Gunner Skale by James Dashner
Gunner is a gamer in a world where people spend a lot of time in a virtual reality. Gunner is different from other gamers in that he can program his own places. He has made hide-outs in many places he has visited and invites others to discuss things. The only problems is that someone knows. Someone knows about Gunner’s hidey-holes and they know how to get in. What happens is terrifying.
What I liked
It’s interesting to think about existing in this digital place. Recently I watched an episode of Black Mirror that was about this very thing, well not about the exact circumstances of the book, but similar. People could essentially vacation in a digital world, in whatever time they chose. When they died, they could choose to upload their consciousness to this digital world and just stay there forever, while their body decomposed, or was cremated, whatever the case may be.
I think if we could send our conscious brain into a digital world many of us wouldn’t want to leave. Why live in the real world when you can live in this virtual place where you can control what you want to control and be who you want to be? The scary part of this idea is that you may not always control the virtual environment, in fact, unless you’re a coder, you’re certainly not controlling your virtual environment.
What I didn’t like
This is a bit too techno-woo for me. The difference between science fiction and fantasy, or one of the differences anyway, is that science fiction could actually happen and fantasy probably can’t happen. I’m not saying that vampires will never be a reality, maybe they could, but most likely they won’t be. Could we have cyborgs and faster than light space travel? Yeah, there’s a chance that we could. Who knows if it will ever happen though. Some science fiction seems highly unlikely though and that’s my idea of techno-woo.
You think you wrote your code to be un-hackable, well, you were wrong.
Would you trade your reality for a virtual reality?
Do you think you could hide your digital hide out?