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Sintesi dell'editore

To the people of the planet of Pearl, vim is everything. Vim is an energy resource that exists deep beneath the surface. A life force, it approximates the idea of a human soul. When the people of Pearl die, their vim is returned to the soil. And each new baby takes a little back out.

The company of Megacorp wants to change this natural process forever. They’ve found a way to mine the vim and use it to power numerous gadgets and machines on the surface. While this industry has given the planet’s inhabitants a better quality of life, it threatens to shift the balance of their entire existence.

Cirrus Stark is determined to stop them. When he is inducted into WAVE, a shadowy secret rebellion, he is determined to break Megacorp’s monopoly and destroy the company. As he grows closer to the other members of WAVE and nears the achievement of his main objective, Cirrus realizes some startling things about the planet - and his own place in the universe. He is just one piece of a larger cosmic puzzle.

Will he ever comprehend the entire picture, or is he destined to simply perpetuate systems put in place millennia before?

©2017 David L. Van Horne (P)2017 David L. Van Horne

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  • Michael J
  • 23 05 2018

FF7 is all this is

good luck not getting sued over this. I got this book because I was trying to help out Bearing with his advertising but damm if it didn't back fire on me

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  • Christer
  • 25 05 2018

Could Not Finish

The writing is ok or even good, but there is one thing that brought me as a reader out of the story frequently: infodumps

It's like nobody told the author that such things exist. The prologue is one long info dump where you're being set up in the world. The author talks about how the City is built and why it is in such a poor state and on and on... It goes on for such a long time that it is all too much for anyone to remember, because you as a reader don't yet care about any of it.
Then you get the first chapter and it is Just SUCH a long info dump. You start with the Main character and the author goes off into his whole childhood, relationship to this woman you k ow nothing about, his whole career etc. Without any conversation or thing in the world inspiring it.
Then you hear from this woman he is in love with or whatever and she sees a spark or something and THEN WE GET HER WHOLE SAD LIFESTORY Just told to us.

Someone might like this, but i find it extremely boring Just being forcefed all this information.

And sometimes the author forgets which perspective he is writing from and changes from him to her as he faints(which can be ok, but the distingtion is not clear). This happens more than once

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  • Jonathan E.
  • 26 05 2018

Fan fiction desperately in need of an editor.

I have no problems reading fan fiction. I have no problems reading something that is inspired by another work, even if it's something that resembles the original work too closely for comfort. If it's done well enough, I'll happily shell out the money to experience it, even if it's something I've consumed before in other media. This? This is literally just Final Fantasy 7, written almost verbatim. There's a few differences, which I assume the author intends to fully expound on in future volumes so it isn't quite the same story as the game it is clearly based off of, but readers aren't given any reason to care about them in this book. They're there, purely just for the sake of it, whether it is relevant or not.

The perspective shifts quite a bit often between an assortment of characters, so often that you probably won't understand who the protagonist is, or who the antagonist is. There's no real problems in this story for the characters to overcome, other than they want to take on Megacorp, which is this novel's analogue to the Shinra Corporation from Final Fantasy 7. The protagonist, who I have to assume is Cirrus, gets a few select parts in the book (including a very large info dump about his character all in one go before the perspective shifts again). You're not given any reason to care about this character, what he does, or why he does it, other than the book just outright explaining his dark and brooding past and how he has depression. No characterization to go with it, no events to expound on it, or no scenes with other characters to relay this information in a way that feels organic. The book just expects you to learn everything up front and run with it. Other characters have something similar to this treatment, but no big long infodump to go with them. You're left to come up with reasons yourself as to why you should care; like how most of the female characters have gotten pregnant or were separated from their one true love.

There are events in the story that seem to just be totally glossed over, like it hadn't happened at all, or it is just expected that the reader knows it happened. Not spoiling anything, it's like if you're reading Harry Potter for the first time, and you're told that Harry is a wizard by a big hairy scruffy guy. Great! You got the exposition, and you got why Harry wants to go to wizard school. You have a brief scene at a train station, maybe you get a hilarious scene of Harry running into a pillar with a cart full of wizard stuff and crashing, only for the story to immediately cut to the Sorting Hat scene. That is what one can expect from this book. If you've played the game this book is based off of, you have a clear understanding of the string of events that this book wants you to follow along with, so you can fill in these assumptions. For everyone else? You'll reach a point in the book where you'll probably go "Okay so did they already do X? They're talking about X, and there's smoke as evidenced by the other character's perspectives, so I guess they already did X. I kind of wished I got to read about the how-to and all the crazy details that resulted in this event." You'll get the beginning, maybe how they got started on X, but all the interesting parts themselves, you'll have to fill in for yourself (Or just play the game).

Story aside, I've listened to bad books before. I sometimes even like them because the narrator did a damned good job in at least making it entertaining to listen to. I've listened to good books with horrendous narrators, which has actually prompted me to make use of Audible's return policy. This one? Be prepared to listen to the narrator inhale before almost every sentence. If you haven't listened to very many audiobooks, or if this is your first, you'll probably not even notice it. But for someone that listens to audiobooks on a daily basis during work or before bed (like me), it is immediately noticeable and annoying. There isn't swallowing, throat sounds, or the badly edited out cough like in some truly horrible audiobook adaptations, but you should be aware of it regardless.

All in all, I wished I stopped listening at the halfway mark, went back onto Audible, and just outright returned this. I have a policy of not returning books I fully completed, which I unfortunately did with this one out of curiosity; "How closely DOES this follow the game this is based off of?" The answer, as stated before, almost verbatim. And you know what? That's fine. There's a plethora of litRPG novels that follow the same plotline, or there's countless romance novels that follow the exact same plotline where boring woman meets rich/mysterious man (or the flipside), or you could even make a case for various space opera books as well. What this book lacks is editing. I would be happy to read about Cirrus and his adventures with the eco-terrorist group called WAVE, taking on an energy company called MegaCorp, whom generates electricity by sucking the very soul out of the planet. I would love to read about the political intrigue between MegaCorp and the world's governing body, and how they use their mercenaries to strong arm government officials to get their way. I would love to read about how Cirrus gets over his problems through meeting interesting characters, and overcoming those problems through experience and storytelling rather than the book just outright telling me about it. I would love to read about how the two gods mentioned in this book play a larger role in the story, and how the fabric of time is torn asunder by what Cirrus does or why interacting with a certain character will ruin life as we know it. But the way this story is written, it is a slog to even gleam the information and churn it out in any meaningful way.