The story of Epic revolves around a society (I think it’s a new colony on a planet that is not Earth) that resolves all conflicts through a video game called Epic. The Epic video game is basically World of Warcraft, sophisticated version. Everyone in the world has a character, and they spend all of their free time developing their characters so that they can petition for things that they want.
All conflicts and problems are resolved in the Arena, where the rulers of the real world have amazing game characters, and everyone else has poor, badly equipped characters. Violence is completely outlawed in the real world, which is why the game has become so important. The world is also in a state of almost medieval technology aside from the game, because the people spend so much time playing the game, rather than finding new technologies.
In the story, the main character is a boy named Erik. Erik is 14, and is almost old enough to battle to qualify to get into college. He keeps killing his characters, however, which makes him loose all his equipment and skills. He doesn’t die because he is bad at the game, though. He keeps dying because he tries to attack a dragon that is impossible to kill. Erik has found a loophole, though, which makes it possible for him to kill the dragon with a group of friends.
Once the dragon is defeated, Erik and friends become wealthy enough to challenge the current government system, which most people feel has become overly corrupted. Most of the book focuses on the in-game battles that the friends must go through to defeat the powerful government characters.
Overall, I liked this book. Video game stories appeal to me. The writing was clear and easy to follow, and most of the story plot lines made sense. However, I did not really like the political undertones that were in this book. I get a little bored over so many stories outlining the wealthy as evil people. The other political undertone, that video games are evil and should die, also kind of surprised me. The author of this book, Conor Kostick, was one of the developers for the first online fantasy game (that’s what the book’s back cover says; it does not say what game it was). It seems like he wouldn’t be so against video games if that were how he made his money, but whatever.
This book should appeal to anyone about the age of 10. More so if they are interested in video games.