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Omnitopia Dawn: Omnitopia #1 (Omnitopia #1)

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Created by Dev Logan, Omnitopia is the most popular and successful massive multiplayer online game ever. But now as Dev is about to roll out a major new expansion to Omnitopia, there are people preparing to play a different game-one that is meant to strike at the heart of Omnitopia and bring the entire system crashing down.
ebook, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Daw Books (first published July 22nd 2010)
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John Carter McKnight
While not without at least one serious flaw, Omnitopia Dawn is wonderful, classic sci-fi, and deserves a bigger readership than it's seeming to get.

This is an easy book for "if you're a fan of... you'll like..." - the game company Omnitopia (located right next to the ASU campus, and I'd give limbs to work there!) is so reminiscent of early Kim Stanley Robinson's utopianism that I dreamed about him last night. The black hat/white hat thriller plot driven by strong (if stereotyped) characters is
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Marlene
In the middle of the first chapter of Omnitopia Dawn by Diane Duane, I kept thinking "I've played this book". Not "I've read this book", but "I've played this book", as in there's a game just like this. And there is. The beginning of the book is from the perspective of a player in an extremely immersive massively multiplayer online world that is so detailed that at first the reader doesn't realize that the perspective is inside a game. Then, he steps back into "real" life, and you realize he was ...more
rivka
Oct 29, 2014 rivka rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who know what an MMPORG is
Recommended to rivka by: Jacqueline
While not an MMPORG player myself, I know a fair bit about them from my geeky RPing friends. (I'm geeky but not RPing, if you see the difference.) That may make me the perfect audience for this book. I suspect actual gamers might object to some of the details.

Published in 2010, this book is near-future, set in 2015. Some of the "future tech" is already obsolete (who has a PDA anymore? just use your smartphone for that), but overall the near/alternate-future is fairly believable.

From fairly early
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Cass
Jun 04, 2014 Cass is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This book is badly written, but it is like a train-wreck, I can't look away.

My response to chapter 1:
I was a gamer when I was in my mid-20s. My husband and I would spend every spare moment gaming. One day in the middle of an 8-hour raid one of the other players apologised for being distracted, his children had just came in and bothered him.

I was horrified. He had children and had spent 8 hours game playing with people that he did not know.

For me game-playing is something done by people with plen
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Dan
Unsatisfying.

This book describes a conflict between a Good CEO and a Bad CEO; each of them own large companies which run MMORPGs. Corporate America being what it is, the Good CEO and the Bad CEO don't directly interact; in fact all we see of the Bad CEO is a couple of scenes in which he introspects about how guilty he feels because he knows he's a bad person.

(In fairness, a decent chunk of the Good CEO's screen time is taken up with the author narrating how awesome it is that he's such a nice pe
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kvon
I had some problems with this book, resulting in a slog through the first three hundred pages. The bad guys are all way too evil, of the twirling-mustache type; the good guys pretty unalloyed good. Lots of business talk which is important but does nothing for me. Very few of the characters change or grow in any way--off the top of my head, I can think of Arnulf and Angela, and Cora, and that's about it. (Not counting Delia, who may change after the action but was mostly being reacted against.) I ...more
Shanshad Whelan
I liked this story just fine, and I'll probably read the next installment with some enjoyment. But I think it's important that reader's coming into this story know what it is not. It is not an uber-geek exploration of VR worlds and tech. In fact it spend relatively little time on tech and on how the worlds work inside the game--most of it is spent on character and on how cool the games are. There's some neat stuff here, but if you're into gaming on the techie side, this probably will seem a bit ...more
Laura
It's fun, it's light, it's got glowing trees and swords made out of code.

I was skeptical when I learned the book was about a MMORPG, since that story has basically been done to death, but I held out hope that Duane would surprise me with something new. Unfortunately, there's no new story here. She spends most of her time establishing her cliched characters, the good-guy-corporate-man and the bad-guy-corporate-man. I do like the Omnitopia universe, standard-issue as it is, though its world-build
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AE Michels
I had no idea this book was coming. In fact, I found it completely by accident--a serendipity that completely turned my day around. Disclaimer: anything Ms. Duane writes, I read. That said, I like to consider myself a pretty good judge of literature after almost forty years' practice!

The product description gives a decent synopsis of the plot's frame, but it leaves out how rich the characters are, how complex the game is, and the many threads that go to make up the story. If you like what Ms. Du
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Wayne
Oct 27, 2010 Wayne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wayne by: Gloria
Shelves: fiction
I'm a big fan of Diane Duane's Young Wizard's series. This is the first "adult" book of hers that I've read. I can see a lot of similarities in her themes between this book and the Young Wizard's series.
This book takes place in 2015. An online game called Omnitopia (think World of Warcraft meets Second Life times 100) is about to update to its latest release. The main characters are the owner of the company and an experienced player who has just been given the opportunity to create his own littl
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Emily
Another story partially set in an MMO. Basically a story of industrial espionage culminating in a hacker attack against the game world. I like Duane's writing and have read a lot of her books, but I'm finding her characters are becoming more and more two dimensional. The good guys are all very similar - personable, competent, inclined to breezy flippancy while they heroically do this or that, never showing the smallest character flaw. Maybe this is a byproduct of all the young adult books she's ...more
Luann
This started out a little slow, and took forever to introduce all of the major characters. But most of the characters felt real to me once I got to know them, and I think I'm going to miss them now that I've finished the book! I enjoyed this world, even though I've never really done any gaming like this. The aspect that really fascinated me was the happy work environment with all the loyal employees who loved their job and felt like an important part of a team creating something really great tog ...more
Schnaucl
I'm not sure why, but I expected more of the novel to take place in-game. I was expecting it to be more like Ready Player One. The game sounds like it would be fun.

The main focus of the story is actually on getting a new expansion released and the stock price of the company releasing the game. It's actually more interesting than it sounds because a lot of it does play out in-game.

It's not as good as Ready Player One but it was entertaining.
Christopher Vargas
There are a many virtual reality game fiction stories out there that blend outside world and in, many of them mind you, loooooots. Some stay longer in the real world, others in the virtual, while a few manage to blend the both evenly and well.
This one i loved for the real world scenario it displayed with a simple man wanting to release a game he built for people to come play with, to share with and enjoy. Yet has to deal with those that are greedy and would see him not do so. While balancing a,
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Heather
Diane Duane’s Omnitopia Dawn is the first book in the Omnitopia series. It starts out slowly. I tend to take notes while I read, and my notes this time read, “don’t read while sleepy”; I found that out the hard way.

I think of Omnitopia Dawn as cyberpunk without the punk. There are virtual offices and meeting spaces, technology that allows you to feel and smell as well as see the virtual spaces around you, and so forth. When the characters fight against hackers, much of that fight takes place in
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Linda
Good story, good listen, but not to be mistaken as literature!

Most of the characters in this story are just too good to be true. And the bad guys we get to know just don't seem too bad, even if they are involved in corporate espionage and posing a real cybersecurity problem.

Dev, the 8t/ 7th richest person in the world, is the owner and First Player of Omnitopia, a MMORPG. Dev has build a business campus that rivals that of Google. His employees love working there. He and his family live on camp
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Chip
I read this at the recommendation of someone that said this book was a better written "Ready Player One". Unfortunately I can not agree with that assessment. The writing was OK but the story isn't too similar to Cline's novel. It seems the virtual reality world is almost a background element to this book. It is more about corporate espionage in the digital age. It is missing the identifiable hero. And the ending (last two chapters) is disappointing and takes a big 180.
Stephen
This book is good old fashioned fun and has managed to make computer programming exciting I can't remember a time I had as much fun reading about a video game as I did actually playing one. The world that the book is set in is captivating, both the virtual world of the game and the "real world" set slightly in the future in 2015. As much as I loved reading about the game the main plot focused on Dev Logan, CEO of the corporation that runs Omnitopia. I'm a big fan of financial thrillers and this ...more
Pam
I had to roll my eyes so often and so hard while listening to this audiobook, folks around me probably think I have some kind of nervous tic.
The good guys in this story are so perfect, so righteous and so very honest it gets kind of ridiculous.
There are no grey areas or moral ambiguities, leading to dull and boring characters.

It's a shame, really. In more capable hands this could have been quite epic.
Janet
I so want to play online in the Omnitopedia worlds. Sounds like a combination of WoW and Second Life and something bigger. What variety and what fun! I flew through this book, it sucked me right in and I was even okay with the ending. Can't wait for #2.
SR
Interesting. I don't think Duane's current style adapts as well to adult-geared fiction as her writing style in, say, Stealing the Elf-King's Roses did. The narrated thoughts and awe of the Young Wizards series works beautifully for the Young Wizards themselves, but it came across as a bit overstated in a book that's half corporate intrigue. Nevertheless, the corporate intrigue was clever, and she gets away with a good deal of fun and plausible tech. (Granted, running about a decade early - the ...more
MB (What she read)
Jan 12, 2011 MB (What she read) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gamers? Techies?
Basically it seemed to be about industrial espionage, an attempted corporate takeover, in and about cyberspace with a 'surprise' at the end to set up for the next book. I know that's not a good synopsis. Sorry! I found this book fairly confusing.

Since I have little knowledge of gaming and my tech knowledge is minimal, I had a hard time with this book. But the plot is interesting, the characters (although very thin) are full of potential, and the story ended intriguingly so I'll probably try the
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Christina K
I'm halfway through the audiobook, and it's reasonably entertaining, but... Maybe I'm just too familiar with DD's style & themes, but I'm already placing bets with myself about what happens next. It's well-written, the ideas are good, and maybe they wouldn't be so slow on the written or e-page, but through the reading, I'm going "yes, yes, and that's the next bad guy" and "yes, yes, that's a concealed good guy" and "dear God will the bad guy who runs the Microsoft-type corporation never shut ...more
Talizmyn
Diane Duane is one of my favourite authors since reading her novel, The Book of Night with Moon. Seeing Omnitopia Dawn on the shelf in Chapters (and I rarely see any of her books in the store - ever) I was fairly certain it would be a book that I would enjoy.

And I was right about that.

And the book was enjoyable, the game-world is vast and amazing, and, if Omnitopia existed, I am sure it would be one that I would invest both time and money into. Much of the novel was spent explaining and describi
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Cupof Tea
The last 3rd of this story made up for a pretty boring start. I wish the story had got into things faster (I'm wondering if because this is a trilogy it was on purpose to get me hooked to the characters right at the end). I would give about 200 pages of this only one star.

The writing style at times got a bit "heady" and I wondered if I had been reading too much YA fiction to understand the big words, but upon reading a little out loud to the hubby, he agreed that sometimes the technical wordings
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Estara
Dec 31, 2011 Estara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of mmorpg gaming and sf tv series set on earth
Recommended to Estara by: it's Diane Duane does MMORPGs
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2011
Yes, this was a lot like watching a movie. The focus was on the overall experience, but this being a Diane Duane book the characters were individual, well characterised and just plain fun - I liked the reveal about Stoopwaffel at the end (and I expect George to have been Raoul, actually, based on that frustrated comment about oceans). Rik and Angela were a nice viewpoint into the player perspective, and I love seeing the good guys get ahead.

I do have to say that I think the old anniversary plot
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Dan
The worlds of Omnitopia are thoroughly-enjoyable settings, though tied very closely to modern experiences of multiplayer gaming. The author also draws on current understandings of "good" technology companies versus "bad" Wall Street firms; while the antagonist is another game company and CEO, its attending descriptors seem much like today's vilified financial institutions. This text has, therefore, the potential to age quickly like Tom Clancy's Net Force. Duane's characters are somewhat one-dime ...more
Tagra
That was certainly a story! I'm not really sure what to say about it.

The book is about a MMORPG that is on a level past what we see today. People actually log into it as a virtual reality, and within the world there are little sub worlds of different themes and game types. In many ways it's like the internet itself with various web pages, except the pages are worlds where people take on roles. Most of the ones described are your typical fantasy tropes with orcs and elves and swords, but it passe
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The Unfanboy
Cyberspace ain’t what it used to be. In the era when William Gibson coined the term (it’s another one of those useful SF neologisms, like tanj) readers imagined that navigating the Internet would someday become a transcendent experience, its own reality. But thus far logging on has proven to be somewhat more mundane. That’s not because we don’t have awesome virtual reality goggles, but because it turns out that most people want to use the Internet to augment reality, not replace it. We use Fours ...more
Willow
This is my first Diane Duane book, and I definitely enjoyed the experience. She does a fantastic job immersing you in her world, and I think this work will speak to gamers everywhere.

My initial perception wasn't stellar, since it started out a little slow and each of the first three scenes showcased a different point of view. I didn't really develop an attachment to any of the characters up front because we spent so little time on each.

About halfway through, however, I was completely caught up.
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Diane Duane has been a writer of science fiction, fantasy, TV and film for more than thirty years.
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