a game and nobody necessarily ever stops playing long enough to have fun. The characters are relatively well-written and the pacing in the book is such that it makes for a very fast read. There are some formatting issues and some typos, at least in the digital version. All of this and arguably one of the worst looking book covers I have seen in some time. In fact if I had not read the synopsis of the book first, I likely never would have read it. Sadly the cover artwork proceeds to get even worse. Ultimately for a young adult story, Gamers is easily accessible and engaging from start to finish. Fortunately all three books have been released, as this story ends rather abruptly.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Laura Carter for Readers Favorite When life is a game high school takes on a whole new purpose. Learning the skills needed to play LifeGame and earning points are the main aims. After all, only the top scoring 15 girls and boys from each high school will get to go to university. All the others will be placed in the jobs that nobody wants. Or will they? When top student Gabby DeCorte meets a group of people who call themselves Frags, she discovers what really happens to those who lose the game. Now the stakes have been raised, and with the school's final raid drawing ever closer, Gabby must make sure that both she and her best friend Zeala have enough points to be in the top 15. Or they might disappear, forever. To make things even harder, it is starting to look as if someone wants Gabby to lose. This was an enjoyable book. It was an interesting read and a good opening to a trilogy. The world of "Gamers" is well-developed and there are lots of descriptions of all the technology and the games. The characters felt a little underdeveloped and lots of questions were asked in the book that remained unanswered at the end. This is the first in a trilogy though, so it is likely that those two small problems will be resolved in the next book. And there is also the start of a romance that I hope to see developed. A large percentage of this book focuses on the final raid; a game designed like a fantasy complete with giants and a quest to kill a dragon and I loved the change into a more fantasy-based plo that this has. This book felt like a cross between "Uglies" by Scott Westerfeld and "Divergent" by Veronica Roth, so fans of those books will enjoy "Gamers". I would also recommend this book to fans of dystopian fiction and fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding book It ha love commpasion the book just has over all feeling. If your looking for a book that has a good sense of feeling and action this is the book for you. ITS Hard for me to like books but this book is one of the very few to get me to like the book tell other's and read the triology and re-read if even after im down with the book over all outstanding book you would love this book and Advice to the Author Instead of keeping this work out art of a book self published make it public published its going to be a smash hit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Zoesbookreviews More than 1 year ago
I loved the ideas that school and life were one big game that to survive you had to keep your life score up. My favorite character was probaly Zaela because I can relate to her a little bit. Gabby is top student and she is wonderful at hacking. She and her best friend Zaela must work hard to stay at the top but, when she gets in a hacked fun car she meets the Frags. Gabby must choose between the university or the frags. If you like science fiction this is a really good book to read. Thomas has a wonderful imagination that leads the book to a place that you do not expect.
syrimne More than 1 year ago
I loved this book...to me it was one of those books where you think it's going to be about the premise (which was cool in and of itself), but it really ends up being so much more than that, not only in terms of plot but in the people. The characters really got under my skin and felt very realistic to me, which isn't always the case in books of this kind. In terms of the premise, Gabby's world is pretty much of the logical extension of where we are heading now. It's a virtual reality type landscape, where instead of attending school the way children do now, they essentially are playing one giant video game in order to earn point thresholds that might allow them to make it into university. Carpenter does a great job setting up the world in the first part of the book, and establishing the main character, Gabby, as one of the ambitious overachievers in her class...yet also hinting she's not above a little hacking and game manipulation to help out her friends...especially those who struggle to maintain the high scores that come so easily to her, due to her high thoughts per second (TPS) scores. But then the story goes into a totally different direction, with a mystery thrown Gabby's way about the true purpose of the game, and what's really at stake for those who don't make it to "university." Wrapped into all of this is a lot of action and quirky characters, especially the frags who live outside the society, and the surprising depth behind one of the "mean girl" characters who seems totally different when you first meet her in the book. A really great read, and I'll definitely be looking for the sequel. There is still so much I want to know about the world. While it resolved well for a book one, a ton of mysteries remain as to who really runs the world and what will happen with the frags and the other kids who don't make it into university (and those who do). There are also a lot of great villains and potential villains...one character in particular who could go either way...so really left on a highly suspenseful note.
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I haven't actually read the book yet, just the sample, but I can already tell it will be a fun and funny book. Also, if you don't understand terms such as newb/noob/n00b, BFG, DoT, and other internet and gamer related terms, you will not understand as much of the humor and context of this book.