I seem to be on a LitRPG kick as of late...
The Hook (blurb taken from Amazon):
When Gunnar Long is transported into the first fully-immersive virtual MMORPG, he finds himself in a new world filled with magic, mystery and adventure.
No more 9-to-5 job. No more studio apartment. No more reality TV.
Finally, he’s in a place where he can call home, a place with people he can call friends.
But as more people want to trade their real world lives to get inside Eden’s Gate, the government of the outside world wants the “game” shut down at all costs.
Gunnar must learn to survive, grow in power and find a way to find send a message back to his old home.
“We’re fine. We’re alive. Eden’s Gate is real.”
If you haven't heard of the genre or are curious about it, I recommend this book. The author is a native English speaker, which is a definite plus when it comes to this genre. I am not dissing translators, but since a lot of these novels are translated from another language and done so at the author's expense, there is a great disparity in quality.
Mr. Brody provided interesting characters and a very original premise as to the circumstances of the players within the game and the driving force behind the plot. That said, I found the ending very quick and weak. He spent so much time in the first few chapters building up the apparent dastardly actions of the game developer but then abandoned all of it at the end and tried to present him as doing something for the greater good.
A little disappointment in that, but since it appears this is going to be a series, perhaps another plot twist is coming. I will be keeping an eye out for the next book in the world of Eden's Gate.