June 17, 2013

Discordia: The Eleventh Dimension by Dena K. Salmon | Review

Discordia: The Eleventh Dimension by Dena K. Salmon | ReviewDiscordia: The Eleventh Dimension on April 14, 2009
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

For Lance (level 19 zombie sorcerer), and his friend, MrsKeller ( level 23 hobgoblin brigand), life's a battle, and then you die. And then you rez. And then you battle again. At least that's how it is in Discordia, the addictive online game that makes real life seem dreary in comparison.
At his new school, Lance feels weird and out of place, but in beautiful and complex Discordia, his zombie sorcerer is doing great: leveling fast, learning new skills, and making friends. He's even met a level 60 toon, TheGreatOne, who has recruited him and MrsKeller into his guild: Awoken Myths.
Lance wishes he could spend all his time in the game until TheGreatOne transports Lance and MrsKeller to the real Discordia, the perilous world in the eleventh dimension which inspired the game. Before they're allowed to leave, they must complete a high-level quest that may determine Discordia's survival and Lance's, too. If they don't get out soon, Lance could permanently mutate into the character he plays in the game: a zombie. The friends accept TheGreatOne's quest and meet Rayva, a runaway who may have been lured into Discordia against her will. The three make their way through a country on the brink of war, fighting monsters, traitors and spies yet their greatest danger may be Lance himself.

Lance, a zombie sorcerer, is always playing in the virtual world Discordia with his virtual friend MrsKeller. In this world, there are two sides: the zombies and the normal humans. The zombies can gain strength by eating others. Of course, Lance chooses to be a zombie. He takes the world and game playing so seriously. One day, he actually ends up being sucked into the real Discordia along with his virtual friend MrsKeller. You’d think the oddest thing is that MrsKeller is actually a guy, though it’s not. Lance is convinced that he’s actually turning into a zombie, just like TheGreatOne, the guy who pulled him into the real Discordia.

Together, MrsKeller and Lance travel and try to escape this world of Discordia. Will they ever make it back to the real world?

This book was very unique; I’ll definitely give it that. I’m a huge fan of anything video game related, because I find the whole idea of a virtual reality really intriguing. Hey, it is the 21st Century. I’ve actually never heard of this book before. I picked it up at a library book sale and I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis. I’m glad that I actually bought it.

The characters were pretty cool. I really liked MrsKeller because he knew so much about the world. You could definitely tell that he was serious about his gaming. I also found it really cool that they found another person, Rayva, who might’ve possibly been originally from the normal world. The only thing is, she’s been in the world for so long that she probably forgot about where she actually came from. She’s been living like a peasant for as long as she can remember.

Another really interesting thing about this book was the gamer’s manual. The manual for the Discordia game was actually in the beginning of the book, so it felt as if you were actually playing the game. It was really cool and I’d definitely play a virtual reality game like Discordia if there was one. I’d definitely suggest this book if you’re looking for a fast-paced read that has to do with video games. It would make a great pleasure read!

Recommended for fans of:
Rush by Eve Silver
Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde

Have you read this novel? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  1. Mariz Denver says:

    An interesting take on the blending of fantasy and reality, the author skillfully brings us into the land of MMOGs, making the terminology and actions accessible to those who have never played such games. Although any gamer would probably appreciate this fantastic tale, you don't have to be one to enjoy it.

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