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The God Game by Danny Tobey

The God Game

Danny Tobey

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Imprint: Gollancz
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 9 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9781473224476

For fans of Black Mirror and Ready Player One, The God Game is a brilliantly plotted science-fiction thriller about a VR game in which the stakes are impossibly high: if you die in the game, you die in real life

3 stars out of 5
James Lovegrove
14 Feb 2020

"a brisk, well-wrought piece of entertainment"

Through phone screens and smart glasses, augmented reality images are superimposed on the real world as the contestants complete tasks that test their ethics and integrity. The stakes rise, along with the levels of reward and punishment, until eventually lives are on the line. Tobey, a lawyer and software expert, uses the canvas of high school psychodrama to paint a dark and at times scathing portrait of morality in the era of social media and the dark web. He also lards his novel with pop culture references — a Blade Runner quotation here, a nod to Neil Gaiman there — in a way that feels tacked on and unconvincing, a Gen Xer’s attempt to connect with a millennial audience