mind game by r.l. copple

Have you ever fantasized about jumping into a video game world? Been interested in virtual reality? This is a story about what happens to two friends who enter the most realistic virtual reality video game ever and can’t get back out. There’s no exit and it’s not really a game.

Rating: G

I’m starting with the rating on this one because I was impressed with the way the author handled video game violence. Many people (the “them”s and “they”s) believe video games are desensitizing our children towards violence. Along with movies, they’re probably right. But what if the video game were real? What if ‘shooting up’ people actually meant you were really killing sentient beings? That’s what is explored in this book, and it is handled really well.

The book reminds me of The Last Starfighter (remember that movie?) meets Alfred Hitchcock with a side of Star Trek. At first I was worried that the book was going to be too dark for me, more on the horror side, but it wasn’t.

The characters range in age from 8-15 so I think this book would appeal to middle grades as well as youth. I’m an adult (most of the time), and I blew threw it in 24 hours because I enjoyed it so much.

Theology: Integrity and Regard for Life

This is a book written by a Christian but it’s not Christian fiction. There’s no preaching or overt faith references. There’s not really any hidden theology in the book either, with the exception of a passing reference to prayer.

But, what I liked about the book was the integrity of the main character, Jeremy. Here’s a guy who’s really savvy and understands what’s important. If I had a son, I would want him to be like this kid. I would let my daughters date him (probably). 😉

Social Issues:

As discussed, video games, violence, but also sibling rivalry.

This would make a good Christmas gift for a boy who loves video games (if you can get him to read it) or any reader who loves a good story.

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      1. Reboot is a Canadian CGI-animated action-adventure cartoon series that originally aired from 1994 to 2001. It was the first half-hour, completely computer-animated TV series. Every now and then they play it on Cartoon Network. It’s got a bit of a following the same way as other shows like My Little Pony, Star Trek, etc.

        It takes place in the inner world of a computer system – Mainframe – that’s populated by binomes (little creatures that represent either 1s or 0s) and a handful of Sprites (primarily humanoid creatures of more complex design). When The User loads a game, a game cube drops on a random location in Mainframe, sealing it off from the rest of the system and turning it into a gamescape. Any binomes or Sprites caught in the gamescape must “reboot” to become part of the game and play against The User. If The User wins, the sector is “nullified” along with any sprites that were caught in the game. (Their code is modified and they basically turn into mindless, slug-like creatures.) The series follows Bob, a guardian program sprite, and his friends as they defend the system from threats from viruses (mainly Megabyte & Hexadecimal) and the User.

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      2. I think I’ve seen a couple episodes of Reboot, but am familiar with Tron. I have described this as at times as a cross between Star Fighter, Matrix, and I’d probably add in the holodoctor on Voyager. So it is interesting that you picked up on the Star Fighter link as well. Though this one has a few big differences.

        Thanks for the good review.

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