At thirty years old, Phil is an unemployed gamer who struggles to make ends meet. His only source of income is freelance writing (when he feels inspired enough to add another article to his less-than-popular blog). His wife has just walked out on him, leaving him without money, purpose, or food in the fridge.
On the day his wife dumps him, Phil receives a mysterious piece of wetware. A game interface seems to have been implanted in his brain which allows him to see the world through the eyes of an RPG player.
Now that Phil discovers his real-life stats, he can see they’re far below average. With 4 pt. Agility, 6 pt. Strength and 3 pt. Stamina, his most advanced life skill is predictably gaming.
Luckily, real-life stats can be leveled up just like virtual ones. But will it help Phil get his wife back? Can he stop being such a couch potato? Would the new game help him become fitter? Or more successful? Can his gaming skills finally come in handy in real life?
Last but not least, can he find out who could have uploaded the mysterious game to his brain? And how is he supposed to deal with this unknown but apparently omnipotent force?
There is a German translation of this book
This should have been average. It wasn't. This book was amazing and I can't even really desribe why. Just read it. If you see this, do not doubt me, take a chance and read it.
Highly recommended to any LitRPG fan. It's a must-read. It's also a different take on the "real life turns into RPG" story which I immensely enjoyed.
Can't wait for the sequel!
All I can say is this twist on the genre makes it so FREAKING AWESOME!! I wasnt sure how I'd feel about this being that it took place in the real world. However, from start to finish I was enthralled!!! I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!
Loved this original take on the LitRPG genre. Because the game is superimposed on real life, it allows for an in-depth exploration of the main character - his flaws, motivations, drivers, and how he changes over time. I found that this made for a very compelling story. I was invested in what happened to the main character. The book made me wish that the HUD device existed - I think I'd gain a lot of motivation from a real-world game! As another reviewer mentioned, I really enjoyed the footnotes on Russian expressions and culture. Anticipating the next book - I'll definitely be getting it and following along with more of this intriguing adventure!
Most litrpg I've read has been full of selfish narsasitic punkish main characters. This book was a welcome relief in both setting and chacterisation. Buy it now!
Michael S. Morgan