Three years ago Grant Legate lost that which he loved most. His carefully built life fell apart in the wake of depression. The future is filled with self-driving cars, virtual realities, chore completing machines, and super fast internet connections. Yet, a man’s spirit isn’t so easy for science to heal.
Now Grant spends most days working endless hours as a companion to an AI. Their mission is simple, to repair broken machines that humanity uses to visit virtual realities. Unintended hard work pays off as his boss forces Grant to take a vacation and try the latest game craze - Continue Online, a fantasy world with the freedom to play any role one might choose.
My Opinion: Not your standard LitRPG. You still have levels, skills, magic, NPCs etc. However the main character explores these things from a unique point of view (I don’t want to spoil the story by describing how though). While there are action/fight scenes they are rare. The novel explores both the emotional and psychological effects of being able live in a new VR world. It is an utterly fascinating story.
Update: Book 3 moves Grant to a new virtual reality game where he gets to play as a mechanoid, a android player race. Super fun story that has more action but still continues the storyline with the A.I.'s in the world.
Score: 8 out of 10