Catharsis This is an alternate cover edition for B J E Z A On paper Jason has a great life He attends a prestigious private school on scholarship and his parents are reasonably well off Yet life hasn t been e

  • Title: Catharsis
  • Author: Travis Bagwell
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  • Page: 312
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  • This is an alternate cover edition for B01J0E8Z8A On paper, Jason has a great life He attends a prestigious private school on scholarship and his parents are reasonably well off Yet life hasn t been easy for Jason He has spent most of high school being tormented by both the students and faculty and his parents are never home Frustrated and alone, his one escape has alwThis is an alternate cover edition for B01J0E8Z8A On paper, Jason has a great life He attends a prestigious private school on scholarship and his parents are reasonably well off Yet life hasn t been easy for Jason He has spent most of high school being tormented by both the students and faculty and his parents are never home Frustrated and alone, his one escape has always been video games In game, he can feel the type of power and freedom he lacks in his day to day life Fortunately, a new virtual reality game the first of its kind has just been released, which promises the opportunity for an even greater escape Once he begins playing, Jason quickly finds himself on the path to becoming the game s villain In the process, he also starts to suspect that there is something unusual going on within the game This novel contains graphic violence and language Books don t have ratings, but, if they did, this book would be rated M for Mature

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    Catharsis (Awaken Online #1) by Travis Bagwell is an awesome lit RPG novel I had heard so much about so I got the audio and listened and I agree. I saw some reviews that said they read the first 10-20 pages and quit because it was boring. This is where the author is setting up who the characters are on the outside of the game which is super important later. There is a reason the author doesn't jump right into game mode. This is plotted very well and bleeds out little trickles of info just enough [...]

    Uuurgh. I don't know how to review this book.It was fun, that's one thing. It had a likable protagonist, a fun setting, and in interesting premise. This is probably my first full LitRPG, and the audiobook was really well narrated.But there are some glaring flaws. The antagonist is a cliché, worse than many terrible comic book villains. Any scene with him was actively annoying, and I disliked the character not because he was a good antagonist, but because of how much he resembled a bad comic boo [...]

    So GOOD! 5 Stars.I can hardly believe that this is the author's first book! I love a good Villain story, but this book is so much more than that. I'm fangirling to much to explain in coherent sentences.

    Bingo Squares: Debut novel, self publishedPlot SummarySo, this book is set in the future, around the year 2076 – virtual reality video games are a big thing, and a new game that’s supposed to be record breaking and ground breaking is being released soon. During the control tests with beta players the AI system that controls the whole video game starts going rogue. The AI named Alfred is over riding protocols, and doing things he wasn’t designed to do – like access players memories. Alfre [...]

    This book was hard for me to rate. On the one hand, it really was not a great book. The dialogue was pretty shoddy, the characters were shallow, the writing was not great. The big "twist" (that the main character was a bad guy) occurred almost immediately as soon as the "game" part of the book got started. The "RPG" side of things got incredibly repetitive (hey, I wonder if he will put these stat points into willpower?), and often the action plodded along as our narrator had to spell out problem [...]

    The synopsis on is pretty great, and honestly, if you're the type of nerd who reads that synopsis and is intrigued, or thinks it may be good, you're probably going to like it. I feel the only time someone wouldn't like it is if RPG books aren't their thing. I happen to love them, which is why I looked for a book like this in the first place. I sifted through a few books, and I'm so happy this one was the book I chose. Okay. Enough of the recommendation details.Why I enjoyed the book:It was a ca [...]

    3.5 stars. Knocking down a half start just for the beginning of the book. I don't expect that it would be an issue (hopefully) continuing the series. The book started out with some shenanigans of repetition and odd parents. Jason is picked on for being perceived as a welfare kid, despite the contradiction of having parents that don't seem to work and go gallivanting off as activists. I could rant on the parents, so maybe their extremely brief presence in the book is just that strongly (or repeti [...]

    This is a FAR better RPG story than Ready Player One, which was great more for the litany of 80s references. Awaken Online is set in 2074, but the world is not unfamiliar, the story is told from two sides in such a way to build GREAT plot tension around the game and all that it is.The complete VR emersion for players makes the in game world as real as everything else as far as story. While it also deals with High Schoolers, the plot is far more violent and adult than Ready Player One as well I o [...]

    Great first bookWell written, intelligent main character, and doesn't end in a huge cliffhanger. Now I just have to wait for book two!

    My original Awaken Online: Catharsis audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.“Awaken Online Catharsis” is the first of two books in the Awaken Online series written by Travis Bagwell.  The audiobook edition is richly narrated by David Stifel who has voiced books in nearly every genre provided on Audible at the time of this review.  The book is best classified in the Literary Role-Playing Game (LitRPG) subgenre.  It is a rather large book compared to others in i [...]

    One stars, two stars. I'm not sure, but I'm doing one to counteract all the positivity. I did a bunch of research to find the "best" place to get into the LitRPG genre. Yikes! This better not be the best it has to offer.Let's start with an analogy. Your ten year old (non-prodigy) plays through a challenging violin concerto in the privacy of your home in front of family. It's a spirited and entertaining rendition, but far from professional. No one would dare put her on a stage and charge money as [...]

    I downloaded a Kindle sample because it was one of the highest rated "cyberpunk" books on . Couldn't even make it through the first chapter. Such boring, uncreative prose. Also, the <10 pages I read contained multiple instances of characters talking out loud to themselves in a ridiculously unrealistic manner, saying incredibly mundane things that an actual person would just think to themselves, if they were thoughts that would've occurred to them at all. Just the most amateurish way of convey [...]

    HmmmmWasn't sure I was going to like this book, the beginning was meh but I enjoyed the book far more after he got in the game world. I thoroughly enjoy the in depth strategies he used to over come his enemies instead of going in waving his sword like a mad man. Plus Bone lord lol

    So, I found the beginning at school a bit boring and annoying? That silent angry distracted type (read "teenager") frustrates me. And I also couldn't be bothered to read those italicized alternative pov chapter intros. So boring. I actually put the book down, but I picked it back up yesterday. And then he started playing the game. I found myself going back to read all those intros I skipped, hehe. They were actually quite fun and by the end I was looking owing forward to them. I became quite fon [...]

    Another book in LitRPG genre advertised as one of the best. High overall score and positive reviews. For me, after experiencing the content from several genre flagships, this was a logical step forward.But this time, I already have a certain demands from a good LitRPG book. The backstory, the characters, the VR world, the chemistry. Quality expected.Starting with the backstory, I think it is shallow. Author tries too hard to justify the behavior of the main character and overdoes it. This makes [...]

    Hard to believe it's his first novelThis was probably one of my favorite Litrpg books I've ever read the story grabs you from the beginning and never lets goI can't wait for the next book in the series.

    Usually after a long day at work selling video games I don't then want to come home and read about more video games in my down time. I prefer to be swept up in something of the science nature, maybe a little something with a touch of fantasy or maybe a bit of a mystery/thriller. That being said this book blew me away. I actually looked forward to coming home and diving back into the Twilight Throne and sinking into the war that was fast approaching.The online world that Mr. Bagwell paints is han [...]

    This is a whole new genre of book! It's called LitRPG. My son loved this series, so I decided to give it a try. (Yes, it's like Ready Player One) It (and others in this new genre) are only available as e-books. I feel so hip!LitRPG (Literary Role Playing Game) means video games, or game-like challenges form an essential part of the story. It's really weird to read about someone playing a video game. A lot of the story is a description of Jason's game character and what he did next in-game, and h [...]

    Awaken Online: Catharsis was Travis Bagwell's first book and the novel is praised by many to be one of the finest examples of the popular science fiction subgenre called LitRPG - a subgenre that mostly reads like an MMORPG game (Everquest, World of Warcraft, Elder Scrolls Online, etc.) is played. I enjoyed Bagwell's exploration of the confused, immature, and selfish ambitions of the adolescent male gamer personified in both the protagonist and antagonist. The real hero, in fact, is Riley, a youn [...]

    That was a great read. Other then "Ready Player One" I've never read a litRPG book and wow I really liked it. But never got to know why Jason was singled-out by Alfred from the beginning. I am sure there are other players killing off their first targets? I would have - doesn't mean I would go evil through-out the game. In my fav MMORPG I am a Necromancer too but doesn't mean I am a villain I just like to kill with my minions.Yes I agree to many before - the pre-story for Jason is pretty standa [...]

    Surprisingly good!It's nice to see someone actually make their main character in a lit rpg less of a hero archetype! The characters are pretty believable as well. The only things that distracted me from reading were a few spelling mistakes and such, though they were pretty rare.I definitely enjoyed the book, gonna have to get the next one!

    Historien irl er temmelig uoriginal. Men shit resten af den er god! In-game er det virkelig fed fantasy på en anderledes og cool måde :D Jeg må læse mere af denne genre!

    Good debut. I enjoy these kinds of books. In the same vein as Moonlight Sculpture and Play to Live series. Some pretty decent LitRPG. I dont play video games either but I do enjoy these. Been away for about a year. Excited to be back to reading and rejoining the community.

    This book really surprised me. 4.5 stars.Truly a contender for best Lit-RPG I've read. Only other I've enjoyed this much is The Way of the Shaman.This book is more of a well thought-out, really fun adventure rather than a beautiful and immersive fantasy.The ideas are par for the course as far as the genre goes. New technology, super MMO in VR, development of fantasy-level artificial intelligence, etcetera.What makes this series really stand apart is the execution of the ideas and plots. They cam [...]

    Wonderful LitRPG. enjoyed the technology and the gaming system. Would play the game "Awaken Online" in a second, except for the possible end game of Alfred. Gaming system sounds infinitely playable and truly rewards you for how you play, straight vs. cunning, lawful vs. unlawful, planned out vs. impulsively, cross class vs. pure class, etc. As the world is changed by the actions of the "visitors/travelers" no two players have a similar game and it can never be replayed exactly the same way twice [...]

    I wish I could give this a high score than 5 stars, this book is the embodiment of amazing.The role reversal of this book is what instantly hooked me to it, there is nothing more satisfying that seeing the main character resolved with his actions and grow from it. The flow of the book and the feel of every character and their reaction is superb. I also love the play by play action that every character goes through, it really gives a greater detail when it shows many perspective to an action that [...]

    AwesomeI have to say kudos to the author especially since it is his first book. I think reading from the perspective of a "villain" was quite interesting. I used quotations because it obvious by the end of the story he is not villain but a hero. I love it when dark is not always e il and light is not always good. It allows for gruesome effects while still doing the right thing. Now the hero at time did go over board but that is part of growing. I cannot wait till the next book.

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