Moscow, 2138. With the world only beginning to recover from the complete societal collapse of the late 21st Century, Zoya scrapes by prepping corpses for funerals and dreams of saving enough money to have a child.
When her brother forces her to bring him a mysterious package, she witnesses his murder and finds herself on the run from ruthless mobsters. Frantically trying to stay alive and save her loved ones, Zoya opens the package and discovers two unusual data cards, one that allows her to fight back against the mafia and another which may hold the key to everlasting life.
Elkin Hardcovers’ Review: 4.8-Stars
The immortality game
By Ted Cross
At first glance, the immortality game has all the classic elements one would expect with cyberpunk: virtual reality; a dystopian future; direct human-machine interface; and all the issues that come with these consequences.
Cross does an excellent job of demonstrating how past actions lead to present consequences, and how those consequences lead to the mess that the protagonists find themselves in. The focus is however on Russia, not on a country in the western hemisphere. The other major difference is the characters.
Take Zoya, a Russian girl who is a mortician, a loving daughter, whose world is turned upside down by her brother’s actions; but who despite all the terrible things that happen to her, even though it puts her life in danger more than once, remains concerned for her friends and family.
Then there is Marcus, a recent Ph.D. receiver in nanotechnology, who’s a survivor of an addictive virtual reality program who turns out to be far more than he thinks he is. The pair of them navigate a world that has become far more than they thought it was: all thanks to the consequences of greed and technological development. If you are a fan of Cyberpunk or of the style of science-fiction that contains many of the genre’s elements, then you will certainly enjoy this work.
I give the work 4.8 out of 5.
RA Winter’s Review: 4.8-Stars
Billed as a sci-fi techno-thriller, this one doesn’t disappoint.
Moscow, 2138. While at work, Zoya’s brother stops by with a simple request. Deliver a small package. This takes Zoya into a hell of her brother’s making. Murder and death follow her, beginning with her own brother.
This is full of technology that honestly, could be the future. People communicate wirelessly. Chips are inserted into their necks and all the knowledge available is at their fingertips.
Of course, there are those who decide to live in a dream world and get addicted to the virtual reality.
Marcus lives in the US, with his mother who is addicted to the virtual reality. She shut down after her husband’s death and prefers to live in a dream world, where her friends are near.
Marcus fulfills his father’s dream of earning his doctorate. Only his father has uploaded himself onto the web. Somewhere in Russia, the key to bringing his father back to life has been activated. Marcus travels to Russia under false pretenses to search for the technology.
War plagues the world. The military is after the chip that Zoya has, and they will stop at nothing, including murder to get it back. Marcus has to get the technology before them or his father will never live again.
I read part of this on my phone I also listened to it on audio. I think if you’re into listening to your books, start out with this one by reading it, just so you understand how the ‘links’ to wireless chat is used, then you’ll be fine.
I found no formatting issues with this on my phone, nor heard any type of errors on the audio. It was very engaging and a deeply involved story. Well worth the page count, there wasn’t any run-on plot or info dumps. Very well handled intro into a new world.
I love the cover too.
An engaging thriller, well written and enjoyable for anyone.
Sherry Terry’s Review: 4.9-Stars
I loved The Immortality Game by Ted cross! The cover is well done and fits the story very well. I like the futuristic feel of the cover, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The characters are well-rounded and fleshed out splendidly to make them feel like real people.
The first chapter hooked me so hard, I couldn’t put The Immortality Game down, and the story kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. I loved all the futuristic Scifi stuff, and I think Ted Cross did a fantastic job with the world building. There are no huge chunks of “explanation”, there are no info dumps of techy stuff. Ted simply puts them into the story as if we are already as familiar with them as we are with televisions or cell-phones. I fell effortlessly into the setting, picturing everything with ease. His world-building abilities should be studies, in my opinion.
The main character, Zoya leaps off the page to have you on her side from the start, and you can’t help but cheer her on as she not only survives, she becomes a bad-ass.
There were a few sentences I felt could be a little stronger, and several characters are introduced at once, which had me a tiny confused for a moment at the beginning. For this reason I give the story 4.8-stars. Overall, this did not impede my enjoyment of this story one bit.
I highly recommend The Immortality Game by Ted Cross to everyone who enjoys reading science fiction, cyberpunk, mystery, suspenseful thrillers.