My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Miki Jones lives a carefully controlled life. She eats healthy, takes kendo classes, always does her homework, and avoids taking risks following her mother’s death. That all changes after school one day when she sees a classmate’s deaf younger sister crossing the street into the path of an oncoming truck. She pushes the girl to safety only to be crushed herself. Bloody and dying in the street, Miki feels herself being torn from her body… only to be reborn in a field of grass, surrounded by other teens who tell her she’s in “the lobby” and is about to enter “the game.”
With no training and an unfamiliar weapon in her hand, Miki enters the world of the Drau – alien beings who are plotting to takeover the Earth in a few short years, unless the human progeny of an alien race the Drau formerly conquered can stop it. With a life con on her arm that shows her health rating and a vague understanding of the carefully constructed points system, Miki survives her first battle only to learn the hard way that if a player’s con goes red in the game, they die in real life.
Luka, a friend in real life, and Jackson Tate, the new boy in school, fight beside her. When she returns to reality to find herself whole, Miki has questions – most of which they can’t answer. She does know that if she is killed in the game she’ll respawn in reality under the wheels of the truck, and die in both worlds. She can be pulled at anytime, with no warning. As the Drau threat escalates and their missions become increasingly hazardous, Miki has to try harder to focus on protecting herself, instead of worrying about Jackson. He’s always said they’re not a team, and that it’s everyone for themselves in The Game. Yet, he always seems to be shielding her from harm…
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