Monday, September 22, 2014

Review: MindWar by Andrew Klavan


About the book:
Rick Dial has the potential to be a hero. He just doesn't know it yet.

Rick’s high school football team couldn't be stopped when he was leading them as their quarterback. He was going to Syracuse on a scholarship. But then his dad abandoned them and a terrible accident left him crippled.

Certain his old life is completely lost, Rick spends months hiding away in his room playing video games. He achieves the highest scores on so many games that he's approached by a government agency who claims to be trying to thwart a cyber attack on America that would destroy the technological infrastructure of the entire country. The agents say that the quick-thinking of a quarterback coupled with Nick's gaming experience make him perfect for this assignment. The problem is that there are no extra lives and this isn’t just a game . . . but Rick doesn’t have many other options at the moment.

Entering “The Realm” gives Rick the one thing he thought he’d never have again: a body that’s as fast and as strong as he ever was before the accident. But the more time he spends in The Realm, the more questions he has. What secrets are these agents keeping from him? What really happened to his father? How many others have gone into The Realm already . . . and failed? And perhaps most important, is he the hero they think he is?
My rating:
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My thoughts:

MindWar was a very intriguing and unique read. I've never read a book quite like it before. It has sci-fi elements and a lot of action/suspense. "The Realm" was really cool, but also sometimes hard to wrap my mind around because of the strangeness of it. I still loved that part, even if I didn't fully understand everything about it. ;)

Rick was a believable character, as were the rest of the main characters. One of the only things I didn't like was that sometimes things would be unnecessarily repeated (in my opinion). The ending was good and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series when it releases!

Overall, a really good YA novel! I recommend MindWar to teens and adults who like action stories with some sci-fi/fantasy elements. It's a good read!

**Just a note: there is some violence in the book.**

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