Sweep in Peace comes out tomorrow. For some explainable reason, I’ve had some anxiety about this release. Which is silly, because it was already up on the interwebs and people already read it. I took a day off yesterday. Instead of working I played the dwarf game – Huntor! – and binge watched the entire season of Kamisama Hajimemashita. It was adorable. It needed a little bit more carnage, but still adorable.
The beta feedback is coming in for Magic Stars and we will have to edit it today and get it off our plate and to the CE.
I’ve also read. I managed to finish a whole book, which is odd for me now, since I hate everything. Here we go:
A fast-paced and gripping near-future science fiction debut about the gritty world of competitive gaming…
Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV.
She’s died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier…
The RAGE tournaments—the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a no-holds-barred fight to the digital death. Every bloody kill is broadcast to millions. Every player is a modern gladiator—leading a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses.
And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real.
Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world—until one of her teammates overdoses. Now, she must confront the truth about the tournament. Because it is much more than a game—and even in the real world, not everything is as it seems.
The VGL hides dark secrets. And the only way to change the rules is to fight from the inside…
A very original concept. The VR doesn’t necessarily give you magical powers. Instead it lets you use your real life martial arts and weapon skills to effectively kill your opponents. It’s the ultimate gladiatorial combat, where fighters die every night in gory realistic ways, then they take off their VR helmets and give a press conference about why their team lost or won.
The RAGE tournament is a highly watched sport event, ruled by sponsors who own the teams. The behind the scenes atmosphere has an almost early Hollywood feel, where players are chosen for their abilities and looks, fake relationships are manufactured for the cameras, and nobody mentions the ugly things, like the rampant VR drug usage among players and a growing number of psychological problems. In this world, everyone has a role to play and Kali Ling, the half-Chinese, half-White protagonist, must decide what her role should be. Will she play ball as the first female Team Captain in the history of the sport or will she find her way and make the real world death of her teammate mean something?
The book comments on our cult of celebrity, addresses addiction, has a strong romance arc, and starts with a bang. It’s very well written and I tore through it fast. However, a fair warning: it is not HEA (Happily Ever After) or HFN (Happily For Now.) It’s to be continued.
A curious thing about this book is that there is no real villain. There is a manager who is the living representation of corporate world, and there is the opposing team, who are a challenge rather than actual villains. At the core, this is a book about a twenty year old woman’s self-discovery, as she battles her addiction, tries to figure out who she is, and returns to her parents’ religion (Taoism) in an effort to get a better grip on life. It would make an awesome futuristic sports movie and Gordon and I would totally watch it. So, interesting book and people will likely talk about it in 2016.
As always, Your Mileage May Vary, so don’t preorder blindly. Here is Holly’s website. Holly, if you are reading this, put an excerpt on your site, heh. I have nothing to link to.
Well, I am off to edit this novella. 😀