Title: Grid Seekers
Author: Logan Byrne
Series: (Grid Seekers #1)
Publication Date: February 20th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
In a dystopian future, WorldNet, a semi-autonomous evolved form of the Internet, controls daily life. WorldNet allows people to plug themselves in, transporting their minds and sensory organs into what citizens call the grid while their physical bodies stay put. Inside WorldNet they can shop, bank, dine, travel, and do everything they can do in the real world, and although WorldNet itself is free, there’s a cost for doing business.
Any citizen aged sixteen to sixty who accesses WorldNet during the year is entered into a lottery. Twenty-four people, four from each of six megacities, are randomly chosen to compete in an annual televised competition in which they’re plugged in and forced to search for one of two hidden talismans. If they fail to find one of the talismans, or if they die in the process, they’re sentenced to three years of hard labor. But if they win, they’re granted one wish, any wish, that could completely change their lives—or the world.
Alexia Meyers, a seventeen-year-old from New York City, hardly has any chance of being drawn in the lottery—after all, she lives in a megacity of millions. When Alexia is chosen, though, her entire world crashes and she realizes that her life is going to change in the worst of ways. She’s quickly taken to train for the competition, where she learns self-defense, survival, and strategic tactics for surviving—and winning—the competition. Alexia and her partner, Liam, must learn to work together to outwit their competitors and find the talismans, but they quickly learn it won’t be easy—especially when another team decides to take Alexia and Liam down
I tried. I did. But I just couldn’t keep going. And I feel bad about it, because I hate giving bad reviews or low ratings. But Grid Seekers is just so similar to The Hunger Games that it was almost painful to read. Just from the synopsis you know they’ll be somewhat similar, but I didn’t expect it to be as similar as it really is.
The only differences I could make so far? Instead of two people from each city, it’s four, because instead of twelve districts, they have six megacities. They are also incredibly technologically advanced. Instead of dying in the games and killing (you can still be violent and kill their virtual self, though), you’re in a virtual world, so you don’t actually die. Instead, if you lose you are sentenced to three years of unpaid labour.
The similarities? The main character lives in a small home with her mother and younger sister, like Katniss. They’re fairly poor and have to work hard, like Katniss. Alexia helps take care of her sister, like Katniss did. The main character’s dad died when she was young, like Katniss’s did. Alexia gets chosen to partake in this yearly competition against the other cities, like Katniss and the Games. Alexia’s mother says if anyone can win the games, it’s her, just like Peeta’s mom says about Katniss.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Grid Seekers is still different in its own way, and from what I’ve read it’s pretty good. But I’m just not comfortable reading something so similar to THG, especially since it feels like I’m almost re-reading it in a way and I don’t like re-reading books. It’s a bit disappointing, though, because I was really excited to read this book.
I recommend this to you if you’ve just read TGH and if you’re still too hangover about it, or if you’d be interested is something similar.