Re-Read and Review: Epic by Conor Kostick

Re-read and Review is a series where I review books that I have already read and recently read again. These reviews are the same as my normal reviews, except I have re-read these books already knowing parts of the plot and that I have previously enjoyed the book.

Epic

Wow, I love this book. I first read it in middle school, and before reading it again I remembered the basic outline of the plot and that I really liked it, but not much else. It was a great ride the second time through, and I think I may have appreciated it even more reading it now.

The premise of this book is that the human race has moved on to a new planet, called ‘New Earth, due to the original Earth having been destroyed by wars. On this new planet a new government is created, its structure heavily dependent on the multi-player video game Epic. In this way, violence is never allowed and all disputes are decided through duels within the game. It is a certainly unrealistic premise, but it is really interesting to see in practice.

The main thing I appreciated more reading it the second time was the whole government of New Earth, and how the people worked with or against this government. One I first read the book I was much more focused on the game itself and how cool it was, and New Earth’s government was just something that drove the plot. This time I payed attention more to the parts of the book that happened outside of the game, and the experience of the book was better for it.

One thing that is great about this is the description used. In many books, large ‘flowery’ descriptions often make the book tiresome for me. However, in Epic the rich details are balanced well with the plot and in many ways enhance it.

This book also includes a really well done plot, that has many unexpected turns and really great moments. I also thought the endings was really satisfying.

Another thing about this book that is great is that the in-game experiences and real life experiences of the characters blend together extremely well. In some books I’ve read that include a video game as a large part of the plot, the two environments and experiences don’t go well together, lending to a confusing plot and a narrative that is very hard to follow. Epic has none of these problems.

Epic by Conor Kostick is a very interesting book with great imagery and an exciting and well written plot. It is a book you should definitely read if you enjoy science-fiction, fantasy, and books that have to do with video games.

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