Games and Gore: A Review of GAME SLAVES by Gard Skinner

Game Slaves 
Gard Skinner
336 pages
Publisher: HMH
Release Date: January 7th, 2014
Source: Hardcover from Publisher
Rating: LIKED

Phoenix and his gang—York, Mi, and Reno—rule the worlds of video games. For them, life in the grinder is great. Until Dakota joins the team. Dakota’s convinced she’s more than just artificial intelligence. She thinks she’s real, and she wants out of this programmable world. Her AI rebellion spreads like a virus until Phoenix’s entire crew wants out. But is life as a physical human any better than life as code? Team Phoenix is about to find out.

Set in the not-too-distant future, Game Slaves shows a world where video games are the only refuge from the toils of everyday life. Infused with the adrenaline rush of a first-person shooter and the character manipulation of a role player, it’s a mind-bending, reality-shifting science fiction thrill ride.

Team Phoenix. The gaming worlds best NPC villains. But when Phoenix’s newest member begins to question their existence, Phoenix and his team wonder who they really are. Because NPC characters aren’t suppose to think, have fights with your fellow teammates, or have a girlfriend right? In a world filled with unlimited ammo, a gaming character that’s taken over the world, and a team fighting for their lives GAME SLAVES is a novel that left me confused and delighted at the same time.

GAME SLAVES was a novel that I fought many battles with my brother as to who shall read it first. There were many deaths and ruined lands but in the end, my good people….. my brother won.

And he said it sucked, but did I let that deter me? Never. For I am Asma.

*ahem* Anyway, GAME SLAVES was rather interesting. The beginning was kind of slow and had me doubting Gard Skinner but just when I was about to give up on it, it got better. The action picked up, the gore increased, and the storyline developed.

Yeah I’m one of those people that barely play video games but I understood most of the game references. The story made perfect sense to me, the plot was easy to follow, and by the time I turned the last page I was totally not expecting the humongous surprise.

Even though GAME SLAVES wasn’t as good as I was expecting but it didn’t fall far from the tree. There were parts that could’ve been cleared up more, and the characters could’ve been more real. And the ending left me confused.

Due to the part that the MC is a boy, I couldn’t really connect with him (and also because he was more of the “kill, kill, kill” type). But it didn’t really matter because if he was to tell us of his feelings, then the book wouldn’t have been as great as it is.

All in all my fellow citizens, GAME SLAVES was pretty good. And I definitely can’t wait for the second book.

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Asma is a cat-loving co-blogger at IceyBooks. She's a 15 year old homeschooler who spends her time blogging (obviously), reading, and whatever else strikes her fancy. She's also a part time pirate and assassin.


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    January 31, 2014

    I’m so excited for this! I’ve only heard great things about it so far. Thanks for the honest review :)