CTRL ALT Revolt!
If you want a page-turning, edge-of-your-seat, man vs. machine, cyberpunk, near future apocalypse tale with multiple character points of view and a compelling, believable (if controversial) reason for the machines to fear us, this book is for you. Nick's book is an engrossing read from start to finish, the author draws you in with references to current, well known companies merged in strange and convincing ways, and gaming jargon that is completely authentic. The gaming (both from a developer's POV, as well as that of a gamer) is convincing, the action is satisfying, and the characters have depth. The machine intelligences are smart, a little evil (from our point of view), and often quite funny.
A prequel to Cole's Soda Pop Soldier and similar to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, the author paints a frightening possible future, with a warning for humanity about how non-human intelligent beings might someday view us. There are plenty of references to video games, sci-fi fandom, pen & paper gaming, and even LARPing. This book touches on all the things we love about tech, while showing us just how it can all go wrong.
Troy Carrol Bucher
Reader, Writer, Runner in Southwest Oklahoma... recent addition to the DAW family.