Rick Dial was a star quarterback for his Putnam Hills High School team until a car accident crushed his legs and made him dependent on crutches to even hobble 100 meters. Unsure of who he is without his athleticism, and embarrassed by his physical weakness, Rick retreats to the safety of his bedroom where he throws himself into video games and masters them. One day, while hobbling down the street, he is abducted by a government agency who convince him that the skills he displays during video play; coolness, quick thinking, and fearlessness are exactly the skills they need to combat a Russian cyberthreat to America known as the Realm. They want Rick to enter the Realm, and defeat the crazy genius who is masterminding the plot to control and disrupt American computer systems.
The biggest drawback is that, although Rick's body is fully functioning within the Realm, any injuries he sustains while in there are real, and when he withdraws from the Realm, the injuries remain. If he is killed while inside the Realm, he will remain in a coma forever in the real world. In spite of the very real threats to his existence, Rick realizes that this is a battle he has to face.
This is book one of a trilogy, guaranteed to be loved by those who enjoyed The Matrix or Ender's Game.
I picked this book up because I enjoyed MacHale's Pendragon series, and I love science fiction.
Tucker is the back up player for a senior tailback named Marty Wiggins, and Tucker is one of the last people to talk to Wiggins before he dies on the football field of unknown causes. Freaked out by what Wiggins said and how he looked, Tucker convinces his best friend, Quinn Carr to go for a late night bike ride. The boys see some kind of huge dark shadow out over the water, and then witness an incredible explosion. The next day, military personal descend onto their island, and quarantine the entire island indefinitely. Shortly after that, a second citizen dies in a similar fashion to Wiggins. The boys want answers, but no one is giving them any.
This is a fast moving adventure - one that I think decent male readers will enjoy.
Sometimes it's the simplest things that are life-changing.
Mila and her best friend end up both liking the same new boy at school, so when Kaylee picks up Hunter on the side of the road, she forces Mila into the back of the pickup. Some intentional rough driving throws Mila from the truck, and rips her arm, exposing not tissues and tendons, but wires and white fluid. Mila finds out from her "mom" that she is really a Mobile Intel LIfelike Android. The problem is... she doesn't feel like a machine. Shortly after the truck incident, Mila and her mom are attacked by agents they mistakenly believe are military men, and then they realize more than one group is after them.
Mila 2.0 is well written, fast -paced and very engaging. Even as I was admiring her machine-like efficiency, my heart was breaking for her circumstance. Thoroughly enj
Middle School former Teacher Librarian - then MYP math and science. Update... VERY recently retired! Still adjusting that I'm not just on summer vacation!!!
Just didn't enjoy it as much as Shadow and Bone. I just felt like the author was really trying a bit too hard to draw this story out. I was able to put it down several times and I couldn't put Shadow and Bone down so there's the differen...
The Grisha triology is a fantasy series that I really enjoyed. I reread the last book because I thought I wasn't remembering something. I'm a bit confused because I've started King of Scars and Nikolai isn't as I remembered. Don't want...
by Tahereh Mafi
I’m not usually someone who enjoys a story that is predominantly about the attraction between two people BUT I did like this one. The setting is one year after 9/11 and 16 year old Shirin, an American born Muslim whose family moves freq...
I love a good mystery, and although I correctly guessed the murderer in the first chapter, I still thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns.