The Game (The Game is Life #1) by Terry Schott

(Last Updated On: June 19, 2019)

I love this book and recommend everyone read it.

About the Book

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services  |  Release Date: October 20, 2012  |  Pages: 289
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction  |  Format: eBook  |  Source: Purchased

The Game…
A virtual reality simulation played by over a billion children around the world. The best players are celebrities, adored and worshiped by countless fans. Zack is a superstar among players.
His final play may change the world, forever…

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My Review

I first bought The Game back in 2014 because it was free in the Kindle store and it sounded interesting. Since then I have read it a handful of times prior to Goodreads enabling re-read capabilities, and it is probably one book that I recommend to everyone that I meet.

The Game by Terry Schott is a fantastic start to The Game is Life series. The planet of Tygon has revolutionized the educational system. Instead of going through school, they play The Game – a virtual reality where they are socialized through the multiple plays that they have, experiencing many lifetimes and experiences until they age out at 18 and have to enter Tygonian society.

It’s the 30 year anniversary of the Game, and one of Tygon’s best Gamers Zack enters for his final play. Will he finish in the number one slot? Will his careful planning be successful? Time is running out… but for what?

Schott manages to weave a tale that delves deep into philosophical theories that isn’t cumbersome and manages to remain accessible to the average reader – a rare talent for an author. As a person that not only studied philosophy and religion in university but also wrote honors theses on the topics, I love books that make me think deeply about the world around me but are also super fun. This doesn’t feel like reading Heidegger, but themes of religion, reality, Foucault’s assertions about education, and the meaning of being are there for the reader that wants to look deeper. The thing that I love about sci-fi is that it serves as a lens for humanity, it can be an allegory for the present or a cautionary tale for the future. Or in the case of The Game it serves to answer the question: what if we are all living in a computer simulation?

I find that the story is so well developed that I do not mind the handful of typos that tends to be a common theme for self-published titles. This is an excellent story that deserves to be read: it is always free on Kindle, which is why I highly recommend it to everyone looking for sci-fi recommendations.

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  1. Jaymi at OrangeCountyReaders

    November 8, 2018 at 6:57 PM

    I’ve actually read this one! It was so well done.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      November 13, 2018 at 8:45 AM

      Oh wow, I haven’t met anyone that has also read this book! *fangirl squealing*

      1. Jaymi at OrangeCountyReaders

        November 13, 2018 at 10:08 AM

        I can’t believe it either! By the end of the series it got so confusing… worlds within worlds !

        1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

          November 18, 2018 at 10:20 AM

          I KNOW! I really enjoyed it up until the last book in the series… I feel like it has gone on too far.

  2. Kelly Brigid

    November 8, 2018 at 10:44 PM

    Ooooh this one sounds so intriguing! I’m getting Matrix vibes from it. Hahaha. I love it when authors are able to weave deep, philosophical ideals into the story. I’ll have to check this one out! Wonderful review, love! ❤️

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      November 13, 2018 at 8:46 AM

      It is such a neat series (well, up through book 6) and definitely the Matrix vibes run deep! I’ve always been interested in the simulation theory and this is just such a good representation on that idea.

  3. Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

    November 9, 2018 at 3:22 PM

    You know, the cover was horrible AF (I’m sorry, I’m a cover brat) when I first the book in 2014, so I never actually read it? Or maybe I didn’t have time to read it, I don’t know. I didn’t hear much of The Game until relatively recently since the publication though and I’m glad this one makes you think deeper while keeping you engrossed in the story.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      November 13, 2018 at 8:50 AM

      I know the cover is terrible and honestly I don’t know why I picked it up! I remember it was in a Bookbub email and I read the blurb and decided to give it a chance. Also this series has had literally so many cover changes and it is annoying. BUT it’s a really enjoyable series so I hope you give it a try and forgive the cover

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