It is the year 2031 and computing is at a stage where players use reality suits in order to emulate physically entering the the gaming world. Paul Wilson and his brother Simon are research professors at Portsmouth University and gaming is not just their job, but their life. Their lives have been dedicated to creating this technology but when a transition between the real world and the gaming world for Paul goes disastrously wrong, their lives are changed forever, and a desperate fight for survival begins.
The Grid Warrior by KC Martin, is a science fiction fantasy, that casts the reader into the future, in 2031, when the world of digital games is reaching new highs. In The Grid Warrior, Paul, a programmer and gamer who lives in England, has developed a way to integrate himself into the very matrix of the the computer gaming world, and while leaving his body behind in his apartment in England, he explores this new, ultra virtual reality world, with its complex levels of gaming skills, fighting bizarre and powerful creatures, meeting other warriors and battling to the death, and learning, in an existential sense, all about this new dimension. Unfortunately, the owners of the internet game have learned of Paul’s discovery and interloping and consider him a threat to their monopoly on the game, and they set out to stop him. On both levels, in the real world in England, and within the matrix of the game itself, Paul and his associates who helped him in his development, are now being hunted down and killed. For gamers this story will visualize a dimension from another perspective. For others, it is a science fiction suspense which stretches the world of virtual reality to a whole new level – and with an ending you don’t really anticipate.
The Grid Warrior is a futuristic sci-fi novel written by Kev Martin. Set in the year 2031, the book follows brothers Paul and Simon, professors at Portsmouth University, whose love for gaming led them to spend the last two decades perfecting a revolutionary simulatory framework. Ignoring his brother's wishes, Paul Wilson enters the game world of Future Games using his experimental network connected with a supercomputer. After he accidentally wipes out a player from the world, word gets out of a dangerous and intelligent hacker stealing people's accounts and erasing characters. It causes Future Games to put a $1 million bounty on his head and leads to players trying to hunt and kill him. Meanwhile, Simon is being held hostage by men sent by the Future Games corporation.
Gamers and lovers of LitRPG should rejoice for The Grid Warrior seems specifically tuned to the tastes of fans of the genre. Kev Martin's novel is a combination of LitRPG and sci-fi that primely showcases the impact of futuristic virtual reality platforms and the ramifications of its addictive nature. The plot moves at a fast pace, and the characters are used as tools to supplement it. I was impressed by the worldbuilding of the game world and felt that author Kev Martin expertly captured the behavior of real-life online gamers and used it seamlessly in his world. The last chapters are full of action sequences that build up to a climax, which felt as surprising as it was explosive. I would recommend The Grid Warrior to all gamers out there.