Rick awakes from a nightmare with scratches on his arm, scratches he knows came from the nightmare itself. A nightmare in which he’s trapped in The Realm, a video game world created by a terrorist that Rick has been tasked with destroying from the inside. Only now it seems Kurodar, the creator of The Realm, has Rick in his sights and is using his mind to further his plan for destruction. Rick must find a way to destroy The Realm before Kurodar overtakes him.
I was a little nervous about reading this book since it’s the third and final tale in a series I hadn’t read before. Turns out, I had nothing to worry about. Not only did I have no trouble following the story, I liked it enough that I’d probably go back and read the earlier books.
The characters were different from each other and interesting. Their relationships were complex and felt real and compelling, from minor characters like Miss Ferris all the way to Rick and Molly. There were some moments where things were summarized and we’re told this or that about a character, for instance, about Kurodar’s relationship with his father. In a story less intriguing, I might have minded that, because it can be kind of jarring to be pulled out of the story for a little here’s-what’s-going-on spiel. But honestly, I didn’t mind it here because I really wanted to know what would happen.
If you liked Ready Player One or Nirvana (or read my reviews of them and though the concept of a video game arena affecting reality sounded awesome) then you should definitely read this book. The Christian themes are strong and at moments possibly a bit cheesy, but again, I’ll be honest and say I found the frankness of the spiritual theme kind of refreshing as I’ve read several Christian novels by Christian publishers lately with only the barest whisper of faith in them.
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Rick continues to wrestle with his feelings about his father’s previous disappearance. He realizes his dad’s faith in God is real and his own desperate circumstances rekindle his own faith.
Monsters cross from The Realm into the real world, attacking a military base and killing some soldiers. When the monsters are killed, they evaporate. Rick has to face a fearsome monster in The Realm.
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