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Saga (Epic #2)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,460 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
The breathtaking sequel to the multistarred Epic!

Ghost is part of a street hacker airboard gang who lives to break rules. When they realize that their world—Saga—is being periodically invaded by strange human beings, they don’t know what to do. That is, until they learn the complicated truth: Saga is not just their world. It is a sentient computer game, the replacement to

ebook, 334 pages
Published June 11th 2009 by Firebird (first published September 2006)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Eric and his new girlfriend are vacationing when a new computer game infiltrates the system of EPIC. Everything except Cindella disappears, and a new game is left in its place. The new game of Saga has similarities to the old game; it revolves around class and trying to improve one's standard of living.

However, Cindella begins to realize that this new game - is not really a game. She also learns that the mastermind behind the game put a little som
Justus Schmidt
Mar 20, 2016 Justus Schmidt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the Avatar Chronicles, the sequel to Epic. Whereas in the first book the setting was a medieval-inspired MMORPG, we're now in a futuristic metropolis. It's clear from fairly early on that this is also a virtual world (although the inhabitants of the world don't realise this), and the connection to the characters from the first book doesn't seem forced. However, their real world story takes a back seat this time, and we follow the 'virtual' protagonists for the most part.
May 06, 2016 Keaton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Saga, written by Conor Kostick, was a very good book. It is the sequel to the book Epic. In short, Eric is a character in his world, who has a character in their virtual world named Cindella. Cindella meets this girl named Ghost, who has no idea who she is, or why characters such as Cindella are entering and leaving her world. I think that the plot and the characters in the book were good. As previously mentioned, the book was good. However, I think there was only two slight flaws.

Apr 29, 2014 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a relatively easy, quick read, but - at least for me - it didn't capture the magic or maintain the momentum found in the predecessor, Epic.

Taking a step back, I'm frequently amazed by how much really good literature - or well-crafted, interesting, and compelling reading - is available for teens and young adults today. Having picked the first one, Epic, off my son's bookshelf a while back, I enjoyed it and thought it was a lot better than the far too generic stuff we were fed as kids, bu
Oct 25, 2008 Karin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this exciting and inventive follow-up to EPIC, you’ll meet Ghost and her band of anarcho-punk friends. They live in Saga, a virtual world - only they don’t know it is virtual. The Dark Queen and her assassin are the only two with the true knowledge of how their world came to be.

The inhabitants of Saga live in a rigid class system based on the color of the card you hold. The majority of the citizens hold red cards, the card that represents the lowest class, and live a dreary existence.

Ghost a
Jul 12, 2008 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sequel to Epic was everything I could have hoped for. Although Erik ended the game Epic in the last book, the Dark Queen has downloaded a new game called Saga to the computers on New Earth for humans to "play." The difference is that Saga is less a game and more a universe within a universe, as the characters are all evolved entities. Oh yeah, and the Dark Queen is scheming to force the humans to reprogram Saga so she can rule both her universe and the outside one for eternity. Plots and su ...more
Dec 26, 2009 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, sf
Will totally appeal to video gamers, goths, punks, guys, and other fans of Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother". So what would happen if a virtual world became so sophisticated that the characters gained real consciousness? How real would that world be, and how would the characters feel about it? What if 1 character ruled this world for thousands of years? Lots of fast-paced action, boarding, a big race/shoot 'em up, and an mad, evil queen. I hadn't read the previous book in the series, "Epic", but ...more
Dec 15, 2015 Luke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saga is the sequel to Epic, both well written books by Conor Kostick. Saga is a game set in a more modern time period than Epic. It includes a much more intricate storyline and higher real-world risks to the players. It is an overall more advanced book than Epic, but lacks the emotion of its predecessor.

It is told from multiple perspectives but otherwise is told like many other books. It is mainly about the link between two universes, as the Saga has become so advanced that all the beings in the
Aug 16, 2015 Brad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, dystopia, z-2015
Better than the first book in the series. Also a fairly significant shift in style from the first--the focus is almost entirely within the game world and is completely from POV of characters in it. Erik and B.E. from Epic do show up and play some role, but it's a very different story.

Cool setting, and the tiered society with their various colors was interesting. Ghost and the crew she spends time with were enjoyable. I also liked the ability of some individuals to step out of the game universe a
Sherwood Smith
Oct 18, 2008 Sherwood Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book, labeled Epic #2, is no retread of the first. It's about a teen-age punk airboarder with no memories, who lives with a bunch of outcast kids. Ranged against them are the forces of oppression, but Kostick doesn’t settle for cliche even though this is a novel for kids. Then, just as you’re figuring out the setup, the borderland between worlds opens up. It’s great reading–if I were a teen now, it would have blown me away.
Jan 22, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: related-to-games
"SAGA" was a good sequel to the first one "EPIC" but, it doesn't live up to it's prequel "EPIC". The good stuff about is that it introduces a whole to group of friends set to save their world, and bring justice back. Aside from the fact that it might show some teen+ content (drugs, raves, and vandalism). The bad stuff is that Cindella the character of Erik, is not active enough for me to call it a sequel. A sequel I find is that the main character is still the main character from the two books. ...more
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Class: L-A2 (FP)

(Second book of the Epic Trilogy; it could be read as a stand-alone novel)

I've enjoyed the first of this series and more so for this second book: simple but wonderful characters and a story intriguing and well told. Perhaps it is for younger readers and sometimes is too ingenuous but a good book all the same.

The world (3,75) is a sci-fi dystopian world... a double dystopian world really: a planet where colonists went after some great war on Earth, and a virtual game wor
May 05, 2011 Cherrylea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was better than the first book! The creativity was blowing my mind apart! I'm going to do a quick review, though - time is short, and my policy is that if it's a sequel or more, a quick review is allowed.

1. Erik is back! As Cindella, too - it's interesting to see him (her?) from somebody else's point of view.

2. The whole concept of the RAL's are so ingenious - we were already introduced to the idea that some beings of the game developed a conscience in Epic, and that is further explored in
Lady Knight
Saga was trully a magnificent sequel, it honestly put Epic to shame.

This time around the world is gritty, dark and much more like a science fiction novel than the fantasy world presented in Epic. Saga was a computer game created on earth over 2 000 years ago, but the game came to develop is own intelligence and grew sentient beings called RAL. Most people in this world have no idea that they're world isn't "real" per-se. Likewise when all the former players from Epic come to Saga, they have no
I really liked Epic, but I wasn't sure what to expect from the sequel. I was pleasantly surprised by Saga. Whereas Epic told the story of a society dependent upon an advanced video game world, Saga tells the story of a society within a very different video game. Saga is a world with a very rigid class system, and Ghost and her friends are at the very bottom rung. They are anarcho-punks, protesting the unjust economic system. When Saga becomes available to the people of New Earth and Erik and his ...more
Karen Ball
Jun 05, 2011 Karen Ball rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saga is a sentient game, engineered thousands of years ago by humans, and then taken over by the game as it became self-aware. Now, only two beings are left from that time: the Dark Queen, who has come to New Earth and replaced the massive multiplayer game of Epic with Saga, and her last loyal assassin, Michelotto. The Queen is in search of a human willing to reprogram Saga to allow her children to be immortal, and she will do anything to get what she wants, including enslaving two million of Ne ...more
Jun 23, 2008 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Saga is built upon class. Ghost has none. This is a problem as everyone in the world has been given a color based upon their class, red for slums up to violet for the ruling class. Ghost awakes to find herself alone and with no memory in the middle of a big city, and she soon realizes that without even a red standing she is a nobody. As a thief and punk she is often in trouble, but in jail her world turns upside down. A flamboyant female pirate, the hero Erik from the first novel, enters and bre ...more
Kenny bixler
Mar 06, 2013 Kenny bixler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
saga is the thrilling sequel to the book Epic by conor kostick and it is about a game that is a sentient game and the "sequel or replacement of the game epic"and there is a villain in the game by the name of the "dark queen".and the only remaining part of the game of epic is the persona of the character from the first book cindella. cindella is the name of Erik's, the protagonist from the first book, character and when he joins the game of saga he and his friends B.E, injeborg, and bjorn along w ...more
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Oct 11, 2011 06charitiJ rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-reports
Saga, by Connor Kostick, was an Irish book with 367 pages of an action-packed, well-thought out novel of a computer game. Although it was second in a series, the previous book being Epic, it had a completely different story but a similar plot. The characters and their personalities seemed so real and tangible, it seemed like a real world - it is a book that makes me think more about life, and what if we were actually in a computer game, and we didn't even know it?

"After twenty-seven seconds sp
Meine Meinung:
Also erst einmal habe ich mich tierisch geärgert, das nirgendwo draufstand, dass es ein 2. Teil ist. Der erste Teil heißt „Epic“ und dieser hier baut darauf auf. Somit war gerade der Anfang unheimlich anstrengend und verwirrend. Grundsätzlich war die Grundhandlung über ein Computerspiel, das irgendwann autonom geworden ist, ganz interessant, obwohl es aus meiner Sicht zu utopisch und verwirrend war. Computer-begeisterte Jugendliche könnten das anders sehen und ich denke das dieses
Jul 15, 2013 Travis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
I had read Epic several years ago, but only yesterday picked up the sequel, Saga. Though my memories of the first book are a little vague, I remember thinking that it was an entertaining enough read, but a little on the strange side and nothing special. I thought much of the same for Saga.
The plot is somewhat complicated. It primarily follows an "anarcho-punk" named Ghost who has no memory of her past. She lives in a computer game called Saga, whose characters/inhabitants have become self-aware
After reading the first book in this series, I have to admit that I was pumped up to read this book. Unfortunately, and it may have been because I had expected so much from it (and that is my disclaimer), I felt extremely let down. Now, I'm assuming that anybody who's looking at this review and this book has already read the first book, Epic. If you haven't, stop now and go find it. I highly recommend it. If you have then, let's continue. Others who have read that book have admitted that they of ...more
Nov 14, 2008 Smaileh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Epic, I was really looking forward to reading its sequel, Saga. Since Epic ended with the destruction of the game that was ruining their world, I expected Saga to deal with the rebuilding of their world. I was wrong, but I wasn't disappointed.

Saga is another massive virtual reality game, but in this one the NPCs (non-player characters) have become sentient. They live their own lives in a futuristic society where socio-economic classes are kept strictly in their places. Ghost is an
Jun 26, 2008 Abby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, dystopia, sf
A disappointing follow-up to Epic -- really only 1 and 1/2 stars. The characters felt much more one-dimensional, the dialogue flatter (painfully so at times), and the world of Saga was not as interesting as the interplay between New Earth and the online game Epic. Plus, the whole anarcho-punk thing drove me nuts -- there are a few authors who can skillfully weave descriptions of punk subcultures into their plots without it seeming forced or trying to hard to be cool -- Aaron Cometbus, Michelle T ...more
Gwen the Librarian
Ghost lives on the streets with a gang of rebel airboarders. They all have status cards, but she doesn't. She doesn't even have memories of her childhood - who is she really? To survive she steals whatever she can. In the world that is Saga, status is determined at birth and only a few will ever advance. Lately, though, things have been changing. People appear and disappear without warning, the Guilds are getting dissatisfied with their immobility, and the Dark Queen is getting ready to change i ...more
As a sequel to the popular Epic, Saga continues the vein of mixing reality and virtual reality. However, whereas Epic was more in the type of a fun adventure involving dungeons and dragons MMORPG, Saga goes for a turn towards the philosophical and scifi (a la Second Life) as it approaches the idea of what makes a person 'alive' when the reader is confronted with the knowledge that the main characters we've taken for granted as 'real' are in actuality living their lives in a virtual game. Readers ...more
I just read about this book on the What's the Name of That Book??? group. Here's the link:

I decided I wanted to read it too, so I looked for it on BookMooch. There was one copy available, so I requested it. I'll write a proper review after I've read it.

I enjoyed this book well enough. It held my interest, although it was a bit longer than it really needed to be.

There is no romance or sex in this book, although the beginnings of romance were vaguely hinted
Oct 13, 2010 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 13, 2008 Clickety rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ownit, scifi, ya, adventure, fiction
After being unexpectedly caught by the authorities for a bit of creative anarchy, Ghost is rescued by a cheerfully callous stranger named Cindella Dragonslayer. Later, she finds out from her friends that other mysterious foreigners have begun to show up in town - apparently out of thin air. Where are they coming from? Why do they behave so oddly?

Another fantastic alternate-society book from Kostick. This book picks up after Epic ended, but it follows a new set of principal characters. The main c
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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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