Sit down and strap yourself in for this ride! No. that isn't a sexual euphemism, though you may certainly feel the need for a cigarette after you turnSit down and strap yourself in for this ride! No. that isn't a sexual euphemism, though you may certainly feel the need for a cigarette after you turn the final page in this latest Lexy Cooper mystery.
It's certainly not easy being Lexy Cooper. Not only is she a woman trying to make her way and mark in a predominantly testosterone laden field, but she's found herself in the midst of multiple murders on the Xenon campus and surrounding area. While this time Lexy is lucky enough to not be directly involved in solving the murder, she does lend her strengths and talent to assist her uncle Mike when she can. As if that was not bad enough, a new web site, IHateLexyXenon.com, devoted to mocking and publicly humiliating Lexy has popped up on the Internet. It's no wonder Lexy is on edge as all this is happening during the Next Gen console launch as Xenon promotes and releases its latest and greatest console to the masses.
Without giving anything major away in the book, this was easily my favorite in the series so far. The story has matured a great deal and the characters have really been fleshed out over the course of three books. The location and setting feels familiar, even though I've never visited that part of the country. Each character has their own motivations and persona that lend well to the story and aren't just flat, filler characters for the sake of having a character. I'm really looking forward to each book that Christa Charter releases in the Lexy series, and am excited for an Uncle Mike spin-off novel.
All in all... even a week after finishing the book, I'm still reeling from the final chapters where everything came to a head and will no doubt have forever changed Lexy. After everything that's happened to her so far, Lexy definitely deserves to have something go her way.
Poor Lexy just can't catch a break. Just as she was settling down after a shocking murder on the Xenon campus, she unknowingly stumbles across yet anoPoor Lexy just can't catch a break. Just as she was settling down after a shocking murder on the Xenon campus, she unknowingly stumbles across yet another murder of a Xenon employee. Along with her co-workers and Uncle Mike, Lexy sets out to see if she can figure out the mystery of who the killer is and why they did it.
As much as I enjoyed the first Lexy book, Schooled, Pwned really hit its stride and built upon the characters we were introduced to previously and they became more fleshed out. I'm still amazed at the glimpses into the gaming world that these books give me. Sure, it's most likely not 100% accurate, but I'm sure that there is a great deal of truth in the gaming community and other aspects of working at a video game company in there.
All in all, I'm very glad to have found these books through following Christa on Twitter for the past few years while she was part of the XBox team. I am going to proceed directly to the 3rd book in the series as its out now and no waiting. :)...more
The world of Lexy is brought to life in a believable manner by an author that drew upon her many years in the gaming industry. What starts off as a muThe world of Lexy is brought to life in a believable manner by an author that drew upon her many years in the gaming industry. What starts off as a murder/mystery evolves into an exciting look at the gaming world through the eyes of Lexy in her Xenon personality and co-workers as she assists her police officer uncle who is investigating the murder. Being a gamer, I think that the glimpses into that world were more interesting, to me, and helped to flesh out the world of Lexy. It certainly helped to make the world in the story seem more real.
While I don't know Christa Charter in real life, I have followed her Twitter feed for a number of years and saw her post bits and pieces of her time as part of the XBox 360 social media team. I think that made reading the book that much more fun as it felt like I was reading a novel that a friend wrote. I'm looking forward to reading the next books in this trilogy and to see where she takes Lexy from here.
I have to say, I was kind of excited to read this book when I first heard about it. Short stories about people having a machine telling them the methoI have to say, I was kind of excited to read this book when I first heard about it. Short stories about people having a machine telling them the method in which they die? Interesting. That those revelations are vague and not specific, even more interesting.. However, that build up in my mind was about the best thing from the book. There were a few stories that stood out to me, but most of them kind of just fell flat to me. The story would craft the set up and build up to some reveal only to have it end with no pay off or this is what happens. I almost wanted to stop reading at certain points but made myself finish since I had invested the time already. I'm not sure if I will end up reading the next book, but part of me wants to so that I find out if any of the stories are better than the ones in this book.
If I was an author that submitted my story to the book and it didn't make the cut and a story that was simply one line "HIV from infected Death Machine Needle." made it in, I'd be pretty upset. Still, there were a few stand out stories, Almond was interesting with its journal entries telling a story from the perspective of a scientist testing the machine to Starvation which made me feel a bit anxious for the subject of the story. Most of them, sadly, just did not work for me and the writing was difficult at times....more