Multiplayerby John C. Brewer
Hector West prefers the online world of the post-apocalyptic game Omega Wars over real life. There, through his character, Izaak Ersatz, Hector can be himself, with no one telling him where he can go or who he can hang out with, and most importantly, without the harsh reality of death - a reality he knows only too well after his father was killed in Iraq. When Izaak is robbed by a gamer known only by the screen name Mal-X, Hector abandons his usual questing and assembles his on-line friends to find the cheater and take revenge. But after Hector discovers that Mal-X and his clan aren't gamers at all, the virtual world turns deadly in real life, and the race is on to stop Mal-X and his evil plan before the apocalypse of Omega Wars becomes a reality.
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.83(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 Years
Meet the Author
Author John Brewer claims to have once been a time-traveling Shaolin monk, but after taking an arrow to the knee he retired to become a biker, physicist, soccer player, movie-aficiando, rocket scientist, dad and husband. And somewhere in there, he writes books. John fills his novels with interesting characters in difficult situations. From a teen facing his worst fears in a video-game, to a scientist trapped into developing a tyrannical state’s nuclear capabilities, to environmentalism run amok, his books raise questions about the development and use of technology in society, wrapped in action-packed adventures that leave readers on the edge of their seats.
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You should read this book because it will be a movie. Not only was imagining and creating this plot ingenious, the story flows easily and is enthralling reading. You will take it with you when you get up to go to the bathroom. People that normally care for non-fiction over fiction will enjoy this one.
I am not a teen boy, or a player of these online reality games, so wasn't sure I would enjoy this. But the story grabs you from the start and keeps you eagerly turning page after page! I finished it in less than four days, can't wait for the next one in the series.
A VERY good read! Multiplayer a well-paced story that plays out in the reader's head like watching a movie. The author did an exquisite job with characterization and the development of interpersonal relationships between the characters, despite the challenging subject matter and unique balance of in and out of game interactions. They were neither overly cheery nor overly dark, but realistic. The characters are troubled and struggle to fit into the expectations that both their friends and society have of them without falling into the realm of "cookie-cutter" -- a refreshing change in a sea of carbon-copy YA novels. These are truly ordinary kids placed into an extraordinary situation, and Mr. Brewer does an incredible job of making the reader feel as though they are along for the ride. Multiplayer is an edge-of-your-seat page turner that will leave you hungry for more. I hope the sequal stands up to this one!
Great story for boys
I love playing video games, so it was fun entering a video game world. I liked the gaming lingo sprinkled throughout. I don't play MMOs so a few were unfamiliar. So looking up their meaning was educational and good for future online gaming use. One of the plots of this novel is Hector coming to terms with his father's death and moving on. However, his hatred of the Middle East, while to a point understandable, was overdone. His repetitious, adamant statements of hate-filled prejudice dragged on for 3/4 of the book. He was unreasonable. Had his father been murdered in the streets of the USA, would he have hated every American? I doubt it. I wish he would have grown as a character sooner. It just showed the depth of his immaturity and ignorance. Yet it's not to say that Hector is a bad kid. He shows that deep down he has a good heart - by discussing what plans he had before his dad died, by displaying guilt (albeit briefly) after he did or said things he knew were actually wrong. Also in how he responded when his first impressions of the other characters in his class proved wrong. He befriended them, realizing they were so much more than his perceived stereotype. He's just blinded by hate and heartache, so it took him a long time to get there. Maybe too long... In this regard, he came across kind of young, especially when he stuck his tongue out at his sister, or when his mother kissed his forehead and cleaned his wounds. He also wasn't very bright for all his second-hand military knowledge. I put the puzzle pieces together long before he did. There were some spelling errors, and at times, overuse of the word "pwn." The writing was not as descriptive as it could have been. Most of it was surface description, weapon and tech babble. Yet the locale of the story was different and interesting. There were bits of suspense and intrigue, in the real world as well as the world of Omega Wars. In addition to the main plot, the book highlighted math's importance and usefulness quite frequently, so that it seemed like a subplot. The climax (especially one of the villains) as well as the actual ending was very Hollywood and quite ridiculous. Yet Multiplayer, despite its flaws, was a fun read. I received a free copy from the author for a fair and honest review.
If you love history & science fiction this book is perfect for anybody who loves science fiction. The plot is beautifully written. The plot is very exciting! I could not put this book down! I loved it all! You must read it!!! The characters are also cleverly writte. Read this book today!