Review: It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett

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June 8, 2016 by Zoë

In It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett, a group of LARPing friends find that their game has suddenly become very real. This is a quick little jaunt through a fantasy world and basically tells the story of one quest. There isn’t a lot to it, but the idea of a normal group of teens getting thrown into a fantasy adventure is always appealing to me. See also: User Unfriendly and Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde.

As far as stories go, this one was very simple: introduce the characters, start out the quest, transition to the fantasy world, finish the quest. This was all fine and a fun little story. The problem is, there really wasn’t any emotional depth. The characters didn’t have much to say about being transported into an alternate reality, nor did they have much to say when completing the quest didn’t transport them back into their own reality. This was explained mainly by the idea that in being transported into the fantasy they took on the characteristics of their characters. Thus they had the memories of their characters and began to act like their characters. Okay, I guess I can buy that, but it makes the story a little too simple for my tastes.

This would probably be a good story for someone just aging into the YA category of books, but I’m definitely not in that target age group so I just didn’t have much of a connection to it.

“He leaned against the wall, dazed, blinking slowly as he looked down and saw the arrow–a real arrow–protruding from his chest, blood slowly trickling out.”

I received an electronic copy of this book through NetGalley.

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