Donnie Darko meets The Matrix in this mind-bending and captivating mystery about one teen’s surreal experiences after surviving a major trauma.
Everything’s a battle.
Sometimes life gets too real, and Caleb Tosh has taken one hit too many. First, there was the accident that changed everything for Tosh’s younger brother. Now his mum has left. All the pain, the grief and loss, have finally pushed Tosh over the edge.
If only he could have a do-over. Wipe his reality. Start fresh. Maybe he could fix all of his mistakes and everything would be different. Tosh immerses himself in the complex missions from the game he obsessively plays, The Boneyard. The game bleeds into the dark nature of his everyday life, folding reality into surreality until it’s impossible to separate one from the other. Tosh is desperate to Ascend, to reach the next level, to become Worthy.
Readers are brought on a one-of-a-kind, absorbing journey where no one can say what is real and what isn’t—right up until the shocking, yet deeply powerful conclusion.
The book is fast pace and putting in the elements of a game into the book was indeed interesting. I have not read a book that incorporated gaming to become a storyline. The adventures that Caleb Tosh went were dangerous and exciting. It made the readers want to read more as events keep on changing from one page to the other.
However, there was no explanation on how the world changed from normal to his game like in the story. It was abrupt which made the readers confused to continuing on reading. There was not really a mission for him to complete and the things that he did seem pointless as he just roams around each time. His character was one-dimension with a lack of progress in the book and the people he met was also just as boring as him. The unexpected ending was also pointless as I was not really able to follow the storyline and I could not understand what the story was trying to convey.
Overall, the storyline was weak as readers could not really able to follow. The decisions that Caleb made was not explained and the abrupt ending was not living up to the reader’s expectations. But, the intense adventures he had was fast-paced which made reading the book a little more enjoyable.