May 8, 2017

Book Review: Gauntlet

Kali Ling isn’t afraid of dying. She’s been killed hundreds of times in hundreds of different ways. And she knows there are things much more terrifying than death…

There’s a new game in town. A brutal, winner-takes-all, international video game tournament between the world’s most elite players, promising fame, prestige, and unbelievable fortune. But there’s a catch. The game uses new VR pods guaranteed to push digital warriors to their physical and psychological brink—adapting every time a gamer makes a move.

As the first female captain and youngest team owner in VGL history, Kali is used to defying the odds. But as the all-star tournament heats up, her determination begins to waver and the pressures of media, sponsors, and the game itself begin to put cracks in her hard-set convictions.

If Kali’s Team Defiance is to survive, they’ll have to find a way to be stronger than ever before. But battling the system may prove too difficult for even the most hardened of fighters…

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I enjoy reading the occasional science fiction as long as it concentrates more on the people then the science itself.   And GAUNTLET does just that and wonderfully.

Kali really shook up the gaming industry when she brought out fact that industry feels that the gamers themselves are expendable.  Because of her revelations,  a new type of VR pod has been designed which is supposed to be safer for the gamer.  And there is a tournament to welcome the new pod.

GAUNTLET focuses on Kali but we also get the chance to really know her team as they work through the challenges thrown their way.  They all have hidden strengths and fears that are brought into the limelight during the tournament.

I really think that any of my readers who enjoy character driven sci-fi would love this book and in fact, this series.  There is a lot of violence within the game so be forewarned.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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