Arena by Holly Jennings
The year is 2054 and what are you watching? Virtual Gaming League, of course! Geeks have come full-circle to be the hottest celebrities around, and Kali is poised to be the most influential female player in an ever male-dominated sport.
Holly Jennings builds an interesting world where Virtual Gaming has become a spectator sport, and the players physically resemble their virtual avatars. Teams challenge each other Gladiator-style and battle to the death, virtually speaking, of course.
They call her “The Warrior” – Kali has trained her whole life to lead a team into the championships, and her strength of character is evident in her personal and virtual battles throughout the story. When tragedy strikes, we are introduced to Rooke. He is sexy, dark, brooding, and a mystery – everything we like in a guy, right? Besides, he flirts using BOOKS! *swoon* Watching the two characters grow is such a pleasure during this action-packed adventure.
It is a world that resonates with the dark fan fascination and dangers of current reality shows; where the line between reality and the virtual world become blurred with drugs, sponsorships, fan-pleasing, and insanity.
Jennings packs a punch with this book! There’s something for everyone; sex, lies, drugs, love, Taoist philosophy, mortal danger – you’ll find it here. Arena is appropriate for YA through adult. Sex scenes are kept PG, strong characters, and the frank approach to drugs and celebrity life make for an interesting and refreshing read.
I am off to brush off my gaming console; Perhaps after this read, you will too!
Librarian by day, mom/wife/reader by night (among several other quirky things). While others are busying themselves with the newest reality show, she is comfortably lounging in her Pjs, sipping coffee (or wine), and immersing herself in all things literary escapist. When not reading, she is busy singing, exploring the outdoors, mom-ing, wife-ing, and being an over all wannabe Superwoman.