Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Book Review: Epic by Conor Kostick

Epictakes place on New Earth, a place where there is no violence, at least not physically. There is a new way of resolving conflicts without resorting to violence. Epic. Epic is a computer/virtual reality game that allows for problems to be solved peacefully (albeit by virtual battles amongst players). This solution to violence, however, comes with its own set of problems. New Earth is governed by an elite group known as Central Allocations (CA). CA characters in Epic are so powerful that no one challenges them (or their corrupt practices), let alone defeats them! Until now.


While this book sounded a little too sci-fi for me, I was actually drawn into the action and adventure elements. It was not bogged down by scientific explanations and technical jargon, though my unfamiliarity with gaming was a slight drawback. I enjoyed the book, but I don't know that I learned anything from it.

s-factor: !
Very little swearing (if any). (Favorite curse phrase: Blood and vengeance!)

mrg-factor: none.

v-factor: -> -> ->
Some violence (in a gaming context) but not graphic or gratuitous.

Overall rating: * * *

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