The GOD Game is a gripping novel that explores some heavy questions about artificial intelligence and morality through the guise of an omniscient computer game.
Charlie and Peter, both high school students, are invited to join an elite augmented reality game, the God Game. The game was created by programmers that uploaded data from all religious and philosophical texts to an artificial intelligence, that now believes it is God. Charlie and Peter, initially excited by this invitation and the challenges presented by the game, invite their friends to join. However, things rapidly go south as they realize the scope of the game and how it has infiltrated their lives. Charlie wants out of the God Game, but is it worth the cost? Will the game prevail, or will Charlie and his friends come out on top?
The premise of this book was intriguing to me, especially with the developments in technology over my lifetime. I have had a some exposure to AR, and it is amazing technology! Initially, it took a couple chapters for me to be hooked in the story, but then I couldn’t put it down. I think the characters and story line may appeal more from the get go to somebody closer to high school age or more into science fiction or gaming. What really hooked me was the concept of artificial intelligence and the effects that this had on the game. The questions of morality and development of technology as a character was fascinating, especially in light of technology developments.
Overall, I did enjoy this story and am glad that I had the opportunity to read this book. Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the early copy!! #TheGodGame #StMartinsPress
The God Game comes out January 7th!
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