“Press Start to Play” Review

krismii Happy May, everyone! Kris here with my monthly book review. Enjoy!

This month’s review is going to be a little different. Rather than be one story or memoir, “Press Start to Play” is a collection of twenty-six short stories written by some very talented writers, including Andy Weir, Holly Black, Rhianna Pratchett, and Austin Grossman, just to name a small few. It’s edited by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams with a foreword by Ernest Cline, the author of “Ready Player One.”

I admit, I haven’t finished the entire collection just yet. In fact, I’ve only read the first few or so, but I am enjoying the collection nonetheless. They’re all soundbites of what could be such bigger stories, stories that take place on virtual worlds with virtual people, people you don’t realize are virtual until it’s too late to turn back.

Some of the short stories I have read use the second-person point of view, something that’s not often done at all in novels. With the second-person point of view, it thrusts the reader into the main role just as video games do.

Another short story questioned the psychological effect video games have on us. What did it say about us always wanting to escape to virtual worlds rather than deal with the real one?

Yet a third twisted reality around the characters, characters who had been playing in “God Mode” during the creation of a video game. What if they were just part of a game that was slowly being erased to make way for a new setting?

“Press Start to Play” is an interesting collection, and I’m definitely looking forward to finishing it. If you’re interested in short stories revolving around the wonder of video games and their settings, I recommend picking it up.

 

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