Anderson, John David, Insert Coin to Continue. Pgs. 328. Simon and Schuster, 2016. $16.99. Language: G, Mature Content: G, Violence: G
When Bryan Biggins defeats the secret Demon King level of his favorite game, he wakes up the next morning to find his life has turned into a video game. He can see his HP, XP, and see the same information on everyone around him. As he completes the quests the game gives him, he either fails them and has to insert a coin or he levels up. He knows he will come up against a final boss, like any good video game. Will he be up to the task? What happens if he runs out of coins to feed the video game? Who will be the boss he has to defeat?
This book is action-packed, humorous, and engaging. The plot is complex and pulls the reader into the story. The characters are fun to read about and add a lot of depth to the story. Fans of video game-based books like Julia Durango’s The Leveller and James Dashner’s Eye of Minds will enjoy reading this book.
EL, MS. ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.