Trapped in a Video Game #1 Review (Kids Sci-Fi)

Title: Trapped in a Video Game | Series: Trapped in a Video Game #1 | Author: Dustin Brady  | Pub. Date: 2016-7-5 | Pages: 129 | ASIN: B01I2A0VVW | Genre: Children’s Science Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Kindle Unlimited.

Trapped in a Video Game #1

Jesse Rigsby doesn’t even like video games. Yet, here he is with a blaster stuck to his arm, a man-sized praying mantis thing chasing him and…is that the Statue of Liberty taking off like a rocket ship? Something weird is going on, and Jesse had better figure out what it is fast, because he’s about to be trapped for good.

Trapped in a Video Game is the first in a series of fast-paced, funny thrillers that will entertain kids, middle-schoolers and even adults.

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Trapped in a Video Game 1 Review

This was actually a lot more interesting than I thought it was going to be. I started the book with my 8 year old as a random grab for bedtime reading, and was quite surprised.

Trapped in a Video Game was a well-written, engaging story for 8-10 year old readers. The language is age appropriate.  While there is violence, it is kept very much at the basic video game level. There is no blood or guts or anything like that. When characters die they reset to the beginning of the level. And the concept is just fun. I mean, who hasn’t imagined that they could be in their favorite book or movie? Taking it one step further to a video game isn’t hard at all. I giggled at the Super Mario bit involved.

Even with that assurance of safety, though, Trapped in a Video Game still does manage to introduce an element to keep the tension up. The characters are safe from permanent harm, but sometimes that’s not enough, as they quickly find out.

The two main characters are young boys. The way they interact with each other is very believable. They are very different in personality. One is very take charge and whoop it up, whereas the other is much more goal-oriented and serious. They don’t exactly make a great team most of the time, but that’s what adds some of the realism. There is a third character that is featured briefly. I would assume book two deals with what happens to him. I have to say I’m honestly curious, too. Kudos to Dustin Brady for keeping even my interest!

I think Trapped in a Video Game is a book that is definitely tailored for today’s kids. It stimulates the imagination, both during reading the book and afterwards. It’s adventurous, well thought out, and a fun book to read with your child. Or to let them read on their own.

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