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Level Zero (The NextWorld #1)

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When the never-ending wars, pollution, and overpopulation of the near future have caused the outdoors to become uninhabitable, the government is forced to create a new world, a virtual existence that allows civilization to continue. Shopping malls, schools, concert venues, and religious gathering places all exist in the infinite confines of this new reality, yet the most p ...more
Kindle Edition, 298 pages
Published November 6th 2011
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Elizabeth
I have read all of Knuth's published books now, and I have to say, I believe he has outdone himself with this one. No, I am not a young adult, nor do I participate in gaming; however, I found myself reading voraciously and well into the night (OK, two nights).

I have always enjoyed dystopian books. This is one of the best of the hundreds I've read throughout my lifetime, and I'm well into my fifth decade. Knuth's ability to develop his characters goes beyond amazing. His plot ideas are amazing.
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Victoria Zagar
I picked this up when it was a free download on Amazon.

This was a very enjoyable book. Rich world building and a great cast of characters made me forget that this story about being trapped in an online video game probably isn't the most original idea. However, Knuth makes this story his own by the end with some clever twists and turns that I completely didn't expect. The action is fast paced and never leaves the reader bored.

If I had any complaints it would be that the editing really slipped by
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Nancy
Level Zero was an interesting take on teen dystopian. In this particular world, overpopulation became such an issue that people were basically herded into incredibly tall apartment towers. The towers seem to be pretty tiny, but that's okay. Nobody lives in the real world, anyway. They all live online, in a virtual reality world, logging off only to use the bathroom and eat a gooey "vitapaste" that has all their nutritional needs in it. Our hero, Arkade, would stay logged on for the rest of his l ...more
Derek Rasmussen
I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of Ready Player One in some regards, which is one of my all time favorite books.

I loved the world created within this virtual reality, and as a gamer, I loved the plot.

I may have felt that the story took some easy ways out here or there, but that does not change the fact that it was a very interesting story, and it kept me engaged the whole time.

If you're into gaming, virtual reality, or like similar books, you will like Level Zero.

I look forward to
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Tammy K.
I'm struggling to find the words to describe this story. I am not an author just a reader so here's my review short and to the point.
Get this one! It's a dystopian like no other.
The characters find themselves locked inside a combat action, virtual reality game and must learn to work together in order to escape.
as I read this story I found myself lost in their world with them, climbing the mountains, slaying the Dragon, cheering for their victories and feeling their losses as they lost team mate
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Peter Ravlich
Level Zero was an enjoyable YA pageturner, making good use of gaming tropes and a solid storyline. I found protagonist's voice a little offputting at times, and slightly less room for character development was probably necessary, but the vivid environments and backstory outweighed this personal concern.

Many typos and grammatical errors were present in the version I read, although the electronic version lends itself to revision, and these would be easily addressed. Aside from a couple of "broken
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Sean Randall
This was brilliant. Frustratingly, my ereader trashed my highlights so I can't point out the most epic bits in as much detail as I'd like, but that just means I have to ramble on a little more aimlessly than usual.

The dragon, of course, that was such a rush, and the way that battle ends was both poignant and very meaningful. I did feel that the ending of the book came a little suddenly, but the revelation before the last bit of the mission was very neatly done. I suspected, but I suspected ever
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Jaimec13
I really want to give this book 4 stars, but I can't. There were multiple mistakes in spelling and grammar (on the order of a few dozen, at least), so this sort of felt like a late-stage manuscript that was due for a round or two more of copy editing before it went to the press. There were also a few inconsistencies (one that bothered me was the fact that only one player had a certain status effect, when probably it would've been all of them equally). The plot also had some really weird pacing t ...more
Pam
Free on kindle...A very fast read, 1 night. I liked it, maybe because i like games. I think i would have really liked a longer adult version. The first half of the story (the build up, learning of their world) was the best part for me. A fun story for YA and all. Thank you for the book.
Kaotickitten Box
Good book. Was a fast read. If you like dystopian fiction and need something quick but can put down to do something arround the house. This is a good one.
Stacie Herbert
As a Girl gamer I feel in love with this concept. It was an easy light read fun and fast paced.
Michael Brookes
This book managed to deceive me (in a good way!), at the beginning I thought 'nice idea', but it had a bit of a trashy feel to it, as if pitching at the lowest common demoninator. However as I progressed I realised there was an interesting and quite philosophical thinking going on beneath the text. I appreciated it even more by the way it kept it as subtext hidden beneath a gamey and fast paced action story. Unfortunately it slightly spoils it by explaining everything near the end, but it still ...more
Parham Doustdar
This book delivered. In fact, it delivered more than I had expected.

I knew there was a twist, and I suspected the most hurtful one. However, I didn't expect the author to follow up with it. He did, though.

The ending was a bit weird, but I'll just pass that off as the author's attempt to teach a lesson to the reader; a very valued lesson indeed.
Charlotte
I know on kindle it was free and was going to give the story 4 stars, but when you are dangling off the edge of a mountain and people keep swapping falling with anoher person onthe top I think it needs some editing.

Fantom basic language "Yeah, like whatever cowboy, yo." not realy much point to it for the whole time but i get that she is contrasted to Xen. Few spelling and gramma mistakes too but ready player one is better. Fantom gets written off with no story at the end, annoyed me a bit but ca
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Tim
Dec 26, 2013 Tim rated it 5 of 5 stars
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For all fans of computer gaming and MMO's, this is an excellent read. It's just like being inside a expansive MMORPG with an amazing cast of characters, technology and real human emotion. And the chapters are in binary; a total geek-out for computer nerds. Being a fan of videogames and computers I loved this book from the very beginning and couldn't put it down. Game geeks and computer nerds alike will certainly enjoy this book.
Al
Very good book. I loved the world he created. Very action packed.
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Jaron Lee Knuth was born in western Wisconsin in 1978. Suffering from multiple illnesses as a young child, he was forced to find an escape from his bedridden existence through the storytelling of any media he could find. Science fiction and fantasy novels, television programs, films, video games, and comic books all provided him with infinite worlds for his imagination to explore. Now he spends hi ...more
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