Opening Moves by Cosimo Yap

I really enjoyed this book (and part 2) it really keeps the pace up with Alan the college student and his friends coming across well in the book. The plot is different whilst keeping similar gaming tones throughout and story lines I could relate too. The basis of the story is about a game (everyone) is playing but that is used to fight wars between civilised races, once you grasp the motives and writers intentions this book is hard to put down.

This series by Cosimo Yap ais definitely in my favourite top 5 gaming books to read.

Blurb from the back:

The Earth is changing. The alien invasion brought social upheaval, advanced technology, and an armada of peacekeeping robots. But Alan, a college student pursuing a now-useless degree, cares little about all of this. He has only one thing on his mind: the Game.

A fully immersive virtual reality, the Game appears to be a major part of the invading civilization. Alan can’t wait to play, recklessly diving into the digital universe. Soon though, Alan realizes the Game is anything but simple, and the stakes are higher than he ever imagined.

Score 9 out 10

Amazon readers seem to like it too with a 5 out of 5 rating (out of 29 reviews) see a sample of there reviews below:

Easily the best litrpg I have read. Many of them seem overloaded with messages about level ups and critical hits etc. This one seems to get it just right, the information panels always seem relevant and interesting and don’t intrude on the storyline.
The overall concept behind the game and its place in society is well thought out and not one I have seen before, there is plenty of action and excitement but its nicely balanced with hints of much deeper plotlines going on in the background with loads of potential for development in future books (this is clearly the authors intention).
Literally couldn’t stop reading this book, ended up reading it several times through, can’t wait for the next one.

I’ve never come across this genre before, and the term litRPG certainly made me think ‘oh my god, no’, similar to my response to ‘fan fiction’, but it’s actually a great read – I’m not yet finished, but am already dreading running out of book. Please write more!


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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

What a read this is, if you are a gamer and like a great novel, this is superb. Setting off with the main character Wade in a grim real-world reality (not far from places around the world today) the book opens you up to a Virtual world accessed via a VR headset / full body capsule. Mixing Wade’s virtual world with small sections involving his real life on earth – this gaming read takes you to other planets, besides the complex matter of VR worlds the book and plot are both easy to follow with the book being executed with precision to keep you turning the pages.

Overall: 9 out of 10

Synopsis (Blurb from the back of the book)

It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS – and his massive fortune – will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle.

Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions – and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.

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