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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 fo

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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 5th 2007 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published 2004)
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Elias You know VR headsets? Conor Kostick basically predicted them. Imagine "clipping" on a VR headset to play Epic.
JoacoMaster300 There is some good connections with the characters in the game, but other than that no.
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Kyle
Jun 08, 2011 marked it as to-read
In a world ruled by video games I would probably be a hobo.
Karin
May 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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Lisa
May 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016, lemmed
There might be a good story here but I can't find it under some of the worst published writing I've ever seen. :(
Skip
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
On New Earth, violence is illegal. Epic (a MMORPG=Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) 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. Life is hard for all but the uber rich and central committee. Erik's family suffers, especially since his father (view spoiler), but Erik makes a bold move in Epic, choosing to be ...more
Josefine
Apr 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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D.L.
Feb 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Savannah
Mar 07, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Heidi The Hippie Reader
Perfect for fans of Ready Player One or anyone who has ever enjoyed playing an MMORPG. Erik, a young boy in a futuristic society, tires of scrabbling for his day-to-day existence in real life and in a virtual world, where all wealth and legal issues are decided by combat in a game called Epic. Almost everyone in Erik's society kills kobalds and other low level monsters every day, to gather pennies to improve their online characters and, therefore, their society. After dying, yet again, and crush ...more
WHiT MiLLz
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Epic is about a group of friends on New Earth. Earth was torn apart by violence, so New Earth settlers brought one rule: no violence. This book is really good towards the middle, but towards the end I was disappointed. It led up to this huge final battle in the computer game of Epic, after we'd just learned they could actually die in real life through the game. But then the battle came, and it was so easy, it had no sense of danger at all. Even when the most powerful player in the game, an NPC w ...more
Kadry
Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: virtually-real
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.
Ben
Mar 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'm not trying to say I can write an awesome book everyone will love, but this book is incredibly stupid.
Rob Cooke
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"A true progenitor of LitRPG. Amazing & Immersive!"
This book is claimed as being one of the forerunners to the increasingly growing LitRPG genre and it is easy to see why.
This book has a wonderful premise, a society that has done away with violence and uses VR instead to deal with conflict and give an outlet for humanities savage urges.
The book deals with topics in its stride such as Sociology of a populace that uses a RPG game to determine all facets of its society. Politics whereby various
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K.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Personally, this is one of the best books I've read in a long, long time.

Yes, this book was extremely hard for me to start and get into, since the wording occasionally got a little extra at times. This required me to reread a bunch of parts in order to understand what was all happening.

But this all changed in the middle of the book.

Suspense. Oh. my. god. This author incorporated suspense in the most intricate way. And don't get me started on the plot twists. I couldn't tear my eyes away from th
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John
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book pretty much fell in my lap and I otherwise would have never known of its existence.

This was a new genre for me, or sub-genre I guess. I have to admit it was an enjoyable read. No doubt the target audience is a younger one, but hey whoever said I was a real adult.

All in all, I really enjoyed the story and connected with some of the characters. My biggest critiques would be that things seemed to move along at too fast a clip, an extra hundred pages would have done the story some good, wh
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23hliesch
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Adreonna
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Epic by Conor Kostick is an exciting read with an interesting story line. I can guarantee it’s like nothing else you’ve ever read before. It’s about a society whose whole government depends on a game. A game created by unknown people to be fun and exciting that now has turned into a monotonous cycle for most. Day after day, villagers toil away on their farms to barely scrape by in life. At night, their children hook up to a game called Epic to slowly kill mobs of enemies with little reward. All ...more
Andrew
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
spectacular. Worth being placed in my top 5 books.
Halcyon Daze
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Karin Librarian for TeensReadToo.com

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
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David Medford
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty good, it was an interesting idea, but was a little strange. Overall it was good though.
Ange
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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Nick Lawler
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Alex M
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Tres
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Epic is about a Eric, a boy how wants to help his parents get more money. He plan on doing that through a virtual reality game. Every time he makes it close to the end he always dies and has to restart all over again. He created a whole new avatar which was better than all the others he made which led to him facing new challenges. He found a group of other players and joined them since they were all going for the same goal. As they got closer and closer to getting to were they wanted to be they ...more
Greyson G.
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 against with
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Alexander Schatt
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
lexile:880
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)
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Alex
Feb 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Set in a world in which violence between people is a serious crime, Eric and his friends resolve their conflicts while playing the game Epic. As events unfold that take his loved ones away, Eric begins to realize that the game has become more than a game, that it in fact dominates and controls his real life. Surrounded by his friends, Eric and his game character Cindella undertake a quest that might result in the end of the game, and the freedom of those around him.
Like the Utopian world gone wr
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Amanda P
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I haven't read a book that quickly since Harry Potter and The Kingkiller Chronicles.

This book captured my interest from the beginning. It kept me entertained throughout the entire book. I enjoyed how the characters had missions that they went after, but how the missions also changed throughout the book. I also enjoyed how the book had a reality and an alternate reality within Epic. I found it hard to distinguish between the two at the beginning, but that confusion di
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Trevor
Aug 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Ms.
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Conor Kostick was a designer for the world's first live action role-playing game, Treasure Trap. 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 Books for Youth list for 2007. Set in a fantasy MMORPG, Epic can be consider ...more

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