A thrilling and satisfying conclusion: "Game Over" by Andrew Klavan
Having achieved the seemingly impossible, an evil terrorist named Kurodar has built a link between his mind and a network of supercomputers. The result is a computerized world known as the MindWar Realm, and is the means by which Kurodar can threaten to wipe out entire nations. Teen Rick Dial has successfully entered the Realm twice before and has succeeded at vastly crippling Kurodar and thwarting his plans. But now Rick realizes that things have gotten out of his control as a connection in Rick's brain has allowed Kurodar access to his mind to use for his plans. As the lines between reality and the realm become ever more blurred, Rick finds himself facing down a threat to not only his own life, but to all those whom he loves.
"Game Over" is a thrilling and satisfying conclusion to the MindWar trilogy, as readers find themselves thrust once again into the middle of a battle between good and evil that is unlike any other series out there. Rick is a flawed but courageous hero, one that teens and readers of all ages will resonate with as he is stretched farther than he knew was possible. His relationship with Molly, which really emerged in book 2 of the series, grows in a special way over the course of this novel as Rick matures and is able to grapple with what his heart is telling him. Rick's faith also grows as he confronts his doubts and his unbelief in the goodness of God in the midst of difficult circumstances. As with prior books, I am amazed at how Klavan can have such an action-packed book that still has some true scenes with depth to them. The combination makes for some addictive reading. And, while I don't want to give the ending away, I can promise you that as you turn the final page in the story, that you will be left with a smile on your face and a feeling of fondness for Rick and Molly and their families.
If you haven't yet picked up any of the books in this series, I encourage you to start with the first book in the series, MindWar, so that you have a good sense of the world Klavan has created, and can watch Rick go over the course of this journey. But I promise you that you will find it difficult not to devour these books one after the other, because each is a great addition. It's difficult for me to say which book has been my favourite, but I can say that "Game Over" is quite the entertaining ride indeed! I award this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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