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The Starfighter Invitation

(The Singularity Game #1)

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The only thing bigger than the world's first full virtual reality game is the mystery surrounding its origins. Who is behind Ryzonart Games? How was such a huge advance in technology achieved?

Taia de Haas loves having her own virtual spaceship, and wants nothing more than to visit every planet in the solar system. But she cannot ignore the question of whether such a magnif
Kindle Edition, 367 pages
Published December 8th 2018 by Andrea K Hösth
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I picked this up yesterday and just finished it. I'm a big fan of this author. Coming from someone who wouldn't know a video game if it hit her in the head I think I followed along well enough. Host's other books prepared me in the sci fi way that made understanding a little easier although the video game lingo was a little harder to follow. I did eventually figure my way through it and give this one a solid three stars. I am not going to lie, I read her books for the romance. She does really re ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
I really like the latter 2/3 of this book but the first part was painfully difficult to get into. I have noticed this more than once with this author but generally there is a pretty good reward for sticking it out. I look forward to more books in the series.
Anne Duncan
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. What I really love to read about in a book is interesting characters coming to care about each other, and this book delivered! I've read a lot of "the video game is real" media and i think this one compares favorably. I especially like comparing it to the manga, 1/2 prince because while both stories deal with the idea of what would we do if video game avatars really looked like us, this book takes a much more nuanced approach and really asks questions about self-perception. I ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a ride!

From the first page to the last I was fascinated by the complexity of this world within a world. I am totally looking forward to finding out if this will be a series and the next pieces of the puzzle! As usual I found the story well paced and hard to put aside.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh you clever, clever writer.

I stand by my comment that the first half feels like a game tutorial - which depending on how you interact with reading or games could be frustrating and/or immersive. Some of it is dry, almost textbook like, as Taia is not given to undue dramatics in any form.

Much of it is so intriguing from a gaming standpoint - DS is what I want from a MMO. How could I not when portal Fantasies, "LitRPG" and isekai (transported to another world, specifically it's considered a subg
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Inventive, well-paced, and great characterization.

The premise is a new virtual reality MMO involving AI. Unlike other recent books in this vein, though, the main characters are adults who are suspicious about the nature of the MMO and thoughtful about its implications. They waste no time on wide-eyed naïveté, and instead engage directly with the more interesting aspects of the game. One character says, “I’m so used to dystopias that I can’t help but look for the cracks.”

The wonder you can feel
Evenstar Deane
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I wasn’t sure if I would like this book because I’m not really into video games, I’ve only played a few over the years and no MMOs. That didn’t matter at all.
This book is more a travelogue, describing a future where the earth is mostly underwater, the moon is destroyed, technology allows for amazing virtual reality games, and AIs control everything but need “Bios” for their magical powers - all within a virtual reality game that’s being played not too far in our future. Like the main character,
Fides Mabanta
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Profound as usual. I feel kind of bereft, waiting in the unknown and hoping for more Taia (& Dio) in the next book... 🤞🏽🤞🏽🤞🏽🤞🏽
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adore this book (though it's still Snug Ship in my head). If you like MMOs, Snowcrash, Ready Player One, Buffy, geekdom, or idk People!! You'll probably love this book. I have strong faith in this author based on her previous body of work, so went into it feeling like it was MY book, esp as it's MMO themed, and for the first few pages, slightly distracted worrying if non-gamers would be put off by the on-point terminology. Very glad to see a couple other early reviewers saying that ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
SF/F at its best

Some authors make you actually think while you read - you don’t merely ingest a plot and storyline (you DO do that, and what a storyline and plot it is!), you also have extended existential and philosophical ponderances while being enveloped in the book. Host manages this particularly well, with her wild plot lines explored by some inevitably reserved and highly rational character....which might sound boring (?). But think of it more like a slow burn romance for SF/F....the story
Donald Mclean
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, science-fiction
Truthfully, I am not sure what I think of this book. It ends with an sad, out-of-left-field plot twist that becomes a giant cliffhanger. It might be brilliant and necessary (second book of Paksenarion by Elizabeth Moon) but without reading the next part of the story, it's hard to be sure.

Either way, I found the story compelling.

My other complaint is that there are really only two characters that have enough page time to be meaningful. Not really surprising considering the main character's back s
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Nicki Cliffer
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hreat start to the series

Andrea created a fascinating world and characters you care about. One of the things I liked was that the main character was neither the best of all nor the worst of all. She was a regular, albeit creative and steadfast person trying her best. Andrea raises important questions and definitely leaves you thinking. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really good I think.

-Some minor spelling and grammar errors.

-There are also some minor continuity errors--like whatever happened to rank three? Rank seven I could see mission just because there's a time skip there, but two to four happens back-to-back.

-Also some points that aren't really explained--like why is six a lucky number for Taia? Just because that was her rank at the time?
Dichotomy Girl
I definitely tend to enjoy this author's sci fi works better than her Fantasy ones. This one I found pretty fun, though someone who is neither a gamer, nor has much gaming knowledge might not enjoy it as much.
Marcia Mcginley
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As always, Andrea Host delivers an absorbing read. I read it right through our work Christmas party!
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Born in Sweden and raised in Australia, Andrea K Höst currently lives in Sydney. She writes fantasy, but wanders occasionally into science fantasy.

Her novel "The Silence of Medair" was a finalist for the 2010 Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel. Her novella "Forfeit" won the 2016 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novella.

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