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Endgame (Voluntary Eradicators #1)

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Volera Magray is a Player: she engages with the tourists who come to play the VR games for which her district is so famous. She makes her living being pitted against other Players in terrifyingly real virtual reality games, fought for the gratification of a hedonistic audience.

Fighting is all she knows.

By day, she is a normal denizen of the oppressive Regency, but by night
Kindle Edition, 144 pages
Published November 13th 2012
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Kat Stark
Feb 29, 2016 Kat Stark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi, reviewed


Questionnaire for potential readers:

Would you rather live in:
a) The future
b) A dystopian world
c) A place where video games are more than just games
d) All of the above

Does token currency, multiple spouses, and caffeine concentrate sound appealing?
a) Nope
b) Multiple spouses?!?!
c) What the fuck is a caffeine concentrate?

Do you ever wonder "whether this is anything like the real thing or just somebody's idealized concept of i
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Nov 22, 2015 Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it really liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Kat Stark

3.5 stars

For a good while now, I have been following GR author, Nenia Campbell, around the site (and yes in a bit stalk-ish way, lol!) because of her honest, democratic, much insightful reviews and I have always been curious about the books she wrote. It turned out I did have a good reason to be curious. She is undoubtedly a talented writer.

This is my first time reading a novel about a protagonist who does gaming for a living. She actually gets paid to play games! How awesome is that?! Not as
Sean Gibson
Sep 02, 2015 Sean Gibson rated it liked it
Every once in a while, I wake up and have to puzzle out whether the events that just transpired in my head were memory or dream. On occasion, a dream is so vivid, so real, that it seems wholly probable that it actually happened. For me, these dreams tend to be of a mundane nature—a meeting at work, spending time with a friend, masticating a kumquat. So trivial are these types of dreams that I don’t even need to spend time dwelling on whether they actually happened or not—it’s not that important, ...more
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
Karly's Authors Who Rock Challenge

Full disclosure: Yes, I am friends with Nenia Campbell here on Goodreads and no, that isn’t going to affect my review of this story in any way. If you think it would (or should) back away…. back away VERY quickly.

3.5 Stars

Endgame read quite a bit like a dystopian Rapunzel re-telling to me - now I think this may just be a me thing, I do not think Campbell had that comparison in mind whilst writing it. I could not help but notice similarities between that classi
Future-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
I have been sitting on this for a few days, trying to sort out my feelings and I'm still a big ball of I don’t know what the hell just happened?
Mountain View

This story focuses on Volera, a young woman who is living in a dystopian world and is paid to play this world's version of video games. These games are fully immersive and interactive and you are connected to electrodes and all sorts of weird other things while you play. Sounds like a dream, right? Well why does Vol keep blacking out? Who is the mysteri
Still as great as the first time around. I remembered absolutely nothing so I felt like I was reading it for the first time again, which was great. I got to be blown away by the last few chapters again. This series is so promising!
“That's life. Life is the ultimate game, and its rules were made to be broken”

Wow! The plot was very different and unique for me. I've never read a book in which a character plays games and gets paid for it.And as cool as that sounds,the games were pretty dangerous. Vol lived in a dystopian world where the games were much more interesting and the players could feel everything when they are playing the game . As if these dangerous games weren't enough,Vol also didn't remember her past and had n
Umm, I think I may be suffering from cliffhanger shock.
Because there is no way that is the end of this book.
I mean *hyperventilating* who would end a book like that?!
Who would TORTURE their readers in such a way?!

Nenia. Of course. :D

Taking readers on a mental - and emotional - adventure, with enough kick-ass-ery to make a COD (Call of Duty) fan happy, Nenia Campbell has created a world unlike any other. With more twists than Inception (i.e. ALOT) Vol's story will make you laugh, wince, tear up a
(I'm literally breathless now. It's all your fault, Nens. See what I did here?)

I have never been so proud and humbled of a graphic/cover I made in my life (yes, I am responsible for the eerie futuristic eye!). It in no way rises to the level of awesome of the actual book. I have also never wanted to never play any kind of virtual reality game this much EVER. I am the furthest thing from a gamer--my immediate family is made up of solely females, besides my dad, and video games are something I jus
Wart Hill
Aug 10, 2016 Wart Hill rated it it was amazing
You could have been a goddess, and instead you chose to be a slave.

Vol lives in a dystopian world. She works as a Player in a Game Tower - a place where tourists (called Marks by the Players) come to play virtual reality games, gamble in casinos, and watch holodramas (some of which are recordings of previously played games).

Vol's job isn't exactly glamourous, but it pays. Not well, but in a world like this, you do what you have to.

Vol's life turns a little topsy turvy when a man she runs into
Imagine a distant future...
a dystopian world...
a city that never sleeps...

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That's Volera Magray aka Vol world.
She is a Player. She plays VR games against other players. Games that are increasingly getting more realistic, where she have to fight for her life.
Vol lives for game after game, it all she does, the only life she knows! She doesn't have any recall of her past before she reached the city.
That means no family, no friends, not a place to call home.
She only knows her district was obliterate
Crystal Starr Light
Jul 24, 2013 Crystal Starr Light rated it really liked it
Volera is a Player; she helps provide entertainment for the virtual reality games that are hugely popular. But she can't remember her past, and strange occurrences, nightmares, and blackouts make her think that a particular guy has an unhealthy interest in her.

Trying to define my feelings towards this book is tough. The first half is so dense, so confusing, so slow. It really is pure world-building. I'll admit, more than once I grew frustrated at this book. "I want to like you!" I would yell at
***Special thanks to the author for offering this book for free to her fans on Valentines Day 2014!***
Heather *live on coffee and flowers*
This is a tough book to rate.

Although I appreciate being flung into a world with no infodumping, I wish there had been more info dispersed throughout the beginning, instead of a big block of it at the end. However, I wasn't confused about anything, really, and was just happy to go along, figuring things out on the way. Though the cliffhanger was a good one, well done, the book fell apart for me a little at the end.

The world/setting was interesting, but I wish there had been more descriptions of
Endgame: very interesting plot, not so great execution.


Meet Volera (Vol) our protagonist. She's feisty, fairly snarky and a lil bit kickass too, but I didn't like her. Why? Well, it seemed too much. Something was off about her from the first word.

Things seemed to be perfectly placed in the story to tease us about a bigger plot twist, but it'd dart temptingly close then disappear again. This shows Nenia's ability to write, but it didn't impact on the characters as it should have. Their reactions
Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)
“Everyone needs to escape sometimes, and retreating into somebody else's fantasy isn't nearly as satisfying as slipping into your own.”

3.5 stars.

Dang, why did all the best stuff have to happen so close to the end??? It was finally getting to the good parts!!! *grumbles, grumbles* And this was SOOO close to getting 4 stars (or more) if it had been longer and didn't wait so long for the unveiling, HOWEVER I really liked this approach, despite the slow pacing. I think I'll certainly enjoy the nex
Experiment BL626
CAUTION: minor spoiler

The book boasted ingredients for a fantastic thriller. The ingredients included virtual reality, hacking, corruption, and conspiracy. However, to my great disappointment, the book turned out to be one of those cases where just because the ingredients were awesome it doesn’t necessary mean the result would be awesome too.

+ the plot

A fine line demarcates between cryptic and confusing; the book treaded on the latter territory. The dream sequences/flashbacks were too many and t
Shambhawi P.
Maybe more like 3.25 Stars

Endgame was a crafty novel - we can literally see the author's mind turning, creating this hauntingly new futuristic world. The plot, at first, sounds like some sci-fi/dystopian novel we might have read before, maybe a movie we had watched? We have a heroine, her past shrouded in mystery, with a bloodthirsty edge to her battles in the virtual yet realistic games. A hero who seems to hold the key to said heroine's past but his own is an enigma. The bickering relationship
Honestly, I haven’t heard of this writer or seen one of her books in stores or even caught a feed from one of my GR friends who wanted to read her work. Then one day I decided to browse GR and saw a post to all readers written by Nenia Campbell. It touched me to say the least that someone would give acknowledgments to everyone who deserved it on GR. On a whim, I checked her profile and clicked around and found a few books I might read. It was almost heartbreaking to see that Campbell’s books wer ...more
Nov 12, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
I'm not much of a sci-fi reader, so I don't really get this. Most of the scene involving the VR is too much for me to handle. I don't even play any game whatsoever.

Our heroine Volera is a Player and she seems to be suffering some kind of memory loss. Bits and pieces of her past came creeping to her in the forms of dreams/nightmare.

Then there is Catan, a man who seems to know her, but she can't bring herself to remember. He serves as an interesting love interest, but considering the short page
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Cool and original, the book kept me gripped. It was one of those one-breath kind of reads where you don't even stop for a drink of water. I found the futuristic world here interesting if slightly undeveloped. I applaud the lack of info dumping, but a little more exposition would have been helpful. I was quite confused for at least a third of the novel. I also found Vol to be a little passive; she didn't seem to be a good gamer, so I wasn't sure why that was her job and why she looked down on the ...more
Thibaut Nicodème
Aug 03, 2014 Thibaut Nicodème rated it really liked it
Full review on my blog, the Snark Theater.

I will start by mentioning that I follow the author, Nenia Campbell, right here on Goodreads (and would totally accept a friend request from her LOVE ME). I'd like to think seeing her cool reviews of books and interacting with her every one in a while when I managed to be social enough has not affected my judgment of this book.

To be honest, I'd say this book deserves 3.5 stars, but hey, discrete rating system, you gotta draw a line somewhere, and my prio
Jan 31, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
It was a little hard for me to follow at times, and I'm not sure I completely understand the ending, I had to read it over a few times and I'm still like

But I quite enjoyed it, especially toward the end. It's a very unique, interesting idea. The lead up to the climax and the actual climax was great. I'm eager to continue this series. I definitely recommend the read!
Dec 31, 2012 Rabidreading rated it really liked it
Interesting story with some good plot twists (especially toward the end) and well-written characters I easily connected with. I liked Vol's "voice" and Catan was HOT. Looking forward to the next one :)
Angie **loves angst**
Sep 14, 2013 Angie **loves angst** marked it as to-read
Its written by Nenia Campbell. Enough said!
Nov 24, 2012 Molly added it
Amazing, definitely one of my favorites!

Really good novella and refreshingly original. I would be very interested in playing video games the way they do in this book!

The reason(s) why I haven't given this a full four star rating is this:
1. There were a few spelling errors throughout which kind of threw me of my reading stride, such as an 'an' instead of 'a', and plural used instead of the singular ('voices' instead of 'voice'). Other than these little mistakes and a few more similar, the writing is excellent so please don't let th
Future Slayer Girl
I'm to lazy to find a gif of someone waving their fist in the air because that is what I want to do right now to Nenia!



That's how we are ending it!

(starts to ugly cry)

Just when I was feeling smart, that I kind of sort of figured out about 1/4 of it before I got to the last 99% of the book, and then WHAM! Just kidding its OVER!

I'm gonna pout. For about a week its gonna take me to get over this. I think we might actually have a male antihero that isn't, I daresay, crazy????

Katie  (Books and Katie)
Jan 30, 2014 Katie (Books and Katie) rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Oh, but her dreams, they hint. They hint at blood and fire, and the sound of breaking glass; they hint at screams that light up the night like fireworks; they hint at fear, which slices at her like the blades of a thousand knives, and at sorrow that threatens to scatter the pieces of her soul to a thousand winds. Her dreams hint at darkness that swirls around her heart. A darkness she can feel all the way down to the very dregs of her being.

It scares her, but it's a part of her, and she can't r
Feb 16, 2013 Katrina rated it really liked it
I came to an interesting realisation before, during, and after reading this novel. Outside of a few Philip K. Dick-esque and Terry Pratchett novels; a couple of short story collections here and there, I don't, in fact, read as nearly as much of the sc-fi and fantasy genre as I thought I did.

Not that it matters in this instance as I found the world that Campbell created to be very accessible and it didn't fall into the wrong side of techno-babble at any point during the story, which was a major p
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