Archive for November 2nd, 2008

November 2, 2008

Epic

A couple of weeks ago I found myself at the launch of Conor Kostick’s new book, Move. I had no right to be there, since I’d never actually read him before. But I was with a friend who had read Epic and Saga, and it was YA and therefore theoretically my sort of thing. (The free wine had nothing to do with it).
So this week I picked up a copy of Epic from the college library and finished it over a couple of days’ bus rides. Epic is about a computer game. Games (and maths, but that’s a mere inability) are where my geekishness fails; I simply have no interest in them. I honestly did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did.
Anyway. Violence is forbidden on New Earth, and everyone spends most of their time playing the game Epic, in order to advance socially or financially. Erik Haraldson keeps dying, much to the consternation of his parents, but has used his various deaths to figure out a weakness within the game. When his father is exiled, he uses this knowledge, and suddenly he’s and his friends are heroes. This leads to a treasure hunt, betrayal, fighting the authorities, fighting the game itself, and much excitement in general.
I have nothing particularly intelligent to say about this book, except that it’s very good and a number of people who read this thing would probably really enjoy it. The library’s sole copy of the sequel, Saga, is out at the moment, but I’m looking forward to reading it.