Hi all! It's time for those weekend blog hops once again!
You've dropped your favorite book while being chased by a herd of zombies. Would you go back to retrieve it?
Oh no!! I probably would go back, but in my mind at this point I have turned into a kickass ninja who takes out zombies with elegant flying kicks and the like, so.... Outside the realm of fantasy, it might not be such a good idea. Although... it would depend on the book.
The blue light of the computer screen was flickering on Charlie's and Peter's faces, making them look like astronauts lit by the cosmos.
From page 56:
His head was down and so he only sensed Mrs. Kite before him, the flap of wind from her wallpaper dress and her dime-store perfume, thick and flowery.
The God Game
You are invited!
Come inside and play with G.O.D.
Bring your friends!
But remember the rules. Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE.™ Lose, you die!
those words, Charlie and his friends enter the G.O.D. Game, a video
game run by underground hackers and controlled by a mysterious AI that
believes it’s God. Through their phone-screens and high-tech glasses,
the teens’ realities blur with a virtual world of creeping vines,
smoldering torches, runes, glyphs, gods, and mythical creatures. When
they accomplish a mission, the game rewards them with expensive tech,
revenge on high-school tormentors, and cash flowing from ATMs. Slaying a
hydra and drawing a bloody pentagram as payment to a Greek god seem
harmless at first. Fun even.
But then the threatening messages start. Worship me. Obey me.
Complete a mission, however cruel, or the game reveals their secrets
and crushes their dreams. Tasks that seemed harmless at first take on
deadly consequences. Mysterious packages show up at their homes. Shadowy
figures start following them, appearing around corners, attacking them
in parking garages. Who else is playing this game, and how far will they
go to win?
And what of the game’s first promise: win, win big,
lose, you die? Dying in a virtual world doesn’t really mean death in
real life—does it?
As Charlie and his friends try to find a way
out of the game, they realize they’ve been manipulated into a bigger web
they can’t escape: an AI that learned its cruelty from watching us.
God is always watching, and He says when the game is done.