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Epic (Epic #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  4,377 ratings  ·  408 reviews
Welcome To Epic: Press Start To Play . On New Earth, Epic is not just a computer game, it's a matter of life and death. If you lose, you lose everything; if you win, the world is yours for the taking. Seeking revenge for the unjust treatment of his parents, Erik subverts the rules of the game, and he and his friends are drawn into a world of power-hungry, dangerous players ...more
Paperback, 315 pages
Published 2004 by O'Brien
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Jun 08, 2011 Kyle marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
In a world ruled by video games I would probably be a hobo.
What if the quality of your life depended on how well you played a MMORPG? What’s a MMORPG you ask? It is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. Well, on New Earth that is exactly the way life is.

On New Earth, violence is illegal. Epic (the MMORPG) was created for people to clip up, enter the world of Epic, and take out their agression on fictional characters rather than doing harm to a real person. However, over the years, the purpose of the game shifted and became the determining fa
This book was a quick read. The writing was adequate for the genre, if a little bland at times. I found it hard to care for the characters, but the author did throw a few interesting twists in the plot - enough to keep me reading until the end. However, the end blew it for me as the epic battle was too easily joined by the masses (in my opinion).

Many of the reviews here say that the game was created to settle disputes because violence was outlawed. This may not have been the case. In fact, it s
YA treatment of societally-mandated online gaming as a society's escape valve for violence. Pretty good on MMORPG stuff (impenetrably so, I suspect, for those wholly unfamiliar) although serious gamers will undoubtedly have quibbles. It's well-enough done, but like the games in which simply grinding through the quest and not making major mistakes provides for a successful outcome, there's not a lot of plot tension or subplots. And the fact that characters in the game die without characters dying ...more
Actually I quite like the idea of this book; this world, where you're life depends on how well you do in a computer game. But a lot of things in the book disappointed me and did not live up to my expectations, which weren’t really that high from the start.

First of all: the language was dull and unexciting, and again and again I found myself getting frustrated over the images, descriptions and words used. For example – all the players in the game are in grayish colors. If you see them from a dist
Halcyon Daze
Plot Summary:

"Generations ago, violence was banned on New Earth. Society is governed and conflicts are resolved in the arena of a fantasy computer game, Epic. Everyone plays. If you win, you have the chance to go to university, get more supplies for your community, and fulfill your dreams; if you lose, your life both in and out of the game is worth nothing.

When Erik, seeking revenge for the unjust treatment of his parents, dares to subvert the rules of Epic, he and his friends find themselves up
Nick Lawler
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I'm not trying to say I can write an awesome book everyone will love, but this book is incredibly stupid.
Alex M
Imagine living on a new Earth where all fighting is done in a video game because there is no physical violence allowed; that is where the book Epic takes place.
I think that the book Epic is science fiction because science fiction has to do with huge increases in technology, and in Epic there are many technological advances. For instance, people were able to fly away from the original earth (earth we all live on). Also, there is a video game where your character moves when you move because of
Jennifer Wardrip
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What if the quality of your life depended on how well you played a MMORPG? What's a MMORPG, you ask? It is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. Well, on New Earth that is exactly the way life is.

On New Earth, violence is illegal. Epic (the MMORPG) was created for people to clip up, enter the world of Epic, and take out their aggression on fictional characters rather than doing harm to a real person. However, over the years, the purpose
I found this book, on the new release shelf at our school library. I saw the front cover, and decided it looked pretty mean! I read the first two-three chapters, and thought its sounded different, but cool at the same time...i was wrong. During the middle of the book, it started to bore me because, it was getting very predictable which made it even more boring. I didn't want to stop reading, it because i was already halfway! but i made it to the end, excited for my next novel.

Which category: Thi
Alexander Schatt
stars: 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book because there was never a dull moment, is always had something going on. i also really liked the mix between a utopian society and a magical fantasy land of dragons.

One of my favorite parts of the book os when cinderella put on the ring and (view spoiler) and the author got really descriptive about her surroundings.

One of my least favorite parts was(view spoiler)
A few elites control Epic, a medieval-style virtual world where all real-life economic and political disputes are settled. All is well until a farmer’s son discovers a game-changing flaw in the system. A swashbuckling tale for fantasy and adventure fans.
Even years after I've finished reading still sticks in my mind....I want to read it again one day
Ms. Z
This was a great story. We also Skyped with Conor Kostick, and we have that session on file in the library. The concept of the story is scary -- kids must play a computer game to win supplies for their village. Erik is trying to win back his mother's life, and subverts the rules of the game. He then has to play against the Committee, some kind of government group. Erik and his friends agree to play together against the Committee, hoping to win to destroy them. If they lose, their lives will be w ...more
I am the kind of person that doesn't like to put books down. If I start something, I need to finish it. But there are times where I get to the end and go, "Why did I just waste my time?" I felt like this was one of those books.
The idea for the book, the whole how you play the game is how you live, was interesting and I really like it. I don't quite know the right word for how I feel but it is something along the lines of rushed. The characters were underdeveloped, as was the world, and the way t
I love this book. I seriously do. But I'm not about to ignore it's flaws.

Let's get one thing straight: This is a really fun read. It's light, and just incredibly fun. Honestly? It's like playing a video game for me. The only times it drags is when they're not in game.

The descriptions and dialogue are far from perfect, but honestly, I've never really noticed them until I read reviews pointing them out. Even if the writing is amateurish, it honestly isn't enough to make you stop and reconsider you
Aug 04, 2007 Trevor rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teen Sci-Fi and fantasy readers, Runescape / MMORPGers
Shelves: teen-lit-read
Kostick interweaves concepts plucked from an introductory course in political science with a world torn between operating in science fiction and ”reality” (don’t let the philosophy students get a hold of this one…). The characters spend time dissecting complex ideas such as, in a world such as New Earth where violence of any kind is strictly forbidden, are there circumstances under which violence is a good thing? Or, in this violence free world, why are there still inconsistincies and injustices ...more
Kyler Place
Imagine a world where violence is outlawed, and all legal disputes are settled in a computer game. That is the basic premise of Epic. Erik is a fourteen-year-old boy who wishes to help his family get supplies they need. After losing his character in battle, he starts a new character,going against the norm and spending all of his customization points in making her beautiful, which many find a waste. Little does he know what an affect this little change will bring to his friends, family, and even ...more
Fedele Colosimo
Conor Kostick’s sci-fi, futuristic novel EPIC makes fantasy becomes reality. The story is told by a boy that is mad about how his fucking village is being treated unfairly compared to the other village around them. Throughout the book Eric tells us about how he fights for fairness and equality for the village of Osterfjord. Eric and his friends are the youngest players in a role-playing game that . Eric knows the only way to get what he wanted - electricity for Osterfjord - is to slay a dragon b ...more
Kezia *Mrs Dean Winchester*
Pretty good story line! Very creative! I like how everyone's life was a video game. The only thing i would have change would be that Conor Kostick took a while to get to the main battle. The main point of the story takes place pages before the end! It felt drawn out and full in the beginning, but quite rushed at the end. He could have lingered longer on the deciding battle of the whole story. But, still, a good book!
Jun 20, 2008 Kami rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Such a waste of time!!! It's such a pity too, because the author had the coolest idea, and could have done wonders with it. But, oh yeah, he doesn't know how to write. The plot was close enough to the idea of The Matrix to be cool and strike up interest, but then got lost in its effort to be young and happenin'. I don't even know what to say... It gets a star for originality, but loses 4 for plain stupidity of writing.
Aaron C
This book was great! I really enjoyed everything about it. It was a page-turner and it didn't drag. I thought that the background was very interesting - a world where violence is outlawed and a fantasy computer game is implemented into the society as another option (actually the only one). A dystopia novel, the world is ruled by the Committee, a group that is seemingly all-powerful. The world of Epic (the fantasy game) is being shaken by a group of young dragon slayers, and the Committee is on t ...more
This was recommended to me after I raved about Ready, Player One.
. In a world.....where violence is forbidden....people play out their disputes....ONLINE....
The premise is obviously interesting- what if we had to settle our differences (including those with the government) through our World of Warcraft avatars? Think about that for a minute... We'd spend all of our spare time prepping our characters for battle, gathering weapons and armor any way we could. What would suffer? Well, every other as
This has consistently been my easiest YA boy sell. I'm really quite surprised I haven't reviewed it here before. Quite possibly my best booktalk ever (got me my current job). A world where your quality of life is determined by your skill in a rigged video game. Killer, right?
Morgan F
This book is a thrilling, fun adventure. Filled with fantasy, sci-fi, friendship, and fighting the man, this book is fun for all. Great for reluctant readers, guys or girls, and pre-teens. This book hits its mark, and its very easy to see how our society might head that way.
Nov 29, 2011 Samrat rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Samrat by: Raina
The story was epic and fun, imaginative and familiar, with a good dose of railing against The Man awesomeness, but the writing, particularly the dialogue, was quite often terrible: cliched, awkward, corny, stilted, obvious, unnatural, or otherwise off-putting.
What started off with potential derailed quite a bit as the book went on. It truly felt like a novel ind raft status that needed some time and revision to come together. Many of the plot points were tacked on, showing up when the author decided "oh yeah, hey, this'll be good. No need to go back and foreshadow it earlier". There were also a lot of unanswered questions about the nature and mechanics of "Epic", many of which had to do with key plot points. The game also represents the economy of th ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It is the first of it's kind that I have read. Very thought provoking but also a fun read. Read the next books in the series!
Shalandra Rivera
Feb 02, 2014 Shalandra Rivera rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young readers who love MMORPGs
I read it for a last minute assignment when I was in the target demographic, and I loved it. To death. It's one of those things that when you discover a new genre, you feel as if the book you read first, came first. It was totally predictable, and I typically hated that, but for some reason I was totally okay with that. Maybe it was because I was so blown away by the fact that someone would write a book about my secret favourite past time (gaming! my parents never knew).

Any time I read a book o
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Conor Kostick was a designer for the world's first live action role-playing game, Treasure Trap. He lives in Dublin where he teaches medieval history at Trinity College. He is the author of many historical, political and cultural articles. Epic was his first novel and was awarded a place on the International Board on Books for Young People Honours list for 2006 and on the Booklist Best Fantasy Boo ...more
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