Locked inside an unreleased game awaits a world of untapped possibility--and consequences.
Gerard is a would-be scientist, not a soldier, but his father is nowhere near fit for the open-ended rescue mission into the Parallel, a hyperrealistic VR world that was stolen for government applications from genius game developer Ned Dixon. As a fan of Dixon's immersive and often twisted worlds, Gerard thinks he knows what he's getting himself into by taking his father's place, but within the Parallel awaits an infinite number of sinister surprises.
The mission is simple: Play through the deadly game's storyline to save the living researchers trapped within. Not so simple? Dealing with a snarky A.I. who knows Gerard doesn't belong and fending off the monstrous angels Dixon programmed to make the crew's job as difficult as possible.
My Opinion: 239 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited
This is technically LitRPG. It’s a sci-fi story that by the 16% mark is in the Infinite Reality full immersion game. The setup is overly complicated but does a good job at world building. Most of that goes to waste since the majority of the story takes place in-game, but the game does have RPG mechanics, sort ot. The main character (MC) and his team level up as the story goes on. There are also several looks at character sheets, item descriptions, and monsters with levels and HP. However, outside those informational aspects, there’s no other actual game mechanics of any kind. The story on the whole, feels more like a space sci-fi story with maybe a trapped in the game theme. This is especially the case after the 70% mark when even that game aspect disappears for the most part.
Storywise, it’s trapped in the game with a chosen one aspect. The MC joins this advanced game and must complete this escort mission with the military or hundreds of people trapped in the game will die. More importantly, the game is supposed to be the key to finding a new place for humanity to live. But it really turns into a series of semi-connected adventures, some decent fights with only a couple kinds of enemies, and some sci-fi exploration with A.I.
Overall, it’s an ok story. There are some good moments and I really liked the world building at the beginning. But as LitRPG, it left something to be desired. The game stuff feels surface level and even though there are stats, they don’t have an impact on the story.
Score: 6 out of 10