by Holly Jennings


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ISBN-13: 9781101988954
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: Arena Series , #2
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 395,125
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Holly Jennings is a lifelong gamer who has spent innumerable hours playing World of Warcraft and Call of Duty. She is the author of the Arena novels, including Gauntlet and Arena.

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Gauntlet 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
The sequel to Holly Jennings' futuristic debut is finally here! Gauntlet revives with the fierce warrior, Kali Ling, taking over duties as owner of her team Defiance. Not only is she now in control of her team's sponsorships, image, and morale, when the team is invited to a new international all-star league tournament, she still has to play as team captain. The road to victory is even more treacherous as Kali's enemies form not just inside the virtual games, but also in real life. Kali is still the leader we love to cheer on. Even more so in Gauntlet than in Arena, because this time her teammates are in the crossfire. Before, Kali struggled with addiction to virtual reality, but with Tamachi Industries' new virtual pods playing the game for extended periods of time is safer. Standing up to the VGL and pointing out their unsafe practices in Arena brings consequences that manifest throughout the competition. Her team's morale begins to fall along with their performance and their personal relationships. When I started Gauntlet I honestly didn't know if I was going to gobble it up like candy or drag through it. I genuinely wanted a follow-up to Kali's story, but I couldn't fathom it taking on a completely separate form from the first novel. In the beginning it seemed to take on a similar path as Arena as readers are taken into a career boosting tournament with Defiance. However, Holly Jennings does that indescribable thing she does where by the end of the story I saw so many ups, downs, twists and turns that the end point is not where I expected to find myself. To have such sophisticated plot lines in a story about characters playing video games is an art and Jennings is a master artist. Gauntlet broadened the science-fiction aspect of this series and seemed to spend more time in Kali's real futuristic world. The introduction of international teams widens our view of her reality and presents challenges for Defiance in terms of measuring their strength and capability to function as a team. The Arena series and reached a new level and I can't wait to see further progress! *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so excited in the beginning of this one because I loved the idea of the new game and I was really hoping we would see something interesting with the AI component. However, I’m almost half way through and the game play is minimal and the whole story is about the personal problems the Defiance team is going through. I just couldn’t take another problem, news/gossip story, or chance for Kali to struggle over what was right for the team. I’m really mad over how Rook is being portrayed in this one.