D. Rus is a young Russian author whose books took the Russian literary market by storm in 2013. AlterWorld - the first novel of his Play to Live series - made him a bestselling author overnight as critics now credit him with single-handedly creating a new science fiction genre: LitRPG.
Set in the virtual reality of MMORPG - Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games - his books tell stories of real people who'd become stuck in the game and are forced to follow its rules while preserving their intergrity and fighting to make their new world a better place.
The five books of the series have created a huge following as more authors followed suit, making LitRPG the latest bestselling Russian genre that merges science fiction, fantasy and gaming conventions. D. Rus has been nominated for Start, one of Russia's prestigious literary prizes for the best debut science fiction novel.
The first three novels of the Play to Live series - have been translated into English, and talks are under way to have the rest of the series published on Amazon.
on April 06, 2015 :
I could not put it down and am going to buy the other two!
The tale starts with a young man being told he has a short time to live around the time a large number of people are being lost in virtual reality. I was not sure initially whether I would enjoy this having never played the sort of game related in the story, but this is not just about a mmorpg, it is also about discovering how to survive in a world unlike Earth. There is love, friendship, trust, enemies and betrayal. Capitalism and philanthropy are both there, as is the larger fight between good and evil with perhaps a bit of a grey area.
I heartily recommend this to anyone who has enjoyed a classic fantasy or alien worlds book. Elements of both genres can be found here.
(review of free book)