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Sword Art Online 1: Aincrad

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In the year 2022, gamers rejoice as Sword Art Online - a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) like no other - debuts, allowing players to take full advantage of the ultimate in gaming technology: NerveGear, a system that allows users to completely immerse themselves in a wholly realistic gaming experience. But when the game goes live, the elation of the players quickly turns to horror as they ...

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Overview

Read the novel that ignited the phenomenon!

In the year 2022, gamers rejoice as Sword Art Online - a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) like no other - debuts, allowing players to take full advantage of the ultimate in gaming technology: NerveGear, a system that allows users to completely immerse themselves in a wholly realistic gaming experience. But when the game goes live, the elation of the players quickly turns to horror as they discover that, for all its amazing features, SAO is missing one of the most basic functions of any MMORPG - a log-out button. Now trapped in the virtual world of Aincrad, their bodies held captive by NerveGear in the real world, users are issued a chilling ultimatum: conquer all one hundred floors of Aincrad to regain your freedom. But in the warped world of SAO, "game over" means certain death - both virtual and real...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316371247
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Series: Sword Art Online Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 895
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Reki Kawahara is an award winning author best known for his light novel series, Sword Art Online and Accel World.

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  • Posted November 16, 2014

    Love this book I like it more then the anime, you really get to

    Love this book I like it more then the anime, you really get to know what Kirito is thinking by reading it rather then watching the anime. By the way the first 14 Episodes of the anime are based off 4 of the book not just two SAO vol.1, SAO vol.2, SAO vol,8 and SAO Progressive vol.1. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2014

    Sword Art Online is an amazing series and should be read by ever

    Sword Art Online is an amazing series and should be read by every fan of the anime or manga. Even those who know nothing about the series should pick up the book if they love a good story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    The source material for both the anime and the manga

    This light novel is highly recommended for all fans of the series. It primarily deals with Kirito and Asuna's relationship and their struggle to overcome the challenges of Sword Art Online together. It is very much focused on them and if you've seen the anime you will recognize the source material for several of the episodes.

    This is the first volume of the Aincrad arc. Volume 2 contains side stories and introduces Lisbeth, Silica and several other characters that Kirito and Asuna met during their time trapped in Aincrad.

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  • Posted August 29, 2014

    AMAZING START TO A SERIES!

    This is the start to the Sword Art Online and after reading it its not hard to believe they created both a manga and anime from it. It is really well written/translated and draws you into the world and mind of the main character. I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    Love This Series!

    This is the first book in the light novel series "Sword Art Online". The anime is a combination of the first two books and this one focuses more on the second half of the anime. I liked it much more than the anime. Reading from Kirito's perspective made the world feel more alive and I was really able to imagine what life would be like in SAO. The writing is very well done and it made it easy to immerse myself in the story. I strongly recommend all fans of SAO read this novel. I also recommend this novel to gamers, both console and computer MMO players. Happy reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    A noticeable chunk feels missing from what the second volume is

    A noticeable chunk feels missing from what the second volume is supposedly meant to fill in, but this is an otherwise magnificent novel. I feel that even critics of the anime will enjoy this wonderfully riveting and visceral experience. It's SAO as it was meant to be told.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Amazing! The best book I've been able to find!

    Amazing! The best book I've been able to find!

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

    If you liked the first half of the anime Sword Art Online then I

    If you liked the first half of the anime Sword Art Online then I think you'll definitely like this first novel. For me the book flowed much better than the episodes of the anime, letting everything make more sense and giving it greater flow. The love between Asuna and Kirito is so much more epic here in the novel. Certain side stories are not gone into as much detail as they were in the anime, so I expect they will appear in the release of the other novels. If your a big fan of the arc involving the doomed guild Kirito first joined you'll only find a two page mention in this book of what happened to them and the whole arc of Asuna and Kirito's "daughter" does not appear at all. Overall though I highly recommend this companion to anyone who enjoyed the anime or is interested in a sweet story of self discovery, heroism, and romance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    As someone who has seen the anime, well before the book I didn't

    As someone who has seen the anime, well before the book I didn't what to expect. I loved the concept of the story, but felt that the anime lacked, a lot of things. Almost instantly, I could start imaging the characters to life. The book was written in such a way, that it goes intro great depths, and really captivates it's reader. I felt that the light novel well exceeds the anime, in almost every single way. It made the characters seem alive, and made the world around them, become an image in our mind.

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