Sunday, February 9, 2020

THE GOD GAME dives into our current obsession with the virtual world that games and technology provide and asks the question: what if your virtual life could affect your real life? And what if you can't escape it?
In the vein of Ready Player One and Black MirrorTHE GOD GAME is a chilling page-turner that will leave you questioning your own sense of right and wrong at the end.


***Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC.  All reviews posted to this site are my own, honest thoughts on the subject matter.***

My Thoughts:

I typically go through a few types of genre binges in the course of a year.  I noticed that the last few months I have been pretty interested in Sci-Fi, Techy type things.  I've even been watching shows on TV that fall in these categories a lot lately.  I read the description of this book and was so intrigued that I had to get my hands on a copy.  I really enjoyed this book despite my 3 star rating.   Why only 3 stars?  This is why:

1. I found the main characters, collectively known as "The Vindicators" to be pretty interesting but sometimes a little too much.  All the kids have some pretty heavy stuff happening in their home lives and being super into coding and computer tech is their main source of bonding and escape. I just found the language is a little heavy on the technical terms for me.  I know next to nothing about coding or computer programming so the references in different spots lost me.

2. Each chapter has it's own title but sometimes I felt like it was more distracting trying to figure out the relevance to the chapter than helpful.

3. I actually didn't like the ending.  Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad one but it was not what I was expecting.  Although, I think a lot of readers may find the ending to be perfect.  I am used to reading some of these books where the characters go on this journey to Hell and back and then everything works out to a sort of HEA ending.  This did not.  The individual endings for each character was a pretty realistic one.  They learned from their experience playing "The Game"and were living with their consequences.  This part was absolutely fine for me with the exception that it leaves it open for the possibility of a series.  This makes me mad because in order for the story to continue it will mess with more unsuspecting people and Charlie in particular. 

I do think overall that the writing was pretty solid and the story line was unique. 

My Rating: 3/5🌟

V Wars is My Newest Vampire Addiction!

***Trailer courtesy of YouTube and Netflix****

I know it's been a while since I posted about what I have been binge watching on Netflix or Hulu or even what I've gone to the theater to watch but this series got me.  I will admit I was late to The Vampire Diaries series but have probably watched it all from beginning to end at least 3 times by now.

So....let's talk about how amazing and also just a bit scary this new Netflix original series is.  I HIGHLY recommend watching this is you are a fan of anything science fiction.  I was determined to watch this show as soon as I heard about it a year ago because....IAN freaking SOMMERHALDER!  I will be honest and say that I really didn't know too much about the show premise other than he was the star and there would be vampires.  The second he trailers went live I was already hooked.  This show is not based in the supernatural realm and that makes it very different than I had anticipated. I think it's worth mentioning that Sommerhalder's real life wife Nikki Reed (think Rosalie in Twilight) stars in the show as his ex-wife and mother to his son Desmond.  I also liked that Laura Vandervoort and Greg Bryk are both in this series together since I became fans of them when they were 2 of the main characters on the series Bitten.

The Plot:

Dr. Luther Swann (Ian Sommerhalder)  is one of the world's top scientist in the study of viruses. He has spent his life studying climate change and the impact of ice caps melting and exposing us to viruses that have never existed in modern times.  His worst nightmare comes true when 2 of his team members in the Arctic go missing without a trace. He calls his best friend Michael (Adrian Holmes) to go with him to check out the site and hopefully come up with some answers.  They end up being exposed to an unknown virus that causes them to be placed in quarantine.  They both respond very differently to the illness as it runs it's course.  It seems like Michael was unaffected but the truth is the illness causes him to gain some super scary strength and cravings for blood among other things.

The virus spreads rapidly and as society breaks down and restructures itself into the Vampire and Non-Vampire factions, Luther finds himself rushing to develop a cure before he loses everyone he loves. 

My Final Rating: