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Monday, May 14, 2012

Echo's Revenge: The Ultimate Game, by Sean Austin

The Ultimate Game (Echo's Revenge Series, #1)

Brothers Jeremy (age 10) and Reggie (age 14) are expert gamers. After a run-in with their mother's explosive boyfriend, they run away from home only to discover that Echo-7, a new and indestructible game predator, has developed the ability to reverse the rules of its own video game and hunt them down- in the real world. Ultimately, when Reggie battles ECHO-7 one-on-one, he must win the toughestgame of his life, but will it be enough to free him and his brother? 

Welllllll.....this is WAY outside my usual read. I'm not a "gamer" (though I do like video games) and I don't tend to ever read anything remotely related. And, to be honest, if I hadn't been asked specifically to review this, I probably wouldn't.

That being said....I liked Jeremy and Reggie's story. It's interesting, fun, and there's just enough action and craziness to appeal to the younger boy set, and even some of the girls who are gamers. This one doesn't really fit in my high school library, but it would work well in junior high.

It's sci-fi with a touch of fantasy--as in, the game come to life. And what kid wouldn't doesn't wonder what might happen if the game left the computer and entered the real world? There's some comedy, a little bit of horror, but not too gruesome. It's a good starting point for those kids who will one day read similar but edgier titles. I look forward to book 2,

Check out the companion website Echo Hunt. (FYI...the website doesn't like the newest version of Internet Explorer, but it's a friend of Chrome.)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as an ARC from AAA Reality Games (the publisher) I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

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