April 8th, 2014 by Karen
I was first attracted to Game World by C.J. Farley because of its concept: A group of kids get sucked into the universe of their favorite video game, where they encounter all the characters and dangers they only faced digitally before. Cool idea, right?
Well, it turns out that Game World is more of a good old-fashioned fantasy adventure than I expected — and I loved it for that. You don’t have to be an expert gamer to enjoy this book. Once Dylan, Inez, Eli, and Emma are in the world if Ximaica, you’re immediately drawn in too.
To be totally honest, I had a little trouble getting into the beginning of the book, which takes place in the real human world (you know, Earth). But I was captivated by the world of Ximaica: a hummingbird baron and his feathered army, a sweet-natured spider who can’t spin a proper web, shadow spirits, vegetable zombies, an evil(?) witch — this world is full of colorful creatures and characters.
I recommend this book to fans of Piers Anthony, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, and the Secret Zoo series.
Have you already read this book? Leave a comment with your opinion. Or tell me: Which game world would YOU want to experience?