Arena

Arena

Book - 2016
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"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.."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101988763
1101988762
Branch Call Number: F JENNI-H
Characteristics: 325 pages ; 24 cm

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romance_nerd Aug 25, 2017

Holly Jennings has created a great world in Arena and I loved how she really flipped gaming on it's head. I can totally see this future coming true once the technology is there. Having gamers be the most popular celebrities was a great idea! Kali was a very enjoyable narrator because she was real; she makes mistakes, says stupid things, has real emotions and struggles with things just like everyone else. I'm not a big fan of first person narratives but the action and world building kept this story very interesting for me. I also liked the developing love story between Kali and Rooke.

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bookycakes
May 13, 2017

Although the dialogue was lacking at times, just a little bit predictable, I really enjoyed this one. I went in thinking it would be all about the game, but it was more of a tug of war between the virtual reality and the effects that being immersed in a false world can have on someone's perception of the real world. It was a very realistic picture of where our own society could find itself in the future, with athlete gamers abusing drugs to keep themselves in a world where they can never truly die. Very interesting, intense at times, and a solid choice if you're looking for some light sci-fi that has potential to be reality.

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Benvolia
Oct 01, 2016

Benvolia thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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romance_nerd Aug 25, 2017

Other: Drug abuse is pretty prevalent in this book

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