**spoiler alert** I love the idea of this novel - what if all the fighting video games out there were really training simulators, teaching generations**spoiler alert** I love the idea of this novel - what if all the fighting video games out there were really training simulators, teaching generations of kids (and adults) how to fight, how to fly, how to control remote drones and battle aliens? What if all the sci-fi movies and books from the last 40 years were created to indoctrinate the general public to the idea that alien life is out there, and we might have to fight it somehow?
That's exactly what happens in this book. Zack goes from being an angry, angsty teenager that happens to be really, really good at a particular video game to a key part of earth's defense against the attacks against the aliens he had unknowingly been training to fight in his video games.
I appreciated that Zack noted how weird it was that the "real" aliens behaved exactly like the video game aliens, and that both he and his father fought to discover the truth and stop the invasion before it got out of hand. What I didn't like so much was the way Zack's dad was recruited - did they really have to fake their deaths? Couldn't they have said they were joining the CIA or some other covert agency, and could only check in via phone? It felt like Xavier was made to disappear because he had to for Zack to develop into the hero the book needed. Also, it makes me angry that Xavier has to die in the end, and that the admiral pretty much just says, "Whoops! My bad! Thanks for saving us and sorry I killed your dad to try and stop you." I feel like there should have been bigger repercussions for that whole situation."
I enjoyed reading this one, and it seems like there could potentially be a sequel, which could be interesting. There's lots we haven't learned about those aliens, including everything about them. If you're looking for more books like this, I would recommend Cline's first book, Ready Player One (which I happen to prefer over this one), or Redshirts by John Scalzi, which has similar themes of "why am I always the center of the story and miraculously survive all the time?" Very meta and funny....more
I definitely waited too long between volumes because as much as I love Captain Marvel, it took me a while to get into this one. I don't remember who GI definitely waited too long between volumes because as much as I love Captain Marvel, it took me a while to get into this one. I don't remember who Grace Valentine is enough for her break out to upset me. Unfortunate, but maybe partially my own fault.
I love the story with Chewie, but I'm sad that we're not going to see a hundred Flurkittens following Carol around on her adventures. The story told through letters from home was an interesting way to connect Carol to earth, and I'm glad she was able to swing home for a bit.
In the end, though this was enjoyable to read, I wouldn't day this was my favorite volume because each issue was so disconnected. I'm ready to see Carol getting on with whatever her mission in space is....more
So, the director definitely knows Kyoko is in love with Ren, but is willing to not interfere. He's also gaining insight into Kyoko's mind - why she thSo, the director definitely knows Kyoko is in love with Ren, but is willing to not interfere. He's also gaining insight into Kyoko's mind - why she thinks loving Ren is so terrible, why she thinks she is such an evil person.
To be honest, I'm still not sure how this is all supposed to come together, and where exactly Kuon/Corn fit into the equation. Obviously Kyoko was attached to him from childhood, but what effect did little Kyoko have on Kuon? It's been so long since I read those parts that I really don't remember. As it stands now, Ren seems to think Kyoko only sees him as a veteran actor to look up to, and when they meet in Guam, with him as Kuon, he seems to relish the chance to interact with her on a more personal, less formal basis.
The question now is, did Kyoko really recognize Ren? She sees the similarities, but will she actually see through the "disguise" and put two and two together? So many lies, and all because everyone is too afraid to tell the truth. Where is this all going?...more
Kissing! We have kissing! Of course, Kyoko still doesn't know Kuon/Corn is Ren. But I'm happy that Kyoko is starting to figure herself out, and her doKissing! We have kissing! Of course, Kyoko still doesn't know Kuon/Corn is Ren. But I'm happy that Kyoko is starting to figure herself out, and her doing so is helping Ren to figure out himself as well. I love what Kyoko says about not having regrets, even for her mom not loving her, and being betrayed by Sho, because her experiences have made her into the person she is now, and without them, she wouldn't have met "him," aka Ren.
I'm really hoping hearing Kyoko say that has made Ren realize that he's in a similar position - no matter what regrets he has and what he thinks he deserves based on his past, he wouldn't be the person he is now without them. It was cute seeing him get jealous over Kyoko's deference to her promise to Ren to keep pure, even though he knows that he and Ren are the same person. I'm still surprised he hasn't realized that Kyoko actually loves him, but hopefully that will be coming soon.
Also, that kiss. Or should I say kisses? The tiny peck that Kyoko gave Kuon was almost as swoon worthy as the swooping kiss he then gave her because we know how much thought and meaning she put into that kiss. These two, I just love them together....more
Ren and Kyoko finish their time as the Heel siblings (and Kyoko tells Ren about kissing Kuon, aka himself). It really seems like Ren made a breakthrouRen and Kyoko finish their time as the Heel siblings (and Kyoko tells Ren about kissing Kuon, aka himself). It really seems like Ren made a breakthrough in his whole Kuon mental block violence issue, and his conversation with Kyoko about her day with Corn helped solidify that feeling inside him. Instead of seeing himself as light and dark, constantly in battle, he sees for himself a more brilliant future, one of his unified self, together with Kyoko.
The next question is, what's up with Kyoko? She has acknowledged to herself her feelings for Ren, but is that what changed in her acting of Setsu, the way she was being more overprotective of Cain? Or was it evidence that she was really taking her acting seriously, as she was reminded by what Muramame said about wanting to improve and get better than Cain? Regardless, I love it, and I love how much Ren is baffled by her behavior.
Sho is back, to see if Kyoko's ok after maybe/maybe not seeing her mother. He actually does seem to care, which is completely shocking to Kyoko. I really need to go back and read the early bmooks again, because I don't actually remember what's up with her mother, other than she left her with Sho's family. It definitely seems like she about to have a run-in with her mom, and her mom seems to at least be curious about what she's been up to. Hopefully it doesn't completely derail the progress she's made....more