Sunday, 25 June 2017
Extropia: Mind Game
However, the game is sabotaged and the pair are left trapped within the game.
Sibling Edward Founder decides to follow them in an attempt to organise a rescue mission, but he is shocked to discover that the virtual reality world within the game has been overrun by an artificial intelligence called Deofol.
He is hold Edward's brother as a prisoner, but Edward is unaware that Deoful has become aware of the real world.
If he can succeed in reaching his brother's prison within the game, then he will, unwittingly, spring a trap that would enable Deoful to escape the confines of his virtual world and escape into reality, with horrendous consequences.
If he fails, not only will his family members remain trapped in Extropia forever, but the fate of humanity would be in the balance.
But in order to even attempt the rescue, has has to battle many monstrous creatures not only in the virtual world of Extropia, but within his own psyche.
This theme has been used several times before (notably in various incarnations of Star Trek) but it must be said that this novel is a worthy addition to the canon of novels with a virtual reality and rogue artificial intelligence theme.
Robin Bootle brings us a novel that is well realised and the writing style is lucid and compelling.
However, it's not over yet as this novel is the first in a series of books about Extropia.
It's published by Matador at £9.99 and is available for purchase here