Greetings travelers, and welcome to a trip through a future world. Today’s story has elements of science fiction, LitRPG, and of course urban fantasy, and it all coalesces into a story that will captivate many a reader. Read on to learn about The Legend of the Copper Cyborg.
Authors L. Hawk and J. Hawk bring forth a robust yet nuanced take on videogames-to-life with The Legend of the Copper Cyborg: Loading. With a feel of a LitRPG but without the tremendous focus on numbers or leveling, this story taps into the sort of experiences that younger readers thoroughly enjoy. And though it is ideal for older children and young adults, it can be enjoyed by anyone with a sense of whimsy and a penchant for adventure. The Hawks imagine a world where the assets inside a videogame are as real as the world we live in, allowing it to develop a sort of magical feel that carries through to the very last page.
It’s the year 2092. Kelsi, 12, and her teammates Red Nose and Black Nose, two wolf dogs, find themselves as players in a strange new world. Here, they must compete to stay in good standing, not only for their reputation but also for their survival. Realizing that it would be much harder to get back home, they made it a point to take the game more seriously in order to survive and get to the top. However, when Kelsi is overcome with the need to win, she begins to throw herself and her friends into more and more dangerous predicaments. After Kelsi learns more about the legend of the copper cyborg, she comes up with a plan. But will the cyborg be what Kelsi and the village need to make it to the top or is the game world doomed from the start?
The Legend of the Copper Cyborg blends the classic with the modern. It combines the enchantment of Oz, the suspense of Frankenstein, the mechanics of Minecraft, and the exploration of the Jungle Book into one twisting, fascinating saga that is sure to entertain even the most reluctant of readers.
As the authors have given themselves a foundation with which they can go into many different directions, the story never feels like it lags. Readers will always be invited into the next big event or pulled toward the next reveal, which feels earned and rewarding. And it helps to have a fun cast to spend the time in the videogame alongside. The dialog feels very conversational and grounded, as if readers would perhaps be eavesdropping on the characters as a fly on the wall. Readers will be rooting for them all the way through the last page of the tale. With a second book on the way, there’s never been a better time to dive into this series. Check out The Legend of the Copper Cyborg: Loading on Amazon today!
Images provided courtesy of L. Hawk and J. Hawk.
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