Mindwar by Andrew Klavan
Rating: 4 bookmarks (Compelling, a page turner.)
*I received a free copy from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.*
Goodreads Summary: 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 Rick’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?
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book because to me, it seemed like a book geared toward more of a male video-game loving audience. I want to apologize right now for judging this book in that way because it completely wasn’t. While I loved this book, I’m pretty sure I could hand it to my game obsessed little brother and he would also love it. The author has a way of pleasing and capturing every kind of audience with this book. I loved the creative chapter names such as tutorial and boss level, or different video games, and I also liked that it was a book from a teen guy’s perspective, which I feel like is rare. If you’re looking for a fast-paced, interesting book that leaves you wanting more then you should pick this up. I’ve already added the sequel to my Goodreads page and I can’t wait to read it next March.