At long last, an extraterrestrial civilization reached out and made the First Contact. However, no one on Earth took their communique for the genuine article. In a similar vein, very few people appreciated just how little time our new suzerains had promised to keep our planet safe. Regardless, the end of their message showed humankind how to access a mysterious game. The objective of this game is unclear. No one can say where its servers are located, and its inner workings are beyond comprehension. But the game slowly gained momentum, pulling in more and more players. Soon enough, it became impossible to ignore the fact that things that happened in the game had a direct impact on our reality. And not only ours...
But as people figure out this mysterious game, the countdown timer ticks away. And no one can say exactly what will happen when Earth’s safety is no longer guaranteed.
Audio book will be released June 19, 2018 (Tantor)
Book 2: External Threat is going to be released July 23
I thoroughly enjoyed this, even more than I did the Dark Herbalist series, surprisingly. I particularly liked the unique take on the game and some of the very interesting classes, including that of the MC. He does gain power surprisingly quickly, but it didn't come across as overpowered at all, just an interesting class with some slightly unusual benefits, but most importantly the character playing it intelligently. In that way it reminded me of Awaken Online, which also has a strong MC that could be seen as OP, but it's the MC's choices and strategies that gained that power, it wasn't just blindly handed to them. Really looking forward to the next books in the series.
I couldn't put this one down. About midway through I thought, "This reminds me of Harry Harrison and the stainless steel rat books." I loved those books and loved this one. A lot of action. Interesting scenario. Great pacing. Just right on the stats and skills. Reality Benders was highly engaging and promises to up it from there. I can strongly suggest Michael Atamanov's other series as well. Oh and there were explosions. Explosions are always tasty.
Wonderful, very addictive book. Perhaps, this is the most an interesting LitRPG novel of those that I have read. Well-prescribed characters, intelligent enemies, a world of magic, starships and laser weapons. A brilliant mix of strategy, role-playing and the real world.
I consider this book “Required Reading” for all fans of theLitRPG genre. There a few translation errors but easily overlooked with the great story. So sad that I can’t binge read more of this series.
My new favorite book from the author. The sci-fi adventuring of the MC is never boring, and the RPG game mechanics always feel important and impactful to the story. Score: 7 out of 10.