Starter Zone

Description from Goodreads:

When hydrologists inscribe the consciousness of a human mind onto a single drop of water, a Revelation sweeps the land. The wealthy race to upload their minds into self-contained virtual realities nicknamed Aquariums. In these containers people achieve every hope, dream, and desire. But governments wage war for control of the technology. Terrorist attacks cause massive destruction. The Aquariums fail. Inscribed human minds leech into the water cycle, wreaking havoc.

Street gangs rule the cities in the three years since the fall of civilization. Sixteen-year-old Cami and her younger sister Alby struggle to survive. Every drop of untreated water puts their lives in peril. Caught and imprisoned by soldiers who plan to sell them into slavery, Cami will do anything to escape and rescue her sister. Even if it means leaving the real word for a life in the realms, a new game-like reality created by the hydrologists for the chosen few.

But life in the realms isn’t as simple as it seems. Magic, combat, gear scores, quests, and dungeons are all puzzles to be solved as the sisters navigate their new surroundings. And they encounter more dangerous enemies than any they faced in the real world.

Time to play the game.


Starter Zone by Chris Pavesic has 240 pages and was published in 2017 by Amazon Digital Services LLC.

Thank you to Netgalley, Amazon Digital Services LLC and Chris Pavesic for the ARC I received in return for an honest review.

Starter Zone is the story of two young girls in a dystopian future in which souls have been “inscripted” onto water droplets.  When the aquariums are damaged, these inscripted players are mixed into the water cycle and clean, pure water becomes a scarce commodity.  Cami and Alby only have each other for support as they struggle to survive in a world where a single drop of water can be life-threatening.

What I liked:

This book is so incredibly unique.  The plot is the most original concept I have read in a while.

The writing is fluid and draws you in.  This book is absolutely a page turner.  It is an easy read and I finished it very quickly.

The way this novel is written, it is almost like two distinct stories in one.  It is extremely interesting and entertaining.  I would definitely read the next book in this series.

What I didn’t like:

The cover.  I had this book on my TBR for a while.  Every time I looked for a new book, I would skip over this one because the cover did not appeal to me.

I wish it had been a little longer.  Specific scenes in the book were wrapped up but there were still a lot of unanswered questions.  From the author’s standpoint, I can see why she stopped where she did.  It makes sense.  This leaves the reader wanting more and therefore willing to buy the next installment in the series.

Recommended for fans of sci-fi and dystopian literature.

Rating:  4 Plot Monster Spiders


MDW original review.  Source:  Netgalley.


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