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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,945 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Life is a game, literally. Winners earn immortality, while losers are condemned to aging and death. D_Light, a gifted player, knows this all too well and he’s willing to do anything to win—even kill. It is no wonder then that when given the chance to enter a MetaGame—an exclusive, high-stakes, anything goes contest—he’s quick to jump at the opportunity. The MetaGame starts ...more
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Published (first published May 18th 2009)
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Penelope Fletcher
Nov 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
I don't read sci-fi books often, but the synopsis intrigued me.

I dropped a star because for me the book gradually lost it's...sparkle, and by the end I was wondering where the finish line was. It started strong but at times during the middle I was lost. It may have been easier to follow if I had connected to the main character, D_Light, more than I did.

That said I thought it as well written and made complex relationships, and practices that are seen as taboo in today's society easy to follow, a
Benjamin Thomas
"Metagame" by first time author, Sam Landstrom is a cyber-punk style of science-fiction novel that is utterly original in style and scope. Essentially, it is about a futuristic society where life itself is one humongous game. Points earned equate to currency so the better player you are, the richer and more powerful you are. Top scorers are eligible for immortality.

Kudos to Mr. Landstrom for creating this world. He has obviously spent a lot of time and energy extrapolating mankind's current tren
Lady Entropy
3.5 Stars.

I really really wanted to give this a better rating that I gave, oh, Twilight, but I honestly, couldn't bring myself to give it a 4.

The strength of this book is the setting, which is elaborate, gorgeous, complex and frankly interesting. This writer would do wonderfully in creating roleplaying games. The downside to it is that, well, everything else is pretty weak: the structure crumbles under its own weight, the pacing is atrocious, the stakes are never that high (and the revelation of
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
As an avid reader, especially in the Sci-Fi genre, I've encountered a fair amount of original story-telling when envisioning a (dystoptian) future society, but I have to hand it to Sam for being particularly original in the vision he casts for earth in the future decades (if not hundreds) of years from now. He takes some pretty well known concepts like genetic manipulation, MMOG and and other fairly well known elements in our current culture and extrapolates them out into some pretty fun places ...more
Our MC's motivations just don't make any sense. He's called upon by extremely powerful people to partake in an extremely dangerous event... and then just kind of decides to antagonize the gods. "Gods." Why? No idea. Which is where the entire book falls apart for me.

After intentionally becoming a criminal, or 'demon' in the book's insistence to make everything overly dramatic, he does admit that it was all a clever ploy to... something. Look, I read it, and understood it, but it's still stupid.
Jan 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Before I begin my review I should probably state how I got to this book and what expectations I had. About a year ago I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and absolutely fell in love with it, going so far as to recommend it to everyone who was capable of reading basically. Of course that was a debut novel and so there wasn't more I could immediately delve in to and so I started looking around for similar books but there weren't any obvious contenders. Now of course this was part of the reason ...more
David Fernau
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Originally reviewed on Otherwhere Gazette)

From time to time, a book comes along that has such an interesting concept that it’s hard to get out of your mind. Metagame, by Sam Landstrom, is that kind of book.

The basic concept is pretty simple. On a future earth, the world has changed in some really significant ways. Instead of everyone working, everyone instead plays games. In fact, your game is usually your job, called a “grinder game.” For example, people in a law enforcement grinder game get p
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Metagame is the story of D_Light who lives in a future in which life itself has become a game, where basic jobs have been boiled down into games in which players earn points that add up to currency and if you have enough points you can get a show at becoming immortal. D_Light is an upstart player who finds himself invited to take part in a Metagame, a prestigious, potentially dangerous game with high rewards.

First of all, as someone who has not read a great deal of science fiction, I found the w
Erik Noren
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved high-technology and dystopian style novels. MetaGame fell right into this wheelhouse. The story was easy to follow, didn't involve a confusing number of characters and was quite linear.

The overall plot was compelling and the technology appeared well integrated for the most part. In some cases there were superfluous side characters or situations which didn't really serve any purpose than a pure plot device to set up a situation before they were quickly forgotten.

The ending was
Pamela (slytherpuff)
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: gamers, sci-fi geeks, distopia/utopia readers
See more of my reviews at Bettering Me Up.

I do not usually delve into the world of sci-fi and I am certainly not a gamer (much to my husband's chagrin), but I could not get enough of this book. Landstrom creates a world that seems all too plausible in the far (near?) future. The characters are realistic, and arrogant, and flawed, but you can relate to them. Their names consist only of handles you'd find on the internet. No "Jennifer" or "Joshua" plain vanilla names.

There were several "Oh no!" m
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Incredible sci fi. The plot is a little weak but the world building and the 'what ifs' that make up the best sci fi stories are all there. The character is a little weak - you never really sympathize with him - but it doesn't matter, you can feel for his story and his very detachment makes you realize that this futuristic environment is almost guaranteed to create a population of veritable sociopaths. He isn't at all likable but is the most likable of his peer group. Every action he takes makes ...more
Ross Martin
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book will make you think. For prescience, I give it five stars as the author has really captured a plausible picture of our future where pervasive gaming gives us a way to bring meaning and order to our hyper-tech lives. The writing was good but not Neal Stephenson amazing.

All that said, I will probably read it again because I want a playbook for where humanity is going and this book spells out a likely scenario.t
I thought this book pretty interesting.

It's one of those "emerging story" books where you're thrown into the story and it's background and premise is explained as you read it.

For a first book, it's pretty darn good. You get into the characters, feel for them and there's a few twists that you wouldn't really expect.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it
A pretty bizarre story about a future where everyone plays a game in order to gain points or prestige basically. The premise is very similar to "Ready Player One". The terminology was also very confusing, even for me, who played a lot of videogames.
The story is pretty random. It's just a bunch of players running around with their familiars (small animal like robots) doing various quests within the "Metagame" without any particular rhyme or reason. They have ridiculous names like D_Light and Love
Nov 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you're reading this one because it was recommended by Amazon because it's like other LitRPG books you've read, then don't bother, it's not even partially LitRPV. At best, it could be classified as vrlit, but that's about as close as I'd allow it to get. It's not a very good story, it's not even all that interesting, and to be perfectly honest, the whole time I was reading it, I kept wondering when we were going to see something worthwhile. Sure, there's a few interesting plot points, but thes ...more
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the character development and talent utilized in writing this book. It had more breadth than many in the "lit rpg" genre it is similar to and plays up a feature of modern life that could evolve into something like this setting presented in a "what if this continued and became more prominent" proposition. A great read and a truly enjoyable one ...more
Nick Moraitis
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
Not much to like in this litrpg for me. The writing was weak, the characters unconvincing and the plot weak. The ending in particular felt rushed and tacked onto a story that was more like a collection of ideas than a cohesive narrative.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Being a bit meta with the rating here, because I really like the subject matter, and want goodreads to recommend more like it, but only liked the book 4 stars.
May 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Do not recommend. Boring and predictable.
May 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alphabet2017
2.5 stars.

It was OK.
Sara Race
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is one of the best sci fi books I have ever read. I loved the concept and I kept thinking about it long after I finished reading it.
wendi c duncan
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book wish that I could find more like it.
Laura D
May 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Dialogue was terrible and ruined whatever the story was - I gave it half an hour, that was more than enough.
Toby Bond
Jul 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Started off well with a few interesting points, reminded me a bit of sword art online but not as good.
Troy Gustafson
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great story and great writing.
C.M. Martens
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Published in 2009, MetaGame, by Landstrom, Sam is a science fiction novel I found through my Pixel of Ink account. I held onto it for a while before really getting into it, though when I did, it seemed strange that I hadn't dove right in. The world Mr. Landstrom creates is fun, and believable.

Opening these pages takes us far into the future, where The Game is everything. Think of your favorite MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role-playing game, for you noobs), but live, and ongoing at all time
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
What if life was just one big MMO? That's the question that this book answers.

This book takes place in the future. At least, I think it does. I assume it does. I'm pretty sure it does. That was kind of unclear. Let's just say it takes place in the future. Civilization as we know it now is gone. People we believe to be beautiful would be considered average, even ugly. Life span has changed so someone in their 50's is now considered young and youthful. Everyone is fit, and those who become lazy a
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
My thoughts:
This book was completely the opposite of what I was expecting. I am not a sci-fi reader, let me stress that again - NOT a SCI-fi reader. I really didn't know that this book was science fiction. I read the synopsis and it sounded kind of dystopian-ish-plus-action which I love. It was a futuristic dystopian-type sci-fi-pretty-technical-but awesome. The world building and technology was....WOW INCREDIBLY PHENOMENAL. It totally blew my mind. It was very detail oriented, and so so so SO c
Xan Shadowflutter
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This really isn't quite a 4, but I enjoyed it so much in spite of its problems, that I feel anything less does not do the book justice.

Metagame is the second "gamer" or "game-world" book I have read. The first was "Ready Player One," which I thoroughly enjoyed. I thought "Metagame" was wild and imaginative. Having said that, I'm not a gamer, and my knowledge of current quest games is limited, so an experienced gamer's reaction might be quite different than mine.

"Metagame" is a first effort by S
Feb 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of hard scifi
I was a little nervous going into Sam Landstrom's debut, METAGAME, because the description reminded me a bit of Neal Stephenson's SNOW CRASH, of which I'm not particularly a fan. (I found it dry, cluttered and dull.) However, METAGAME proved to be an entirely different reading experience, one that I immensely enjoyed.

Set some time in the future, METAGAME tells the story of a changed world, one where life is, quite literally, a game. Grinder games function as their version of jobs, while spank ga
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