Popular Books Arena published Every week Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV She s died hundreds of times And it never gets easierThe RAGE tournaments the Virtual Gaming League s elite
Popular Books Arena published 2020 Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV She s died hundreds of times And it never gets easierThe RAGE tournaments the Virtual Gaming League s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a fight to the digital death Every kill is broadcast to millions Every player leads a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining thEvery week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV She s died hundreds of times And it never gets easierThe RAGE tournaments the Virtual Gaming League s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a fight to the digital death Every kill is broadcast to millions Every player leads a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real.Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world until one of her teammates overdoses Now she s stuck trying to work with a hostile new teammate who s far distracting than he should be Between internal tensions and external pressures, Kali is on the brink of breaking To change her life, she ll need to change the game And the only way to revolutionize an industry as shadowy as the VGL is to fight from the inside. Good Book Arena The beginning of this book totally sucked for me. You have Kali Ling, who worked her way up in the virtual gaming leagues and now she is participating in the RAGE League. Which is the best of the gamers, gaming is now as big as the Superbowl. She and her team must look out to please their sponsors, keep their fans and that kinda stuff. (boring)Kali is friends with benefits with one of her team members. The whole team parties so she thinks nothing about when he is dosing really heavy one night. (Drugs are VERY easy for them to get). He overdoses (not a spoiler-chill out) with Kali in his bed. So her boss knows he needs to get another team member for the tournament coming up. So enters the hot guy:Something's wrong," she announced in a hushed voice.I stopped dead. "What?""I was gay before I entered the office. And then, that happened."She pointed to the guy standing with Clarence on the other side of the room. My mouth dropped open, and my swirling stomach became an inferno, spreading heat..everywhere else.That's right after her 'friend with benefits' died.I almost went the DNF road right there. BUT I'm trying to be better about the quitting of books so I kept on trucking.Her team is in pretty much shambles for a bit, adjusting to a new team member and after the death of one of their own. Then the boss man tells Kali and the new guy, Rooke that they have to play up a romance for the cameras.We've been there before haven't we?Kali realizes that she is not dealing with her previous guys death very well and FINALLY starts acting like she has some sense. She, with hot guy Rooke's help of course, starts to incorporate her lessons on Taoism and the pitfalls that come with being a professional gamer.No one knew about except the gamers themselves. A victim of the minefields that was the life of a virtual gamer. Drugs. Alcohol. Obsession. Mental Illness. All shrouded in darkness by a world faker than the arena itself.She starts to become that female warrior that she is known as.That was the best part of this whole book. As a reader I got to see a female main character in a book actually grow some. Usually it's just all about getting the boy. This one DID keep from doing that. There was some touch of the lurvey dovey-including one of the hottest first kiss scenes that I've read in a young adult book. BUT the majority ended up being on her becoming her own kick-ass person.I was a poster child for the Chinese warrior. No. The Chinese-American warrior. A perfect blend. Both sides as one.One thing I did not get though:The virtual gaming stuff. If our world has evolved to be to where the games are a form of highly paid rock-star entertainment..wouldn't there be more to it than a wheat field with taking your other teams tower after beating them to death? The same scene, every single match and we are supposed to believe that the gaming world is addictive as crack?Crack is whack because I was not sold on that shit. Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for reviewI'm highlighting my friend Sh3lly's review even though Netgalley denied her she is who brought the book to my attention. She is one of the best book promoters. Start approving her!