I was so excited in the beginning of this one because I loved the idea of the new game and I was really hoping we would see something interesting with the AI component. However, I’m almost half way through and the game play is minimal and the whole story is about the personal problems the Defiance team is going through. I just couldn’t take another problem, news/gossip story, or chance for Kali to struggle over what was right for the team. I’m really mad over how Rook is being portrayed in this one (see bottom of page for spoiler)
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Arena #2 • Science Fiction • Ace • April 4, 2017
There’s a new game in town. A brutal, winner-takes-all, international video game tournament between the world’s most elite players, promising fame, prestige, and unbelievable fortune. But there’s a catch. The game uses new VR pods guaranteed to push digital warriors to their physical and psychological brink—adapting every time a gamer makes a move.
As the first female captain and youngest team owner in VGL history, Kali is used to defying the odds. But as the all-star tournament heats up, her determination begins to waver and the pressures of media, sponsors, and the game itself begin to put cracks in her hard-set convictions.
If Kali’s Team Defiance is to survive, they’ll have to find a way to be stronger than ever before. But battling the system may prove too difficult for even the most hardened of fighters…
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Rooke disappears from the team and never calls Kali (granted she doesn’t call him either) and then when he rejoins the team, he fails a drug test. He’s spent the first 40% being surly and unenjoyable.