AlterWorld (LitRPG: Play to Live. Book #1)

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A new pandemic - the perma effect - has taken over Earth of the near future. Whenever you play your favorite online game, beware: your mind might merge with the virtual world and dump its comatose host. Woe be to those stuck forever in Tetris! And still they're the lucky ones compared to those burning alive eternally within the scorched hulls of tank simulators. More
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About D. Rus

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.

About the Series: LitRPG: Play to Live
Once a seasoned gamer, Max has cheated fate swapping his dying body for an immortal avatar in the world of sword and sorcery MMORPGs. He joins the ranks of a new race of people: perma players, forever stuck in the virtual castles and cities of AlterWorld. Now they have to obey the ever-changing rules of their new home while learning to live together in peace, love and justice.

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Review by: Mary Blackwell on April 6, 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.
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