Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mindwar: Review

From Goodreads:
Rick Dial has the potential to be a hero. He just doesn't know it yet.

Rick's high school football team couldn't be stopped when he was leading them as their quarterback. He was going to Syracuse on a scholarship. But then his dad abandoned them and a terrible accident left him crippled.

Certain his old life is completely lost, Rick spends months hiding away in his room playing video games. He achieves the highest scores on so many games that he's approached by a government agency who claims to be trying to thwart a cyber attack on America that would destroy the technological infrastructure of the entire country. The agents say that the quick-thinking of a quarterback coupled with Nick's gaming experience make him perfect for this assignment. The problem is that there are no extra lives and this isn't just a game . . . but Rick doesn't have many other options at the moment.

Entering "The Realm" gives Rick the one thing he thought he'd never have again: a body that's as fast and as strong as he ever was before the accident. But the more time he spends in The Realm, the more questions he has. What secrets are these agents keeping from him? What really happened to his father? How many others have gone into The Realm already . . . and failed? And perhaps most important, is he the hero they think he is?

My Review:
What an incredible book! Interesting, with a wonderful plot, it was like a mix of Insignia and Spy Kids 3 the movie, and Rick, the guy every other one wanted to be, until his dad left and he was injured. Which is why this book was so conflicting, because The Realm lets him have most of what he lost-but at a price.

Oh, how I loved the twists and turns of this book! I would things would be going one way, and then Wham! Totally new direction, but if I'd been paying better attention (but hey, it's me, I don't get those details the 1sti time around, and sometimes not even the 2nd) I might have been able to guess. Might.

I really enjoyed The Realm, the detail that went into it, it was very realistic, and interesting, if life threatening, and it had it's little quirks, like the maybe, maybe not belief that if you died in the Realm, you soul would be stuck there forever.

And since it's a first book in a series, yeah, there are some threads that aren't tied off quite yet. But the ones that were? Just awesome how they were tied, or left untied, because that's going to help fuel the plot for the next book!

Oh, I really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to read more!!!

Author: Andrew Klavan
Series: Mindwar #1
Read: July 14th, 2014
Source: YA Bound Book Tours Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded like a great book, reminded me a bit of Insignia! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Published: July 1st 2014
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
4/5 Stars

Andrew Klavan is a best-selling, award-winning thriller novelist whose books have been made into major motion pictures. He broke into the YA scene with the bestselling Homelanders series, starting with The Last Thing I Remember.He is also a screenwriter and scripted the innovative movie-in-an-app Haunting Melissa.

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