Synopsis: Tired of arguing over which of them was the best gamer, Josh and Alex stumbled upon a new video game shop, run by an enigmatic Japanese shopkeeper. He was to be their Game Master in this virtual reality video game that had no game controls. Little did they know it was a game that would change their lives, of their friends… and enemies… forever.
Josh and Alex are friends but their competitiveness has created a love/hate relationship between them. They are like many preteens I know completely oblivious to anything besides what is happening to them until the start playing “The Game of Life”. They learn how much interacting positively with their friends and family can change situations. They also learn how everyone has different home experiences and beliefs that shape their perspective of situation. I think the Copsey’s writing style is interesting and fits pretty well with the designated age group.
The story pace is pretty steady and each character could be someone that any child knows. I personally found the Game Master to be a little creepy because he knew of things happening in real life. He was very nice, wise and calming influence for the children. This is an interesting video game story where children can learn the importance of valuing others and the impact they can have on their friends lives. I liked the difference seen in Alex and Josh from the lessons learned in the game. They realized that they can achieve more by working together than competing against each other. Overall, good read for parents and children to read together when trying to teach values and interacting with others.