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Gamescape: Overworld

(The Nova Project #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  184 ratings  ·  39 reviews
The planet is dying. Centuries of abuse have damaged the earth beyond repair, and now all the authorities can do is polish the surface, make the landscape look pretty to hide the disease within. Two prominent yet mysterious businessmen couldn’t fix it, either, but they did something even better. Together, they invented Chimera, the most complex and immersive virtual realit ...more
Kindle Edition, 496 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Greenwillow
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Banana Well the dude Miguel has a girfriend but like they (kinda) broke up cos of his best friend liking her (the feeling was mustual).
Miguel also found a gi…more
Well the dude Miguel has a girfriend but like they (kinda) broke up cos of his best friend liking her (the feeling was mustual).
Miguel also found a girl in the Chimera competition he liked and they kinda make love (not really)

Zippergirl It's a fresh take on VR games. It's not Ender's Game and it's not Otherland. I loved it. Want more.…moreIt's a fresh take on VR games. It's not Ender's Game and it's not Otherland. I loved it. Want more.(less)

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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Win, and he gets anything he wants. The Gamerunners’ promise.
Win, and he gets to live. What could any of them need that compares?”

This was a sci-fi story about a game in which you could earn biomechanical body parts.

Mig was an okay character, and it was sad that his heart was failing on him at such a young age. I did think that he should have been a bit more ho
((Silver O. Smith - I was born to be you.))
This is a wonderful book. The sci-fi ideas are out of this world. ((Is that a pun?)) And I love Chimera. There are two maybe three things that I did not like about this book. One is that there is way too much cussing. I am usually fine with it but the F words need to appear less. A lot less. Two: I am having a hard time picturing the Gamerunners, The Horsemen, and the monsters in the game. Okay, scratch that, I am having a hard time picturing everyone. The details on the places are pretty good, ...more
zoë ❅ (fallxnrobin)
5/5 for plot, 4/5 for sass and 2/5 for emotions

4 stars

My thoughts kinda progressed from “did I make a bad decision signing onto this blog tour” to “wait I think this is getting somewhere” and finally “oh this is pretty damn good”.

The summary is quite long so let me (attempt to) summarise it for you: The Earth is dying. Two people decided to invent Chimera, a virtual reality video game that rewards you with biomechanical parts with every level completed. Miguel was born with a weak heart. Weak he
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, edelweiss
Gamescape: Overworld turned out to be much more than just a walkthrough of some people playing a virtual reality game. First, the stakes are high--the winner can choose any bio-mech body part they want to enhance their chance of survival on a poisoned planet, and our hero Miguel needs a heart before his gives out. In fact, he might not even make it through the levels he needs to earn it. It's taken him his whole life just to get where he is and he needs to win at least three more levels which co ...more
Raquel (Rocki)
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-review, e-book
You can find a longer review on my blog: Raquel Gabrielle's Blog

It was not all about the game play. I of course expected that but I didn't expect how it went, I was thinking more of dystopia and not apocalyptic. I would have loved to read more about the real world the one that is dying the one they will have to put up with no matter if they can go into a virtual world to escape it or not.

I liked the characters, especially the mysterious Gamerunners, they definitely kept the players on their to
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
I received this book for free from Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review.

This was one of the most interesting stories that I have had the pleasure of reading. Gamescape: Overworld displays science fiction in such an interesting way!

The most amazing thing about this book is that it surprises you. Going into it, I was expecting a hardcore gaming story with a science fiction baseline. What I got was so much more enticing! The plot is wholly original and very exciting! I loved
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Set on a just-barely-future Earth, where the problems have progressed further in the direction they're already headed (the air is a lot more polluted, the ozone layer mostly gone so the sun is more dangerous, etc), a company created a VR game. It's an escape from all the problems that people have, so "everyone" plays it, from teens to adults. (There's a minimum age, 12 I think it was, before you could play. But everyone over that spends much to most of their free time in the game.) It's the most ...more
Emily (Infinite Lives, Infinite Stories)
I’ve been searching for a game based book for a while now. I thought for sure Gamescape would be the book that I was looking for. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

Gamescape revolves around a boy and his friends who play a video game to earn new and improved limbs. Though I liked the idea, I just wasn’t looking for that kind of a book.

I was very intrigued by the interface and the Storyteller. This isn’t the first video game based book that I have read. So far, from what I’ve read, the
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Gamescape: Overworld is the first book in the Nova Project series. You can read this as a standalone, but it is clear that the story is just beginning. There is violence. Ultimately this is a story about good versus evil. About what we will each do in order to survive. I was surprised to find a decent story, though I think some of the major events were glossed over and should have been longer. I probably will read the next book to see what happens after the game is over.
Lexi Mcalister
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
After reading this book I feel like it is merely an amalgamation of works like 'Ready Player One' and ancient myths that reallly hs no solid foundation of its own. It is slow to develop in plot and takes way too long in explaining itself and revealing plot twists. This was such an excruciating read with no original thought or inspiration. Would not recommend. ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-has
I give it 4 stars as I loved the story up until the last couple chapters. Sci-fi, end of the world is what my mind was set on. And then we randomly jumped into fantasy in the end in a way I just wasn't prepared for. Loved up until that point though ...more
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Sheila Howes
Not a bad book, but don't think I was the target audience. Recommended for anyone who likes computer gaming! ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so great! I loved the game and what its purpose was! So great, and I can't wait to see where it goes from here! ...more
Andge (Down the Rabbit Hole)
Thank you Edelweiss and HarperCollins for this copy in exchange for an honest review

**Gamescape: Overworld comes out September 13, 2016**

I'm not an avid fan of gaming like others may be, and not all stories based on virtual gaming works, but Gamescape: Overworld most definitely doesn't fit in that category and surpassed all of my expectations.

Miguel needs a heart and this game that's taken over the world seems to present that wondrous prize that just may help him live. And he's good at it. Of c
Eric Rodrigues
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Ever read ready player one? This is basically it. Ripoff plot, changing up the stakes a bit but ultimately it's just a very average teen fiction book about VR. Here's hoping she stops after the second one, Gamescape: Underworld because I don't have the mental capacity to read more than one more of this series. ...more
A. Musquiz
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I was an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I really loved the world of Chimera and the 'real world' in which the characters lived. To be honest, they were both pretty scary worlds even though one had advanced technology and one was the advanced technology. The real world in the book was very much a fake one where even the plants such as trees and grass weren't even real, only holographs and illusions made by their advanced tech. People didn't know what simple things such as wh
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Emma Trevayne’s GAMESCAPE: Overworld is a fast paced, science fiction novel and the first installment in the Nova Project. CODA and CHORUS are the two books that started to shed light on Trevayne. Now, she has woven a virtual reality based story with dystopian aspects around every corner.

GAMESCAPE follows Miguel Anderson, a 17-year-old boy, as he plays the world-wide virtual reality game called Chimera. However, Miguel is not playing Chimera for fun like all of his friends. Miguel’s heart is fa
The major part of Gamescape:Overworld is a sci-fi adventure, but it's ending is a bit of a genre changer. The book is set in a futuristic world that is on the brink of death and humanity has abandoned all efforts to save the Earth - they are only concerned with making the ride smooth. So, in Miguel's world, humans are more focused on bio-engineering to augment their now weak bodies, to make them stronger to survive the harsh conditions as long as possible. Everything looks the same, but it is no ...more
Jamie Heywood
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing, It really made you think and figure out what the world was like then. It takes place it the future, in a world full of animated, digital games. Everything around them is digital. Miguel, a teen needs something very badly to win and in a game, Chimera he needs to get to a certain level to earn it. But when the gamerunners release a competition to help him get what he wants sooner, will he make it in time? Is the competition a good idea? Will he get what he wants? Find out b ...more
Juliana Riccio
This review can also be found at Procrastinating With Books

Thank you San Diego Comic Con and HarperCollins for the ARC

This book... was a weird one. For starters, it had a very unique feel to it and the storytelling sometimes felt like it was in second person, and then when one started to believe it was, indeed, in second person, it’d revert back to third person as if the second person bit was all part of one’s imagination. It also quite reminded me of The Maze Runner, for some reason.

Now, being
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).

I really liked the plot of this book. It was interesting to see a world that actually could exist in the future… not only with a video game being the obsession of everyone, but also with the world dying. I found it really intriguing to see that things like libraries, so common in the world now, were virtually non-existent by the time it got to Miguel’s time.

Speaking of Miguel… I found him a likable
Online Eccentric Librarian
Sep 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, dystopian, ya
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Somewhere around the 10% mark, I really lost interest in the story or the characters. The book is written quite passively, with major action/events completely glossed over. The 'game' that has taken over the world is a generic World of Warcraft clone (our protagonist has to defeat demon bosses blech) and we're to believe that it rules the world - people have implants that they 'earn' through playing and advancing leve
Kate (Feathered Turtle Press)
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
DNF @30%

It's not awful, but it's just kind of meh. Completely flat.

None of the characters are really fleshed out. Miguel receives the most attention, but even still, we don't really know him outside of his heart condition, besides that he's kind of an ass, and the narrative isn't strong enough to make him a compelling ass. Everyone else is just generic -- generic mom, generic friend, generic girlfriend.

Nothing special about the writing: telling over showing, glosses over important scenes. Third
Jan farnworth
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book ended up being so much more then i expected it to be. I was expecting this virtual reality competion game based book which you get but their so much more. You have characters fighting for their lives, you got bad guys betting each agaisnt each other, puzzles to be solved and then their the twist at the end with the ending of the world or is it the end or just the start to a new world this is only the first book so we have to wait and see where the author going. I am a fan and eagerly w ...more
Sep 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Trevayne does an excellent job bringing an immersive video game world to life, filled with dangerous physical challenges and probing moral quandries, but ends the novel with a trite apocalyptic plotline that is far less interesting. Miguel, the main character, is well-developed, but the secondary characters are largely flat and undeveloped.

**I received an ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss. All opinions are my own.**
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
overall, I really enjoyed the story. the ending bothered me a little though. after they finish the game, the story seemed to wrap up nicely, but then there was still 10% left of the book to go. that last 10% seems like it was meant to set up the story for the next book, but in my opinion, should not have been included at the end of this book but at the beginning of the next book. for that reason, I gave 4/5 stars
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best books I've read this year. It started out really interesting, but was worried it might not be that different from a few others I've read. Well, was I ever wrong.

The second half of this book takes a very different turn and I look forward to what I assume is the sequel: Gamescape: Underworld, that was listed in the back pages of my eBook.
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