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( Read Book ) ⚷ Wick ⚨ How do you define a life With overblown visuals, stunning entrances and bloody battles played out in real time by holograms, Spark Forming has become far than a simple card game Drawing in fans from across the Colonies, no other sporting event creates a bigger buzz than the annual two day tournament to crown a new Spark Form World Champion Yet the scramble for the title is not the only source of conflict this year, and for some competitor s the real battles will take place away from the TV camerasWhat defines a person s life and drives them to keep moving forward When a game grows to reflect a society struggling to hang on, are some lives valid than others Can an AI ever truly be alive Find out in Matt Doyle s genre bending Slice of Life Science Fiction series, The Spark Form Chronicles This book takes some risks it goes out on a limb to combine various elements from the fantasy sci fi genre Ultimately it succeeds which I found a pleasant surprise considering how much this series tries to do You have multiple, deep characters, from John Forrester to Meera Thorne who all have differing backgrounds on how they game to be at the Spark Tournament That s the other major piece of this book real world fantasy with a decidedly fantastic flare in the form of a digital card game This book takes some risks it goes out on a limb to combine various elements from the fantasy sci fi genre Ultimately it succeeds which I found a pleasant surprise considering how much this series tries to do You have multiple, deep characters, from John Forrester to Meera Thorne who all have differing backgrounds on how they game to be at the Spark Tournament That s the other major piece of this book real world fantasy with a decidedly fantastic flare in the form of a digital card game I say digital with a question mark because it s a driving force for the plot in this book, just how real, or unreal is our digital world Doyle takes this question by the horns and explores it, prompting us throughout the well crafted story to question it in multiple ways.You ll find fast paced action and conversation prose that fits the characters like a glove They are zealous gamers and written to sound exactly how I d picture them Each point of view adds a different wrinkle to the story and kept me interested It s tough to write that way and not alienate readers, but Doyle does And of course as every good first installment in a series should do, this one ends on absolutely ridiculous note in a good way that give you just enough to go on for the next book I loved this book so much When it started out, I was a bit confused with the plot and I was not sure if I should continue But I m glad I did This book took me into a whole new world of card games, artificial intelligence and digital life It was a new area for me and it is my new favorite Detailed review with author interview and giveaway is to come soon.REVIEW UPDATE When I was asked by Matt Doyle to read his new book Wick in exchange for an honest review, I was not sure if I should do thi I loved this book so much When it started out, I was a bit confused with the plot and I was not sure if I should continue But I m glad I did This book took me into a whole new world of card games, artificial intelligence and digital life It was a new area for me and it is my new favorite Detailed review with author interview and giveaway is to come soon.REVIEW UPDATE When I was asked by Matt Doyle to read his new book Wick in exchange for an honest review, I was not sure if I should do this or not The plot did sound promising, but I wasn t sure if I can do into a world with Sci Fi setting Looks like I can and I love it Wick is about Spark Form World Championship, a digital card game taken to a whole new world of music, games and artificial intelligence It was a package of life, love and existence The story is told from different POVs with different attitude and personalities While John Forrester, the defending champion, is totally laid back about the game, Meera Thorne is a newcomer who is skeptic about this whole new world Fahrn Starchaser is badass women with boiling temper, and needs her partner, Maria, while Lana De LA Cruz, is somewhat a confused character and totally careless.With a wide range of characters, this book provides an insight into every tour of human being we see around ourselves.It is definitely a fast paced book and keeps you into it throughout, from the first page to the last And as you finish the book, you wantand.Personally, I didn t want the book to end but when it ended I wanted answers Hopefully, the next book will provide me some answers.Definitely recommended to all Sci Fi and fantasy fans.Entire review, interview and a giveaway on How do you define a life Enter the world of WICK, Holograms and Artificial Intelligence Matt Doyle has three eCopies to give awayInternational where allowedEnds February 15, 2016 11 59 PM click on Banner to enter Let the games begin Welcome to the annual two day Spark Form World Championship where survival of the fiercest, baddest holograms may be in the luck of the cards Be amazed as the crowd watches the masterminds behind the warriors plan their strategy and hope that lady luck wil How do you define a life Enter the world of WICK, Holograms and Artificial Intelligence Matt Doyle has three eCopies to give awayInternational where allowedEnds February 15, 2016 11 59 PM click on Banner to enter Let the games begin Welcome to the annual two day Spark Form World Championship where survival of the fiercest, baddest holograms may be in the luck of the cards Be amazed as the crowd watches the masterminds behind the warriors plan their strategy and hope that lady luck will smile on them In a world filled with turmoil, the crowds crave an escape and Spark Forming delivers in full dimensional and bloody color The last AI standing gains the crown for their creator, but is the competition and the battle only on the arena floor or is there something deeper going on backstage Old favorites versus champions versus the brash newcomers take the challenge for their own reasons, but what are they The show must go on as the struggles of each player reflects the struggles of life in a world gone awry.Matt Doyle Wick is part social commentary, part science fiction and 100% fascinating reading as we are introduced to each character with a full chapter to meet, greet and get to know what propels them to begin or continue competing year after year Is it all they know How they find value in their lives Have they gotten so lost within their creations that they have lost a sense of humanity Mr Doyle gives us a multitude of personalities to root for from laid back and seemingly indifferent to agitated and angry twitchiness Share each character s POV and crawl inside their minds to get to know them better Whether one can actually understand what truly makes each individual tick is a matter of perception, and the joy of being turned loose in a new world with a brilliant promise ofof everything.Are you a dyed in the wool science fiction fan Love to explore unique worlds or just looking for something fresh and edgy to sink your teeth into, Matt Doyle has a fresh voice, a complicated voice that brings the entertainment right to your door and plops you down in front row seats to watch both in the arena and behind the scenes Pick your favorite AI, your favorite competitor and place your bets may the odds and the computer cards be in your favor.Fast, furious, populated with characters that come to life, feel the excitement as the clock counts down for this year s Spark Form World Championship and forget your cares for a few hours I received this copy from Matt Doyle in exchange for my honest review.Publisher Matt DoylePublication Date August 1, 2015Genre Science Fiction DystopianPrint Length 239 pagesAvailable fromBarnes NobleFor Reviews More Highly original, well written fusion of disparate ideas Ties for the most creative book I ve read this year along with Exurbia.Wick is what happens when you take wrestlingesports cyberpunk and of all things, Yugioh And mix it in a blender on the highest setting You d think you d get a mess with such a mix, but instead you get something quite rare and even a tad beautiful.Wick starts in a very confusing way as we re dropped right into the action with no explanations given Highly original, well written fusion of disparate ideas Ties for the most creative book I ve read this year along with Exurbia.Wick is what happens when you take wrestlingesports cyberpunk and of all things, Yugioh And mix it in a blender on the highest setting You d think you d get a mess with such a mix, but instead you get something quite rare and even a tad beautiful.Wick starts in a very confusing way as we re dropped right into the action with no explanations given And the action we re dropped into isa beauty pageantno it s a setup for a wrestling match or something Oh, it sa card game Though not clear at first, it s soon revealed that all the POV characters are a part of some vast and very popular tournament style eSport called Spark Forming This futuristic eSport uses digital cards as a medium to summon impressively dangerous and beautiful looking beasts and humanoids that do battle in digital arenas Each of the tournament combatants has his or her own POV, with the exception of two or three characters And there are certainly some memorable POVs and other characters in the book.The PlotHere s hoping that I succeed in not ruining or spoiling anything here The plot revolves around several different mysteries as each character has his or her own reasons for participating in the tournament Though what each character presents on the surface is not always their true intentions On the surface everyone is in the tournament for fame, glory, and prize money Though most of their goals seem to be for things outside the arena It s revealed that there is muchgoing on behind the scenes and Spark Forming may not be as innocent and fun as the world thinks it is I think that s all I can say without spoiling too much It s vague, I know, but each reveal in the plot was major to me so I reeeeeallly don t want to spoil anything for anyone else I ll just add that there s some really good character drama that heats up from the middle to the end and the plot comes together nicely as each character s earlier behaviors are givenlight.The Arena BattlesThe futuristic eSport known as Spark Forming has several unique components to it that made it very unique to me The first has to be the player entrances Some of my favorite scenes in the book came from these entrances, which were reminiscent of professional wrestling to me Each player would have their own music that was presented in this waySong Came Out Bruised But Still Breathing Band Addicted to my Rut Genre Grunge And then once the player is out and ready to start the match you have EPIC summoning descriptions for the Spark Forms likeHis scales, rippling gently as he breathes, glow a deep, fiery red, Punctuated only by the curious black markings adorning his back and tail Dark as a starless night, they run the length of his body, forming a line of symmetry for the scimitar like patterns that trace paths out from the spine Then there are the battles themselves which are far faster,ferocious, and bloodier than I imagined they d be The players themselves experienced some sort of fatigue from the battles along with their Spark Form creatures as each battle required them to be plugged in and to use much of their own fortitude along with physical and mental dexterity.I liked the strategies formed for these matches and thought that the play by play by the announcers was a clever way to teach the reader how the game is played I will say that this is where the book s lack of exposition hurts it the most These battles would be muchenjoyable if the ground rules were laid before many of these battles took place Since I didn t know how the game was really even played, I never had any sense as to who would win or lose until the very end, so I was never on the edge of my seat for any of the battles It waslike watching a laser light show until the end and finally going that was neat, at the end of it So I hopeis explained about the card game itself in future books Maybe even a card list so that we can take note of potential strategies ahead of time Even with that said, the creativeness of the battles was enough to enthrall me and those were some of the chapters I read through the quickest.The Characters.Going hand in hand with the book s uniqueness is the strength of each of Wick s characters As I said before there are many POVs in Wick, about five or seven if my memory serves and each character brings a unique perspective and rationale to the story There were a few that I thought I d dread reading in the beginning, but by the middle I must say that everyone had chapters that I looked forward to It was mostly to unlock further mysteries in the story which everyone had fragments of, but I was surprised that a book with this many POVs didn t really offer any weak links for me Even A Song of Ice and Fire had those Sansa chapters that I freaking HATED, and many of the POVs in A Feast for Crows felt dry and pointless to me, but here, even with so many characters, I had a good time If you re anything like me you ll really become a fan of John Forrester who s just a fun character in every sense of the word I kind of want to say , but I prefer to leave some surprises.The Quick and DirtyDislikes Confusing beginning A lot is being said without much context You don t know if you re reading about a pageant, a card game, or wrestling The extra POVs in the beginning only added to the confusion Could use some better explanations on the cards and the game mechanics to get youinvested in the card game The game isn t explained clearly enough in the first few matches forcing you to pay close attention to each match to understand how its played.Likes Cool mix of wrestling and Yugioh or whatever combat card game you like I really liked the on camera dramatic promos It felt like the 80 s all over again Highly imaginative Cool characters Loaded with intelligence at every turn including characters, dialogue, plot, and muchThe wrestling references are too good Brilliant creature design and fight choreography eSports taken to the next level Solid characterization The announcers are a clever source of exposition Spark form action is bloody brutal fast and intense In depth ideas and concepts, very well thought out, with great execution John Forrester is a brilliant character So are many others, but he is by far my favorite