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Eve 2.0 by Winter Lawrence - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway


YA Action Adventure Fantasy | Science Fiction | LitRPG
Publisher: Fire & Ice Young Adult Books
Date Published: August 27, 2019

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Gwen Nielson is a gamer and she’s damn proud of it. Her mother may be a former beauty queen and her kid sister may participate in every pageant the state of Colorado has to offer, but Gwen is content to stay at home and play on her Xbox. To her, life isn’t about fashion and make-up; it’s about making a difference and keeping a low profile. And while most of the girls at her high school hang out at the local country club vying for the popular boys’ attention, Gwen is cool with having a boyfriend she’s never met. Pete is a fellow online gamer who lives in California. He’s funny and sweet, and his father owns a gaming company, which is an added bonus because Gwen gets to test out new games before they’re released to the public.

When Pete mails a new game for her to beta test, Gwen patiently awaits its arrival, but the package is never delivered. To make matters worse, when she calls to let Pete know, she discovers that he’s at the hospital after succumbing to a mysterious illness. Hours later, an ambulance arrives next door because her neighbor’s youngest son, Ben, suddenly becomes ill too. His parents and doctors aren’t sure why he has slipped into a coma, but when Gwen finds her opened package in Ben’s bedroom, she begins to suspect that the game is responsible for both of the boys’ eerily similar conditions.

Even to Gwen, the idea of a game making people sick sounds absurd, so she decides to test her theory before going to her parents. Unfortunately, her neighbor’s older brother, Ryan, insists on checking out the game with her. That’s when they discover that the disc isn’t a game at all—it’s actually a portal to a high-tech government simulator named Eve 2.0 who’s programmed to trap players until they can complete all of the timed objectives.

With her top-notched gaming skills, Gwen is a formidable opponent, but she quickly begins to realize that playing a game versus living it is a lot harder than she ever imagined. And as the objectives become more difficult and the four kids are forced to work as a team, Gwen concedes that she may not be as good as she needs to be, which just might end up costing her not only her own life, but Pete, Ryan, and Ben’s too.

My Review
Eve 2.0 is a young adult LitRPG novel about a gamer girl named Gwen who befriends another player named Pete. Pete's dad is a game developer, and Pete decides he and Gwen need to beta test his dad's newest game. Unfortunately for them, and her her neighbors Ryan and Ben (Ryan's her ex), the game isn't exactly what it seems, and soon they find themselves fighting for their lives, wondering if they'll ever see the real world again.
Eve 2.0 is a fascinating, fun, action-packed book that gamers (and even non-gamers) will enjoy. There's a variety of game that the characters get pulled into, and I think my favorite one was Desolation Peak. I do enjoy a good horror-survival game. The characters are likable enough, even with Gwen's back-and-forth internal fussing over Ryan and Pete. I think my favorite character was Ben, though.
The world-building is fun and unique, and it makes you feel as if you're actually in the games with the characters as they traverse through, trying to survive and complete their objectives. 
If you're a gamer, or just a fan of YA sci-fi/fantasy, you'll want to give Eve 2.0 a whirl.
4 stars!


About the Author 


Winter lives in the moment and loves nothing more than being surrounded by her family, her fur-babies, and a ton of great reads! When she doesn't have her nose stuck in a book, she's usually thinking up far away, fantastical worlds or she's cooking up a storm in the kitchen!

Because of her love for all things literary, Winter pursued a Master of Arts degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. Professionally, she is a manuscript editor and, in her spare time, she enjoys hosting author spotlights, posting book reviews, and teaching creative writing workshops.

In her private time, she is an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal romances, and one day she hopes to inspire young readers in the same way her favorite authors continue to inspire her today.


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