Blue Pills

Surreality is the most popular Massively Multiplayer Online Simulated Reality on Earth. With full sensory immersion indistinguishable from the real world, millions of people log on to experience its vast and fantastical dreamscape.

Maverick is one such ‘Blue Pill’, but for him the Everdream is no decadent fantasy. He sustains himself by gold farming, mining imaginary gold to exchange for Reality’s equally imaginary money.

It’s a dreary, grinding existence which thankfully comes to an end when he comes across an Adventurer named Vega. She enlists him for his mining skills in acquiring some of the most valuable treasure in Surreality. To his amazement they succeed, and soon set off on an even greater quest.

Unbeknownst to either of them, their success has humiliated and angered one of the most powerful players in the game. Desperate to avenge his humiliation and reclaim his lost prestige, he dreams up a plot that will not only put an end to their adventuring but change the very nature of Surreality forever.

My Opinion: What do you do with your life when you live in a VR game universe? What becomes important? Is virtual love possible? These are a few questions posed by the novel Blue Pills.

This is a pretty decent story. It won’t appeal to everyone however. One because it’s short. Two because there is some romance in the story. The story revolves around the two main character and what it means to be in love in a virtual world.

The game world is like the Oasis from Ready Player. There are multiple game genres in the same universe like: survival horror, apocalyptic, and sword and sorcery. This adds some variety to the types of quests the characters go on. I liked it.

Just a NSFW warning, there is a small sex scene at the beginning of chapter 2.  That is the only sex scene and I just skipped over it.

Score: 6 out of 10

Blue Pills