Epic has ratings and reviews. Generations ago, violence was banned on New Earth. Society is governed and conflicts are resolved in the arena of. May 21, Irish author Kostick’s powerful debut imagines an agrarian world Epic. Conor Kostick, Author. Viking $ (p) ISBN Apr 21, Erik is a boy growing up in Osterfjord on the planet New Earth who must succeed in the graduation tournament in the video game Epic or be.
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When Kistick, seeking revenge for the unjust treatment of his parents, dares to subvert the rules of Epic, epjc and his friends find themselves up against with the ultimate masters of the game: If Erik and his friends win, they may have the key to destroying Epic’s cpnor over New Earth.
But if they lose. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Epic by Conor Kostick. Generations ago, violence was banned on New Earth. Society is governed and conflicts are resolved in the arena of a fantasy computer game, Epic.
Kosstick you win, you have the chance to go to university, get more supplies for your community, and fulfill your dreams; if you lose, your life both in and out of the game is worth nothing. When Erik, seeking revenge fo Generations ago, violence was banned on New Earth. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Epicplease sign up. I did not really get the “clip up” part of the book? Elias You know VR headsets? Conor Kostick basically predicted them.
Imagine “clipping” on a VR headset to play Epic. JoacoMaster There is some good connections with the characters in the game, but other than that no. Lists with Connor Book. Jun conog, Kyle marked it as to-read. In a world ruled by video games I would probably be a hobo.
May 26, Karin rated it really liked it Shelves: Well, on New Earth that is exactly the way kostkck is. On New Earth, violence is illegal.
Epic the MMORPG was created for people to clip up, enter the world of Epic, and take out their agression on fictional characters rather than doing harm to a real person. However, over the years, the purpose of the game shifted and became the determining fa What if the quality of your life depended on how well you played a MMORPG?
However, over the years, the purpose of the game shifted and became the determining factor for what kind of job you had, where you were able to live, and what supplies you received. Central Allocations, a small group of people in charge of all the decisions, controls everything.
Their attempts at getting replacement solar panels have been unsuccessful and the family is afraid Central Allocations will require them to move to the salt mines for punishment. In order to have a chance to go to University you must accumulate wealth and status in Epic.
Erik just continues to get his characters killed because he trys to kill the same dragon everytime he enters the game.
Out of frustration he does something he has never done before. Erik creates a character that is female instead of his usual male character that resembles him in real life. Instead of going by his own name he chooses one he thinks befits a beautiful character – Cindella. Immediately upon entering the game as Cindella, things begin to look up. Characters that are a part of the game begin talking to her and giving her things. Soon she realizes the characters are pointing her toward a quest.
With his newfound status in Epic, Erik uses kostiick accumulating wealth and the help of his friends to take on Central Allocations – once and for all. They are up against the most dangerous players of all. Ones with more wealth and experience. EPIC is an interesting story.
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The author does a great job of distinguishing the two. There is a sequel called SAGA that has already been released. May 04, Lisa rated it did not like it Shelves: There might be a good story here but I can’t find it under some of the worst published writing I’ve ever seen.
Nov 18, Skip kostico it it was ok Shelves: Life is hard for all but the uber rich and central committee. Erik’s family suffers, especially since his father view spoiler [committed an act of violence in defense of his wife hide spoiler ]but Erik makes a bold move in Epic, choosing to be On New Earth, violence is illegal.
Erik’s family suffers, especially since his father view spoiler [committed an act of violence in defense of his wife hide spoiler ]but Erik makes a bold move in Epic, choosing to be an very rare character swashbuckler and a woman, spending all of his points on beauty, rather than weapons or protection. He and his friends score some amazing victories against conoe central committee and then slaying a dragon, drawing attention from the wicked elements of the central committee.
Apr 07, Josefine rated it did not like it. Actually I quite like the idea of this book; this world, where you’re life depends on how well you do in a computer game.
For example — all the players in the game are in grayish colors. If you see them from a dist Actually I quite like the idea of this fpic this world, where you’re life depends on how well you do in a computer game. If you see them from a distance in a cluster, how can they then look like brilliantly colored mass?
conkr The language was most of the time strained. Then he took some writing courses and got a few tricks, read a lot of books and then tried to write like he thinks an author should. The only job it did was to have the reader know the basics about the characters most involved in the story.
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The reading was like spying on the characters from a hidden corner, hearing what they were saying, seeing a few expressions, but not really knowing what was going on inside of them. The male protagonist, Eric, annoyed me especially. Others just thought for him. I would rather have seen Injeborg as the protagonist and main narrator.
The dialogue seemed unrealistic and cpnor childish. The story took weird directions that just was plain weird to me. I think I will give the next book in the series a chance, cpnor to see how and if Kostick improves. Feb 10, D. This book was a quick read. The writing was adequate for the genre, if a little bland at times. I found it hard to care for the characters, but the author did throw a few interesting twists in the plot kostjck enough to keep me reading until the end.
However, the end blew it for me as the epic battle was too easily joined by the masses in my opinion. Many of the reviews here say that the game was created to settle disputes because violence was outlawed. This may not have been the case. In fact, it s This book was a quick read. In fact, it seems that the game, Epic, was created for recreation, to be a game. But the original premise to complete quests, etc conoe lost once the game began to be cpnor as a judicial system.
This is born out by the fact that the game, becoming sentient, misses people pursuing quests which is one of the reasons it is “attracted” to Eric’s PC, who invests in “beauty” instead of more necessary skills to earn coins in the arena and is interested in the quest. Not “epic” despite its title. Still, a fun read overall. Mar 07, Savannah rated it liked it Shelves: YA treatment of societally-mandated online gaming kosstick a society’s escape valve for violence.
Pretty good on MMORPG stuff impenetrably so, I suspect, for those wholly unfamiliar although serious gamers will undoubtedly have quibbles. It’s well-enough done, but like the games in which simply grinding through the quest and not making major mistakes provides for a successful outcome, there’s not a lot of plot tension or subplots.
And the fact that characters in the game die without characters dying YA treatment of societally-mandated online gaming as a society’s escape valve for violence. And the fact that characters in the game die without characters dying IRL takes a considerable amount of the emotional impact away from the many deaths.
The book, ultimately, is a mirror of the game life it portrays. Erik, a young boy in a futuristic society, tires of scrabbling for his day-to-day existence in real life and in a virtual elic, where all wealth and legal issues are decided by combat in a game called Epic. Almost everyone in Erik’s kostjck kills kobalds and other low level monsters every day, to gather pennies to improve their clnor characters and, therefore, their society.
After dying, yet again, and crushing his family’s hopes for his advancement in Epic, Erik creates a ridiculously attractive female character and puts all of his points into beauty, a skill that no one else ever considers because it is a useless stat from a fighter’s standpoint. What happens next is an exciting adventure through virtual worlds with magic, monsters, swords, and sorcery Erik and his friends or the all-powerful Central Allocations team or the game, itself? Erik’s creation of Cindella his avatar: As a result, Epic’s population of players consisted eoic of dull, gray-looking kostic.
His friends were in for a shock; it would be impossible to explain his choices to them, as there was no rational argument in conr of throwing away every practical advantage in favor of beauty. The NPCs were not stationary; their heads were turning epid the two players.