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Gamer Army

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  30 reviews
After Rogan Webber levels up yet again on his favorite video game, Laser Viper, the world-famous creator of the game invites him to join the five best players in the country for an exclusive tournament. The gamers are flown to the tech mogul's headquarters, where they stay in luxury dorms and test out cutting edge virtual-reality gaming equipment, doing digital battle as p ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Gamer Army by Trent Reedy, 336 pages. Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic), DEC 2018. $17.

Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (lots of video game violence, not bloody)



Rogan and four other 12-year-olds have been recruited by the world’s most brilliant tech guru to participate in an elimination tournament in the Laser Viper game platform. The kids are isolated from their families and the world during the tournament and they never know when
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gamer Army is a cool, fun book to read. It was very surprising and had lots of action. I mostly read books with a lot of action.

After Rogan levels up on his favorite video game, one of the most famous tech people invites him to a championship of his favorite game, Laser Viper. He goes up against four other competitors to be the grand champion. The virtual reality game feels totally real. Rogan starts out very excited and nervous, then he feels like something's wrong. Everything seems too real.

Vinnie Elliott
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
What a great book! This is the 4th book I’ve read from this author...amazing!
Hayden Wier
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cool science fiction book. I love the big plot twist! I love science fiction books that have a virtual reality game in them because there so futuristic and cool.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you love Ready Player One and Hunger Games, then you should read this. It has elements from both and is fantastic if you like adventure, action, and fantasy.
Ms. Yingling
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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In a futuristic society where almost everything has gone online, Rogan spends a lot of his time playing the game Laser Viper, a virtual reality war-type Mutliplayer Online Role Playing Game. He doesn't like to have to rely on the group, and wants to always be the best, even if it means not giving others an equal chance. His parents are both very busy online as well, with his father involved in another MORPG and his mother the founder of an online forum a
Abigail  Stutzman
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Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
I've never read Ender's Game, but based on what I know of the book (and other reviews), Gamer Army was very much the same story.

Set in the near future, almost everyone does most everything online. Work, play, socialize. Videogames are of course very popular. A company picks the top gamers in the world (in a certain age bracket -- kids) to enter a competition.

I was enjoying the story that far. I didn't like the main character, but I liked the story's setting, so I kept going. Then things took a l
Chauncey Rogers
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My younger brother picked this one out from the school library--I think he was simply drawn to the cover's promise of an action-packed book about video games. I have been helping him with some school things, and said that I would read the book aloud to him. The result was that we both got to enjoy an excellent book by Trent Reedy.
Gamer Army caters nicely to its intended audience of young readers--language, violence, sexual content, etc. is all kept at a very safe level for young readers. There's
American Mensa
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This futuristic sci-fi thriller was full of unexpected twists and turns. This society partially revolves around new technology that has been developed to completely change not only the gaming world but also many other elements of people’s lives. These upgrades have allowed Rogan Webber to become extremely good at VR gaming. Rogan’s skills have caught the attention a very important figure in both the real and the virtual worlds, William J. Culum, the inventor of the technology that allows for the ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this book, I felt like it bare resemblance to Ready Player One, which made it feel like it was trying to be a middle school Ready Player One with very little pop culture references. Since there was already a Ready Player One, I am glad that I lost that vibe after that chapter and gained a video game vibe. Yet, this video game feel reminded me of Spy Kids 3, but I am not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. At the third round of competition to the end, I was g ...more
Katherine Wren
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm having a hard time reviewing this book. It lost my interest about half way through, but I think that may be more my fault for reading more than one book at a time and simply being more interested in the other book than this one. I really like the idea of this book, even if it's been done before (and frankly, a bit better) by other authors. (view spoiler) ...more
Matt Sager
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Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m not a big gamer, so a lot of this went over my head. However it’s a good story about virtual realty that gets a little too real.

This would be a great book for middle grade boys who are into gaming and don’t like reading.
Netty Dudasik
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love it it has a lot of detail
Trevor Ortega
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think that the theme of the book was that too much technology is bad for you. In the book rogan's parents didn't spend much time with him because they were always busy with technology.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book. My son actually borrowed it from the library and I decided to read it before he sent it back. The author definitely has an understanding of gaming.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Like a cross of “Ready Player One” and “Ender’s Game” in a novel. Interesting plot and ending. Definitely read if you’re a gamer or like either of the two named novels
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Brothers
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Asher (12yo) read. "Really good book. Wish we had that advanced VR now. Also, the Laser Vipers are very cool in their different skill sets."
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Really nice book. Very interesting. It feels like a cross between Ender's Game and Warcross. Some of it is a bit obvious in what is happening, but a fun read nonetheless.
Rachel Lorenz
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written, lots of action. Character development was great and I loved how friendships and family were valued. I wonder if the concepts are a little over the heads of the target audience?
Craig Treptow
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great! Very similar to "Ready Player One", but not quite as good. Still, I'd go see the movie if it was made.
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it
WarCross meets Phantom Wheel (or Ender's Game). Nothing special.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
this book was ok I guess a lot of action
Austin Rule
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Jan 01, 2019
Blake Hollingshead
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Nov 07, 2018
Kimberly B
Mar 29, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
I was reading this book for my Teachers as Readers book club. I just couldn’t get into it. I am not a gamer and do not understand any of the lingo. I think middle grade gamers would like this.
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