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Gamescape: Overworld

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Gamescape: Overworld

Emma Trevayne’s GAMESCAPE: Overworld is a fast paced, science fiction novel and the first installment in the Nova Project. CODA and CHORUS are the two books that started to shed light on Trevayne. Now, she has woven a virtual reality based story with dystopian aspects around every corner.
 
GAMESCAPE follows Miguel Anderson, a 17-year-old boy, as he plays the world-wide virtual reality game called Chimera. However, Miguel is not playing Chimera for fun like all of his friends. Miguel’s heart is failing and if he can get to level 25 he can obtain a new bio-mechanical heart. Fortunately, a better opportunity appears where the chances for Miguel to win a new heart greatly increase. Miguel must fight through the new game with a support team of four players at his side. The new version of Chimera is harder and more complicated than before, and the whole time Miguel must not only play the game but also try to understand the game maker’s motives.

"GAMESCAPE incorporates unique details of gaming that set your mind reeling with possibilities. Overall, GAMESCAPE is the perfect science fiction book for avid readers or new readers who find themselves spending too much time on the old console."

This is the first book I have read that is truly dedicated to virtual reality gaming. At first I struggled getting used to Trevayne’s style of writing, but as the book progressed I found myself sinking deep into the storyline. GAMESCAPE incorporates unique details of gaming that set your mind reeling with possibilities. By far my favorite parts of GAMESCAPE were when Miguel was inside Chimera. Trevayne creates incredible landscapes and game levels with puzzles leading to rewarding boss fights. The boss fights could have been written more in depth, but they were still immensely interesting. In the beginning, I did not think I would have an emotional connection to any of Trevayne’s characters. As the book progressed, I realized I was nervous for the fate of not only Miguel but also his best friend, Nick, and fellow player, Leah. Because Miguel was always surrounded by the four other players on his team, it was really easy to get to know more than one character in the book. Another interesting thing about GAMESCAPE is that Trevayne mentions the basic balances of human interactions and personalities, which many books do not cover.
 
Overall, GAMESCAPE is the perfect science fiction book for avid readers or new readers who find themselves spending too much time on the old console. There is no lack of originality, and Trevayne will keep you guessing up until the very end. Fans of anime such as Sword Art Online will love GAMESCAPE. If you are looking for a science fiction or dystopian book to pick up, you’ve found it. When the next book comes out, I will be sure to read it!

Reviewed by Kaela N., Teen Board Member on September 19, 2016

Gamescape: Overworld
(Nova Project #1)
by Emma Trevayne