Official Review: Battlecraft VR by Linden Storm

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Official Review: Battlecraft VR by Linden Storm

Post by unamilagra » 17 May 2019, 22:34

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Battlecraft VR" by Linden Storm.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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It’s sometime in the near future, and Battlecraft is the newest and hottest virtual reality multiplayer game on the market. Teams from all over the world compete for the title of Battlecraft champions. Formed only a few months ago, The Untouchables team consists of a mail-order bride facing deportation, a former foster kid with anger issues and a chip on her shoulder, a war veteran on parole, a Ph.D. candidate on the brink of dropping out, and the owner of a cannabis delivery service. Somehow, despite being underfunded and underappreciated, this ragtag group of near strangers has moved up through the rankings and shocked fans everywhere by making it into the world finals.

After their surprising semifinal victory, the Untouchables have only a few weeks to prepare for the finals. But upon returning home, their best player disappears. Where is she? Did she go into hiding to avoid being deported? Was it one of the many gaming world trolls, livid at the idea of a female-led team making the finals, finally making good on his online threats? What about her creepy husband? If the rest of the team is going to find her before the finals, they will need to overcome their differences and work together, testing their virtual reality gaming skills against real-world dangers.

I am not a gamer by any means, but Battlecraft VR by Linden Storm pulled me right in from the opening gaming scene with its vivid descriptions and flawless introductions of the characters. The point of view shifted between several of the characters throughout the book, pulling the plot along swiftly with its mystery and action. By about two-thirds of the way through the book, my adrenaline was really pumping, and I was completely invested in the Untouchables and their plight. I think this book has the makings of a great movie, and I would love to see this story on the big screen someday.

The near future United States setting is fun and believable. Only self-driving cars are allowed on interstate highways. Peoples’ identification and bank account information is contained on scannable implanted chips. “Smart” shirts can self-clean, monitor the wearer’s heart rate, and alert the wearer to new social media notifications. Unfortunately, though technology has progressed, the social issues that plague us today are still present in the future. Sexism, racism, homophobia, and xenophobia still run rampant in certain circles, and the characters have to face this prejudice head-on.

The most impressive part of this book to me was the character development. The author seamlessly weaves each character’s backstory into the plot in a way that really lets me into their psyches. The writing style varies with each character’s perspective as well, so they have identifiable and distinct personalities. Some have a great sense of humor while some are more serious, and some have more hurt and anger to work through. All of the characters are flawed, but all of them are realistic, and I grew to adore them. I felt privileged to get to see them grow throughout the course of the novel as their challenges brought them closer to each other and their own self-understanding.

Although there is nothing that I truly disliked about Battlecraft VR, I did find the theme of combatting prejudice to be a bit surface level. The good guys are enlightened, and the bad guys are bigots. I felt like the author could have gone a little bit deeper into tackling this issue, maybe by addressing the root of why some of the characters felt the way they did. Nevertheless, the story is fantastic as it is, and I feel that the themes of teamwork, trust, and what it means to be a family are all brilliantly explored.

The book was well edited. I did find a handful of small errors, but they were nothing that detracted from the story. Because of how much I loved the characters and the action-packed plot, I happily rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. If you are interested in gaming or virtual reality, you will love this book. But even if you are not, like me, Battlecraft VR has so much to offer a reader, and I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys great characters and fast-paced action stories.

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 19 May 2019, 13:59

A book about virtual reality? Sounds exciting! Thank you for the wonderful review!

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Post by Bianka Walter » 19 May 2019, 14:24

This sounds right up my alley. I love that there are five main well-developed characters that we can get to know. And I love litRPG, so this one seems to be in my reading zone. I ALSO love (full of love today) your review. Thanks so much!
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Post by Rachel Lea » 19 May 2019, 18:20

The plot of this book sounds really cool and unique! I'm definitely checking this one out. Thanks for your review!
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Post by Meg98 » 19 May 2019, 19:39

This sounds like a very interesting story, and incredibly unique! I like your comments about character development... that is a sign of a gifted author, one that can draw you into the experience solely with their descriptions of characters. I will definitely be checking this one out. Thanks for your excellent review!
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Post by kdstrack » 19 May 2019, 21:24

Your review makes this book sound really interesting. The idea of a movie would be wonderful. I enjoyed the creative inventions the author sees in our future. Great review! This looks good.

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Post by unamilagra » 19 May 2019, 21:30

Stephanie Elizabeth wrote: ↑
19 May 2019, 13:59
A book about virtual reality? Sounds exciting! Thank you for the wonderful review!
Yes, it was a very exciting read. Thank you for stopping by!


Bianka Walter wrote: ↑
19 May 2019, 14:24
This sounds right up my alley. I love that there are five main well-developed characters that we can get to know. And I love litRPG, so this one seems to be in my reading zone. I ALSO love (full of love today) your review. Thanks so much!
Aww, thank you for the love, and the comment! I hope you decide to check it out.


Rachel Lea wrote: ↑
19 May 2019, 18:20
The plot of this book sounds really cool and unique! I'm definitely checking this one out. Thanks for your review!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Thanks for your comment!


Meg98 wrote: ↑
19 May 2019, 19:39
This sounds like a very interesting story, and incredibly unique! I like your comments about character development... that is a sign of a gifted author, one that can draw you into the experience solely with their descriptions of characters. I will definitely be checking this one out. Thanks for your excellent review!
I agree, I was really impressed with the character development in the novel. Thank you for commenting!


kdstrack wrote: ↑
19 May 2019, 21:24
Your review makes this book sound really interesting. The idea of a movie would be wonderful. I enjoyed the creative inventions the author sees in our future. Great review! This looks good.
Thank you so much for stopping by!

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Post by Melissa Breen » 19 May 2019, 23:14

This sounds really interesting, and as though it's a very realistic depiction of what the future might end up like! I'll definitely have to give this a read

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Post by Uinto » 20 May 2019, 00:28

I like the competitive spirit in this game. The characters also seem eccentric enough for my taste. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Espie » 20 May 2019, 04:11

Wow! It's quite amazing how technology has really progressed, and this piece seems to have immense potentials in tapping the interest of today's younger generations hooked up with the virtual reality hype. Thank you for your interesting review!
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Post by kandscreeley » 20 May 2019, 09:32

This sounds like it would be right up my alley! I love the conglomeration of characters! A mail order bride? An owner of a cannabis delivery service? A foster kid? I can imagine that would be memorable. I'm going to definitely put this on my list! Thanks!
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Post by sarahmarlowe » 20 May 2019, 16:24

The most impressive part of this book to me was the character development. The author seamlessly weaves each character’s backstory into the plot in a way that really lets me into their psyches. The writing style varies with each character’s perspective as well, so they have identifiable and distinct personalities. Some have a great sense of humor while some are more serious, and some have more hurt and anger to work through. All of the characters are flawed, but all of them are realistic, and I grew to adore them. I felt privileged to get to see them grow throughout the course of the novel as their challenges brought them closer to each other and their own self-understanding.
Excellent analysis! I love good character development. This sounds like a good read. :D :D
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Post by unamilagra » 20 May 2019, 21:08

Melissa Breen wrote: ↑
19 May 2019, 23:14
This sounds really interesting, and as though it's a very realistic depiction of what the future might end up like! I'll definitely have to give this a read
Yes, I thought so too! I hope you enjoy the book. Thanks for commenting!

Uinto wrote: ↑
20 May 2019, 00:28
I like the competitive spirit in this game. The characters also seem eccentric enough for my taste. Thanks for the review.
Yes, they were eccentric and fun characters. Thanks for your comment!


Espie wrote: ↑
20 May 2019, 04:11
Wow! It's quite amazing how technology has really progressed, and this piece seems to have immense potentials in tapping the interest of today's younger generations hooked up with the virtual reality hype. Thank you for your interesting review!
That's a good point, I bet young adults would love this book. Thanks for stopping by!


kandscreeley wrote: ↑
20 May 2019, 09:32
This sounds like it would be right up my alley! I love the conglomeration of characters! A mail order bride? An owner of a cannabis delivery service? A foster kid? I can imagine that would be memorable. I'm going to definitely put this on my list! Thanks!
Yes, they were a fun bunch! Thanks for your comment!


sarahmarlowe wrote: ↑
20 May 2019, 16:24
Excellent analysis! I love good character development. This sounds like a good read. :D :D

Thanks for commenting! It was a great read.

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Post by nooregano » 21 May 2019, 01:20

Well-developed characters are essentially the one thing I look for in a book, so this sounds like it would be a great, fun read.
Although there is nothing that I truly disliked about Battlecraft VR, I did find the theme of combatting prejudice to be a bit surface level. The good guys are enlightened, and the bad guys are bigots.
This is a bit unfortunate, and I don't like it when certain types of people are "otherised" by a fictional author. I personally don't think it's very responsible. I'm glad you liked the book so much, unamilagra. This was a fun review to read! :D
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Post by TuyetMai » 21 May 2019, 07:36

The Untouchables team consists of a mail-order bride facing deportation, a former foster kid with anger issues and a chip on her shoulder, a war veteran on parole, a Ph.D. candidate on the brink of dropping out, and the owner of a cannabis delivery service.
What a strange group. It would be interesting to see how they interact with each other. Thank you for the review.

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