Overview

CTRL + ALT + DEL YOUR LIFE Etsuro Sakagami is a college freshman who simply drifts through life, but when he logs on to the combat MMO Versus Town, he becomes Tetsuo, a karate champ on his way to becoming the most powerful martial artist around. While his relationship with new classmate Fumiko goes nowhere, Etsuro spends his days and nights online in search of the invincible Ganker Jack. Drifting between the virtual and the real, will Etsuro ever be ready to face his most ...
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Overview

CTRL + ALT + DEL YOUR LIFE Etsuro Sakagami is a college freshman who simply drifts through life, but when he logs on to the combat MMO Versus Town, he becomes Tetsuo, a karate champ on his way to becoming the most powerful martial artist around. While his relationship with new classmate Fumiko goes nowhere, Etsuro spends his days and nights online in search of the invincible Ganker Jack. Drifting between the virtual and the real, will Etsuro ever be ready to face his most formidable opponent?
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Gr 7 Up—In real life (RL), he is Etsuro Sakagami, a directionless slacker of a college student, floating through life without any real ambitions or even connections to those around him. Online he is Tetsuo, a fighter in "Versus Town," a virtual combat game. As Tetsuo, he has purpose and ambition (though still no interpersonal connections). He wants to be the best fighter in Versus Town. To do so, he must win the annual tournament, defeating the Big Four. But both of Etsuro's worlds are shaken by new arrivals—in RL by Fumiko, an attractive, conscientious student, and Versus Town by Ganker Jack, a mysterious and seemingly unbeatable fighter who attacks only the best combatants. Combined, the two newcomers may be either Etsuro's downfall or his salvation. The young man's ennui comes through very clearly—so clearly in fact that it is difficult for readers to care any more about him than he cares about real life. He is just not a very likable character. The online combat scenes provide some tension and excitement but most of the story is comprised of tedious descriptions of button-pushing and joystick movements. The protagonist's introspective musings on life are not only boring but also philosophically suspect. Even hardcore gamers will have trouble making it through this novel.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421539560
  • Publisher: VIZ Media
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 295,830
  • File size: 884 KB

Meet the Author

Hiroshi Sakurazaka was born in 1970. After a career in information technology, he published his first novel, Wizards’ Web, in 2003. His 2004 short story, “Saitama Chainsaw Massacre,” won the 16th SF Magazine Reader’s Award. His other novels include Slum Online and Characters (cowritten with Hiroki Azuma).

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