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Epic by Conor Kostick

Epic (original 2004; edition 2007)

by Conor Kostick

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Authors:Conor Kostick
Info:Viking Juvenile (2007), Hardcover, 384 pages
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Epic by Conor Kostick (2004)

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish, and never lost interest. ( )
  mateideyr | Jul 17, 2015 |
  mrsforrest | Oct 16, 2014 |
The book all in all was a pretty good book, but I feel like I didn't get the info I wanted. Slowly through out the book you learn more about epic but in the beginning I was really confused. If you managed to get through the beginning it was a great read though. ( )
  npn44790 | Oct 3, 2014 |
It is a great book that I could not put down. ( )
  cheshirecat00 | Oct 3, 2014 |
I think I would've enjoyed this book more if it stuck with the main character, Eric's point of view. And I know I would've enjoyed it more had it not had a tendency to skip important things.

This is a colonized world where they enter a game to solve conflicts and run their economy and government. Eric and his friends have to pass some sort of graduation test. But this all happens off-camera, and you never even learn exactly what was involved in that! There were other things where things happened in the 'real world', but again, off camera, and not even mentioned until in retrospect or you were just supposed to guess.

There were also a few plot holes that I just couldn't gloss over. Like it's clear that traveling in the virtual world takes time, no matter who you are. But then a character does a whole bunch of things in disparate locations in the game, and nobody communicated with each other outside the game while he was doing this. (To be more detailed would be a spoiler.)

And we never even get a hint of where this game resides or who maintains the equipment, etc. That was, perhaps, not relevant, but it did bug me by the end.

There is a sequel, so maybe this last point gets raised and explained more, but there's no hope for the rest of it. And I don't know if I'm invested enough in the characters or the world to try the sequel. ( )
  Jellyn | Aug 14, 2013 |
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Welcome to a society governed through computer games!

On New Earth, society is governed and conflicts are resolved in the arena of a fantasy computer game, Epic. If you win, you have the chance to fulfill your dreams; if you lose, your life both in and out of the game is worth nothing. When teenage Erik dares to subvert the rules of Epic, he and his friends must face the Committee. If Erik and his friends win, they may have the key to destroying the Committee’s tyranny. But if they lose . . .

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On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik persuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik's father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families.

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