To ask other readers questions about End Code , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Aug 02, Travis rated it really liked it Shelves: This is probably the best book in the series. There's a lot in here that some might classify as preachy, and I suppose there's some truth to that, but if you consider advocating that everyone is equal, regardless of their origins to be preachy, then there's no way you'd want to read this book, because in this installment, the author takes the final steps in freeing the NPCs from their forced roles, and liberates them to be just like the players, with the ability to do anything they like.
It's a This is probably the best book in the series. It's a simple message, but one we all can learn from. I generally don't read books for such messages, but honestly, this one was handled well enough that it doesn't really feel like you're being preached to, just the end result of the story, and if you're going to get a message, personally, I think that's the best way to get it. The story is a good one, and lessons aside, it still makes for an interesting action packed read that most folks can enjoy. Sep 25, David rated it really liked it. It feels like forever since I started reading NextWorld.
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Originally a way to kill time while I was at jury duty, Jaron Lee Knuth's trilogy was a welcome surprise for me. Book three took forever to come out and now that it has, I can honestly say that the ending was better than I had hoped. With his Level Zero allies artificial intelligences that boost his gaming and hacking abilities he desperately s It feels like forever since I started reading NextWorld.
With his Level Zero allies artificial intelligences that boost his gaming and hacking abilities he desperately searches for allies as he attempts to free the inhabitants and players of Nextworld from DotGov's iron grip. Forced to make sacrifices that he would never have imagined when he first met his friends, Arkade Kane in the real world shows us just what a true gamer is capable of. Join Arkade, Fantom, Cyren, Xen and the resistance one last time in this virtual world of danger and intrigue.
I love video games, though I've never played an MMO before. Knuth imagines a world where our entire economy, culture, society transpires within a virtual world.
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The real world is a dirty, polluted, messy place that is unhealthy for human habitation. But in Nexworld, we can live out our fantasies, provided we can afford it. One of the biggest draws about this book was its take on societal and theological issues such as what differentiates a real player from an NPC, freedom vs. It's very though-provoking, nothing like what I expected when I read the first book.
The conflicts brought up then are clearly defined and addressed in this conclusion. As for complaints, the story got off to a slow start. I missed the days when ARkade would go guns blazing into a virtual arena and use tactics and skill to outwit his enemies. There's some action, but it takes place roughly halfway through the book. I kind of wished they traveled through more games worlds, which is what attracted me to this series in the first place.
These are all minor gripes, though, of still had fun reading it. So farewell to Arkade and to Dangerwar. May we meet in a virtual paradise. Aug 06, Randy Smith rated it did not like it. Sorry but this book sucked! I hated the main character most of the way through the book and then the ending was stupid. Sep 02, Billie rated it liked it Shelves: Bit too predictable and plodding. As a gamer, it feels a little strange to read a book about games. It takes place in a future society were humans have overpopulated the planet.
With so many people and so little space, the digital world is the only place where people can socialize, work, live, and do just about everything. Through the use of a technological marvel called the e- As a gamer, it feels a little strange to read a book about games. Through the use of a technological marvel called the e-womb, citizens of the world can log into various digital worlds.
The protagonist is a boy named Kade who lives somewhere in Old Russia. He's so good that the creators of the game invite him to test their new beta version of DangerWar 2, where team-based dynamics are essential to leveling up. He doesn't like working with other players, let alone depending on them. But when he and those around him are unable to log out of the game, their bodies slowly dying in the real world, he must overcome that trait and learn to trust It's not the most original concept, but the idea brings up insightful social issues we face today.
Arkade is the quintessential citizen of the world, one so caught up in his own world that he's forgotten how to interact with other humans. We're not that far off from living in a completely digital world, where we spend more time with pixilated avatars than real people. When it comes to depending on strangers for his life, Arkade faces his greatest dilemma. How easy is it to trust people, even those who depend on you depending on them?
It's a moral struggle that hits all too close to home. The action sequences were okay, and I liked the idea of cowboys, ninjas, monks, and a wooden boy with one hell of a machine gun mowing down hundreds of randomly generated bad guys. The game world was fun, could have been more imaginative, but as this is the first book in the story I'm sure that we'll get to see more of it.
This is the kind of story kindle-readers will enjoy: This book managed to deceive me in a good way!
However as I progressed I realised there was an interesting and quite philosophical thinking going on beneath the text. I appreciated it even more by the way it kept it as subtext hidden beneath a gamey and fast paced action story. Unfortunately it slightly spoils it by explaining everything near the end, but it still This book managed to deceive me in a good way!
Unfortunately it slightly spoils it by explaining everything near the end, but it still felt satisfying. The story is set in a dystopian future where population overcrowding means that many people spend most of their time in virtual space. This future is described in an interesting and plausible way. One of the key areas is entertainment, in particular online and competitive gaming.
These future games are of a calibre only dreamed off with present day technology. Everything centres around a young man who prefers the virtual world to the real one and thanks to his skills is invited to a beta test for the new version of his favourite game.
This new vision is an order of magnitude advancement on the previous version, but the players encounter a problem, they cannot log out. From that point it is a race against time for them to find a way out of the game before their real bodies die in their e-wombs. It's certainly a fun idea and well executed, it's a quick and gripping read. I figured out what was going on very early in the story, but that didn't ruin my enjoyment.
Once aspect I did find interesting was the authenticity of the gaming action, it had a surreal element to it that works in the context of actually experiencing the illusion of a game with all of your real senses. All in all a fun read and worth checking out. I really want to give this book 4 stars, but I can't. There were multiple mistakes in spelling and grammar on the order of a few dozen, at least , so this sort of felt like a late-stage manuscript that was due for a round or two more of copy editing before it went to the press.
There were also a few inconsistencies one that bothered me was the fact that only one player had a certain status effect, when probably it would've been all of them equally. The plot also had some really weird pacing t I really want to give this book 4 stars, but I can't. The plot also had some really weird pacing towards the end -- it sort of became a montage, where before there were highly detailed descriptions of battles that sometimes spanned multiple chapters -- which resulted in what felt like a very rushed ending.
The final chapter did a decent enough job as an epilogue, and I mostly felt satisfied with how much was revealed about the characters. All that said, this has a fascinating world with pretty great world-building, characters I liked, and a really cool premise; those were enough to keep me glued to the book until I finished it, and to make me search out the sequel so I can keep going with the series. I do recommend this book, especially to people like my teenage brother.
I did love the chapter numbers though, I really geeked out when I saw that tbh tl;dr Level Zero was definitely worth a read, though it has some serious issues that set this back from its potential. I think it needs a bunch more editing to become the polished novel the story deserves. Frustratingly, my ereader trashed my highlights so I can't point out the most epic bits in as much detail as I'd like, but that just means I have to ramble on a little more aimlessly than usual.
The dragon, of course, that was such a rush, and the way that battle ends was both poignant and very meaningful. I did feel that the ending of the book came a little suddenly, but the revelation before the last bit of the mission was very neatly done. I suspected, but I suspected ever This was brilliant. I suspected, but I suspected everyone equally, everyone had something to hide the hacker, the lagger, there was enough floating around that my suspicions never cemented until we see exactly what is revealed I'm trying not to give anything away, honest.
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This book firmly plants itself up there with quality works like Ready Player One and Erebos , it packs an empathic punch but doesn't dive so deep your average teen won't want to explore and the combat and action scenes are just there, in glorious vivid detail, ready to be picked up and splashed onto 'movie theater' screens everywhere.
I must read more. Level Zero was an enjoyable YA pageturner, making good use of gaming tropes and a solid storyline. I found protagonist's voice a little offputting at times, and slightly less room for character development was probably necessary, but the vivid environments and backstory outweighed this personal concern. Many typos and grammatical errors were present in the version I read, although the electronic version lends itself to revision, and these would be easily addressed.
Aside from a couple of "broken Level Zero was an enjoyable YA pageturner, making good use of gaming tropes and a solid storyline. Aside from a couple of "broken" sentences containing extra or missing words, there wasn't anything that impacted the readability of the text. The only other element that could use a little work would be some of the character voices. For example, the "yo" at the end of Fantom's speech was fine at first, but grated when it continued through almost every scene, and probably isn't required anywhere near as often - or could be changed up with another exclamation or two.
Grumbles aside - and they are minor - a good read, and recommended to anyone who enjoys gaming and dystopian YA fiction. The setting and storyline was great, which makes me even more pissed off that I couldn't finish this book. I enjoyed what was going on and the actual plot a ton. And that's a big but.. I couldn't take them anymore.
I'm still pissed off at these horrible characters that ruined what could have been an enjoyable story. There's a selfish whiny MC, his crazy religious nut religious friend who started almost every sentence with " She used it like the teen dumb blonde movies of the 90s used "like". It was soooooo horrible. I couldn't take it anymore. Those characters completely ruined the book I know on kindle it was free and was going to give the story 4 stars, but when you are dangling off the edge of a mountain and people keep swapping falling with anoher person onthe top I think it needs some editing.
Fantom basic language "Yeah, like whatever cowboy, yo. Few spelling and gramma mistakes too but ready player one is better. Fantom gets written off with no story at the end, annoyed me a bit but ca I know on kindle it was free and was going to give the story 4 stars, but when you are dangling off the edge of a mountain and people keep swapping falling with anoher person onthe top I think it needs some editing.
Fantom gets written off with no story at the end, annoyed me a bit but can't say I missed her, yo. I confess to enjoying this book even though it was a bit juvenile--not surprising since the main characters are all children and I just an old kid myself. I got it to give to my grandson and I pre-read all such books. It's a very good children's book for ages 10 and up. I would have benefitted from better editing as the descriptions sometimes went on so long it felt like the author didn't know how to proceed with his characters.
Feb 08, Anchor rated it it was ok. This wasn't terrible, although it really had a "Young Adult" kind of feel to it. I picked this up because I was told it was similar to Ready Player One, which I thought was a really fun read. This was kind of similar but it left a lot unexplained and the characters were overly simplistic at best and annoying at worse. It was a quick read and was mostly well written, but I don't see myself continuing in this series.
For all fans of computer gaming and MMO's, this is an excellent read. And the chapters are in binary; a total geek-out for computer nerds. Being a fan of videogames and computers I loved this book from the very beginning and couldn't put it down. Game geeks and computer nerds alike will certainly enjoy this book.
Sep 16, Gregg rated it really liked it. This story has some similarities to Ready Player One. In this story, the description of the physical, real world is a bit hard to accept as possible. However, most of the story takes place in the virtual world - which is also hard to believe, but it sure sounds like fun. I loved the world he created. Aug 31, Patrick rated it really liked it Shelves: But because he broke the rules he is sentenced to death by the world government.
That is, until someone helps him escape Many of the old gang, Fantom, Ekko, Xen, and Grael return to assist Arkade his crusade to save Cyren and the level zeroes from being permantently deleated from the game's Trash Bin.
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It's a race against time and the beginnings of a revolution that will test Arkade like never before. Lucky for him, he's got his trust revolvers, some powerful and resourceful friends, and a gamer's attitude. I admit that I'm enjoying this series more than I thought I would. It's not the most original tale and many of the subplots have been done before. Most of the characters feel like archetypes, but it's still nice to see the old gang again. I look forward to seeing where Arkade and company are going next.
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