12148444Reviewed by Sarah Lelonek

Action and suspense mixed with a new world that’s dictated by gaming makes Gamers by Thomas K Carpenter a worthy read for any young adult who gets sucked into video games. Even though there are a few kinks to the story, I believe that this is a fun, fast read that can be enjoyed by most.

The story begins with a teenage girl named Gabby DeCorte who is at the top of her class – her gaming class that is. Since life for these teens and adults consists of a constant battle in LifeGame, school goes after hours. Gabby spends every moment of every day trying to get more points by doing everything from brushing her teeth to completing her homework. Now, with her final raid on the horizon, Gabby is determined to not only get herself into the coveted Blizzard University, but her best fried Zaela in as well. When Gabby gets a visit from a group called the “Frags,” Gabby’s universe is turned upside down as she quickly realizes that those who do not get into the university may in fact disappear from life all together.

I really enjoyed this new perspective on life. Carpenter takes the concept of life being a game to a whole new and exciting level. I loved learning about how different life can be when every little detail is graded. I especially liked how well Carpenter set the book up for the sequel. The book was a fast read, which was nice, but I definitely wanted more. I read the book in a day and then regretted my decision because my e-reader is on the fritz and the sequel is only available in e-format.

The only thing I didn’t particularly enjoy was some of the dialogue. Since they live in a gaming society, terms like “debuff” (meaning to be put down or out of sorts) were used quite frequently. I was at first amused by the new vocabulary, but by the end, I was a bit tired of hearing the same few words used over and over.

Overall, I really liked Gamers. I thought it was well-written and creative. I like a little bit of sci-fi in my reading, and this book definitely delivered that. While the end was a cliff-hanger of sorts, it still managed to tie up some of the loose ends scattered throughout the novel. I can’t wait until I get my replacement e-reader so I can continue the trilogy.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Sarah Emily Lelonek has a BA in English Literature from Kent State University. She is planning on attending Graduate School for English Rhetoric and Composition. She enjoys traveling and gaming while on breaks from working on her novel.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Thomas K. Carpenter. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.