Arena : A Novel

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A fast-paced and gripping near-future science fiction debut about the gritty world of competitive gaming...

Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV.
She's died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier...

The RAGE tournaments--the Virtual Gaming League's elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a no-holds-barred fight to the digital death. Every bloody kill is broadcast to millions. Every player is a modern gladiator--leading a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses. And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real. Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world--until one of her teammates overdoses. Now, she must confront the truth about the tournament. Because it is much more than a game--and even in the real world, not everything is as it seems. The VGL hides dark secrets. And the only way to change the rules is to fight from the inside...
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Product details

  • Hardback | 332 pages
  • 160 x 235 x 33.02mm | 526g
  • Ace Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1101988762
  • 9781101988763
  • 2,480,605

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"A stunning debut, fast-paced, action-packed, with an interesting romance and a compelling yet flawed heroine...It's a book that will appeal to gamers and to those who've never picked up a controller...Read this book. You haven't read anything quite like it and you don't want to miss it."--Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Blistering action right from the first page, but it's Jennings' brilliant characters that kept me logged in to Arena. A thrilling debut."--Jason M. Hough, New York Times bestselling author "Think Hunger Games meets Ready Player One. Arena is serious nerdcore entertainment. Gamers, get ready to plug in!"--Chloe Neill, New York Times bestselling author "A nuanced and complex novel with a strong, imperfect heroine and a different approach to the 'rebel in a dystopian society' trope...With some surprising twists, Jennings faces down dark issues unflinching."--RT Book Reviews
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About Holly Jennings

Holly Jennings is a life-long gamer who has spent innumerable hours playing World of Warcraft and Call of Duty. Arena is her first novel. She lives in Canada, where she is working on the sequel.
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1,429 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 22% (321)
4 35% (499)
3 29% (414)
2 10% (144)
1 4% (51)
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