by Margaret Fieland
Overview (from B&N.com): When fourteen-year-old Martin lets Tom, a charismatic bully, persuade him to bring down the spaceport computer network, he never considers someone will place a bomb resulting in the death of his friend’s father. Nothing will bring Captain Frey back, but if Martin can help locate the terrorists’ drug lab, perhaps he’ll be able to forgive himself.
Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author, via Goodreads, in exchange for an honest review.
My Thoughts: When I first read the description of Geek Games I immediately thought of that 80s movie, War Games. This book was quite different and definitely had more of the sci-fi element.
Geek Games definitely suffers from a less than stellar book overview. It doesn’t do the book justice and really doesn’t make a reader want to pick it up. That is unfortunate because in a way, it fits the idea of not judging a book by its cover.
The writing was more juvenile than I expected. After reading Geek Games, I would be more inclined to recommend it solely to ages 10-15 that like science fiction. The tempo of the writing was a bit awkward. The action scenes didn’t seem urgent, just rushed. I think there’s a lot of potential in Geek Games, if the author were to flesh out more of the scenes and make it longer.
The characters were not at all believable. Throughout the majority of the book I found myself annoyed with how bratty (Alan and Martin specifically) tended to be. I realize they were only 14, but I don’t ever remember acting like that (even at my worst). Throwing tantrums and talking back (in the most disrespectful way possible) to adults, while living through a ridiculous plot was just too much for me.
I wasn’t necessarily a fan of Geek Games, but I didn’t dislike it. Geek Games just never captured my attention fully or sucked me into its story. I would recommend it to a very specific audience (10-15 year olds that like sci-fi).
2.5 out of 5 Bookmarks = I’m caught between liking it and not liking it because I think it could have been better.