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The Matrix/ Ender's Game meets The Hunger Games ...


What if, instead of traditional schools, children learned by participating in a virtual reality simulation, one that allowed them to experience, "life" from birth to death - multiple times?


What if one player,
on his final play,
could change the world forever...?
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Published August 22nd 2013 by Smashwords Edition (first published October 12th 2012)
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Libbet
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Oh MY god, get an editor. It sounds like it could be a good concept, but I can't deal with the comma splices, run on sentences, spelling errors, and poor grammar enough to get through it. "Alot?" Really?
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Honestly. Glad I got it for free.

EDIT 1/28
Terry graciously sent me a copy of the edited version for free after I left this snotty 1-star review. Hazards of being an English major - I simply can't cope with poor grammar, no matter the content. That being said, his editor did a great job
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Ali
Sep 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can just imagine the author sitting down with buddies at a bar just before the book was written: "I have this idea for a book," he began, "it's a little like Matrix and the Hunger Games." The Author then laughed and said, "and iRobot, and Star Trek, and hey, let's just add a little from every sci-fi book I love!" His friends would then tease, "anything in the book going to be your original idea, man?" The Author shrugged his shoulders and replied, "It'll be my words, isn't that enough?" To whi ...more
Stevie Kincade
(Audiobook) (Internal Dialogue) Do I make fun of the fact that this is the 2nd audiobook in a row I have listened to that has a 5 star rating on the cover from Amazon Customer ? This one stating “Holy WOW – Amazon Customer”. Do I wonder how good a book originally published in 2012 and now receiving the 2016 luxury Luke Daniels Audiobook treatment could be if the best review in 4 years came from Amazon Customer ? No? let’s skip the snark? Ok then!

“The Game” has quite a bit going for it: a terrific premi
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Jennifer Jernigan
I found this book for free for the Nook on Barnes and Noble and I took a shot. I am glad I did. I found this to be a Matrix meets Ender's Game meet [insert fav. dystopian novel] and it was fantastic. I have a major book hangover from reading this one!

The plot is fantastic and is paced very well. It had me from the very begining and I could not put it down. I read it in half a day.
They do not have the second, third or fourth on Barnes and Noble so I will be ordering them from Amazon
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Amy
I like the Matrix type story and the concept. However, the book felt thrown together and lacking in the details.

I couldn't get past that the author never addressed how the people on Trew's planet were able to experience the faster time from the computer game of "Earth" in their real time. And the time lapse kept changing throughout the book. Some instances the time was 1:1, but other cases a few hours meant years in the game. There was no consistency. It estimated 5 to 6 weeks for 70 years in "
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Faith
“The Game” by Terry Schott

Do not read the end of this book just before bed. You will not be able to sleep unless you can turn off the millions of questions that come to mind when you finish reading. This is the first book in a series and it definitely needs a sequel. The problem is, it isn't published yet! That being said, on to the review.

Synopsis:

“We live in a game. Somewhere 'out' there, our real bodies are plugged into a very real virtual reality simulatio
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 Charlie - A Reading Machine
I discovered this book this morning and finished it in 4 hours after barely stopping to take a breathe. It's simply a really good read and right down my alley in terms of personal interests.

I stumbled upon this through Book Barbarian and their daily email that alerts me to a couple of free or cheap books going on Amazon. The idea of The Game immediately appealed to me in the same way Ready Player One by Ernie Cline did. It involves sending children into a virtual reality world to ess
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Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
The Game is a young adult dystopian with a concept that strongly reminds me of The Matrix.

“The extraordinary is simply that—a little bit extra than ordinary. There is great power in that little bit extra.”

In this book, life on Earth is a virtual reality game that children plug into, gaining experience and learning from living life over and over instead of attending traditional school. Although the idea is not wholly original, the way the world is built out is unique, with
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Jim Fromm
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A complete surprise.

This may be the best philosophical work I have ever read. Of course, on one level it is simply a work of fiction. On another level, I found myself consciously slowing down and taking breaks to ponder the abundance of ideas and wisdom. As a 70 year old man, who has lead an unusually exciting and fulfilling life, I found this book contains a remarkable mixture of inspiring hope and disarming cynicism. There is clearly a message here, and it is written well enough to be sure the
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Nadia
May 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like the concept of this book had so much potential that just wasn't explored. I didn't feel connected to any of the characters and I felt like every plot device raised more questions than it answered. The amount of things not explained to the reader was infuriating. That's not to mention the poor grammar and spelling.
Sorry, just didn't feel it.
Nicolinia Spurgeon
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vanessa
Nov 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-again
This a truly horrible book. Let me explain it this way: have you ever seen a young kid at the beach? A kid who tries to build a sand castle a little too close to the water? So, they're working with over saturated wet sand and the waves are crashing in taking bits of the foundation little by little. But they're just a kid so they just keep trying to pile more and more crap sand on top and things that don't make sense like twigs, rocks and maybe some seaweed because it's there. You ever seen that? ...more
Jordon Greene
I really enjoyed Schott's The Game. He does a great job coelascing the the two worlds in the story together and coming up with reasons for the everyday to the unusual in our world. Just be aware it ends with a major cliffhanger.
Jess
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine that we're living on Earth right now, but we're just computer generated avatars controlled by players in another reality. Badass, right? Right.

Free ebooks are usually a hit or miss, so I'm typically weary when I start reading one. This was possibly the best free ebook I've ever read! It's got me feeling some type of way. I really cannot explain how philosophical this book really was. I'm sure that sounds goofy as fuck, but there are things in the book that honestly make you t
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Nicolette
So I guess I got the edited version, because I didn't see the same sort of grammar twitchiness that others did, and I'm a pretty huge stickler for that stuff. But...wow. I don't know if it was because of the total immersion in the characters' lives/heads, but I felt an instant connection with Zack and Alex (or rather, Trew and Danni) that I often found myself gasping or on the verge of tears - and I am not a crier. The end of the book before the last chapter made me actually say out loud, "But that ...more
Andrew
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Not only is it an amazing science fiction story, it adds in "glimpses of the past" since it takes place in two worlds. When you are born into the virtual reality world, your conscience sits on a table in the real world, Tygon. Earth is nothing more than a simulation. Trew Radfield, played by soon to be - or not - Zack Strayne, grows up in a world with powers, people, and a plan to be the best played there ever was. Are you ready to play The Game?
Amanda Jones
Nov 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is terrible.
Coco.V
Nov 17, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
FREE on Amazon today (11/17/2017)!
Jonathan Pax
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading The Game. As I read, I found myself hooked and unable to put the book down. The plot idea was very interesting and surprisingly philosophical; however I felt that Schott didn't develop his ideas to their full potential. I would still highly recommend The Game to anyone looking for an entertaining read, similar to that of novels like Ender's Game and The Hunger Games.
Bea
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!
This was a very appealing story, full of twists and turns and very fun especially towards the end.
Steff Pasciuti
So, it's been a long time since I DNFed The Game by Terry Schott. In not wanting to re-familiarize myself with all the reasons I put this book down by picking it up again--gosh, that just sounds awful--I skimmed through a few reviews to remind myself what my reasons were. Then, I decided I'd write this as a quick and, admittedly, somewhat incomplete review for a book I couldn't bring myself to finish. Cause the truth is that The Game is really somewhat like it's cover; a nice idea with rather poor execution.

Imaginthat TheDNFed Thea 
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AudioBookReviewer
My original The Game audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Not by the synopsis alone. I preordered The Game. From an unknown to me author. With the backing of one of my go-to narrators and a publisher, that does a really good job of picking up extraordinary titles. The summary pulls at the questions at the back of my mind. Why are we here? How did we get here? What is the point of life? Well, what if the point of life was to do your best at it. All the while scoring poi
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Denise
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2018
The Game takes on the good old "what if life on Earth as we know it were just a simulation" premise, in this version one where children from the age of 5 on live entire lifetimes in a virtual reality to allow them to gain valuable skills and life experience they can then apply to their real lifes when they grow up. The protagonist is Zack, a highly ranked player about to embark on his last game run and determined to finish in the top spot. In the outside world, a team has assembled to support him, b ...more
Chris K.
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I began reading The Game by Terry Schott, I had no expectations. It was a free book that I found on iBooks and the description sounded good so I decided to read it. I enjoy reading books that have a fast pace and this was one of those books. The plot was very complex and kept me reading. I rated this The Game four stars because of all these reasons, and others, including a great setting and the incredible main idea of the book. What I did not enjoy about this book was the characters. They w ...more
Michael Hegewald
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Game" written by Terry Schott. This book is a science-fiction novel that takes place in the future. Reading this book allowed me to escape my life and enter into Zach's life and his experiences with the game. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 star rating because of its unique plot and the fact that the story was taking place in a very interesting futuristic society. I also enjoyed reading about adventures of all the different characters inside of the game. Terry Schott did ...more
Matt Durocher
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Game is easily one of the more interesting books I've recently read. Although I haven't finished it yet, the plot is gripping and easy to understand, while not too simplistic. Terry Schott did an excellent job of switching between perspectives to keep things fresh and making the readers wonder what will happen to Zack and Alex. I would recommend this book to anyone to like adventure or science fiction.
Adam Smith
I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did, as it had a nice, communal development story (uploaded to Facebook in parts for friends) and had themes I like exploring. In the end, I finished it just to squeeze out the ideas that the author had, as there were so many it ended up incoherent with little focus.

The Game is a pre-adult virtual reality life system designed to educate the children of Tygon. The Game is E. A. R. T. H. The idea is that the children come out of this system havin
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Fabi
I am racking my brain trying to figure out how to rate this book. I listened to the Audible version narrated by Luke Daniels which isn't an option in the book editions in GR. -boo-

It is 5 star narration. Very, very good.

It's an interesting plot. It's premise is that Earth is a virtual reality game created to teach kids about life. It replaces regular schools. On Earth we are all avatars for the kids playing the game while they are in suspended animation for weeks at a time while taking/>It
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Andrew Simaz
The Game is a weird offspring of the book The Hunger Games and the movie The Truman Show. Zack, the main character, is a world renowned “Player” of the game which is very similar to the Hunger Games except that it’s a simulation of life. While in the game you basically live someone else’s life, but players can buy “power ups” before entering to help them last longer. The duration and fruitfulness of your life gives you points that put you on places on the ranking in the real world. Zack, in his ...more
Carmen
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed my time reading The Game. I found myself hooked and It was a quick read. The plot idea was very interesting and surprisingly philosophical; however I felt that Schott didn't develop his ideas to their full potential. I would still recommend The Game to sci-fi Lovers. Also the originality was not there and just felt like a combination of a ton of other stories...The Matrix, Hunger Games & The Truman Show. I did love the ending and him very interested in reading the next book!
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