Monday, February 23, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: The Lazarus Game by Stephen J. Valentine

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The Lazarus Game, by Stephen J. Valentine
2015, 320p, YA Science Fiction, Fantasy
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

An amazing new video game has the power to resurrect the brightest minds of the past and see what they’d create in the modern world. There’s just one catch—it requires another person’s soul. Carter Chance, who is a teenage genius, must find a way to stop his generation from exchanging their souls for a computer-generated fantasy. This action-packed thriller delves into the enticement and dangers of virtual reality.

This is a fun read! I'm not into the gaming world at all but this book sounded interesting and I'm glad I read it. Carter Chance is smart and funny. I got a kick out of a lot of what he said. I also liked that he has a human side, too. He does make some mistakes, but because he's uber smart, he figures out quickly how to rectify things.

A new video store has opened up in his town and he is invited in to be part of something that will make him powerful. As he learns more, though, it doesn't seem like such a great offer. He has to determine what the cost will be and if it's ultimately worth it. He also needs to figure out who to trust. It was fascinating to read about the bad guys and learn who they were.

There are some great side stories as well. His family life is fractured and I loved what he was able to learn about each of them. He also learns more about his friends. I loved the fast pace and action scenes. 

The ending is satisfying so this appears to be a stand alone book. I liked this author's writing style and humor and in looking at his website, it sounds like he has some works in progress so I'm hoping there will be more from him in the future!

About the author:

Stephen J. Valentine received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Utah State University. He is Senior Program Manager for FamilySearch International, responsible for the online publication of billions of historical records. Stephen loves history, hiking, cooking, reading, and traveling, especially to Disneyland. Stephen resides in Utah with his beautiful wife, talented children, brilliant Schnauzer, and massive J.R.R. Tolkien collection.


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