Nov 13, 2016

Book Review: Arena

A fast-paced and gripping near-future science fiction debut about the gritty world of competitive gaming...
Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV.
She’s died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier...
The RAGE tournaments—the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a no-holds-barred fight to the digital death. Every bloody kill is broadcast to millions. Every player is a modern gladiator—leading a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses.

And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real.

Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world—until one of her teammates overdoses. Now, she must confront the truth about the tournament. Because it is much more than a game—and even in the real world, not everything is as it seems.

The VGL hides dark secrets. And the only way to change the rules is to fight from the inside..

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This book definitely fits into the sci-fi genre with the virtual gaming but to me it is more of a coming of age tale.   To achieve her dreams, Kali has to learn to accept herself and reality.

Kali has always wanted to be a gamer and not happy unless she was in VR.  Unfortunately once she lost one of her teammates to a drug overdose, she started having problems with blackouts and not being able to sleep without drugs.   Another teammate tells her about the Virtual Gaming League's dark little secret of addiction and abuse.  

I really enjoyed ARENA.  I enjoyed watching Kali and her team discover their strengths and how to work as a real team, as a family.  The book goes to show how one person or one team can make a difference in the world.

I highly recommend ARENA to any of my readers who enjoy character based sci-fi or who enjoy gaming.  This book is sure to keep you entranced from the very first page to the very satisfying conclusion.

*** 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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