Caramel has been reviewing book after book of the Wings of Fire series. Today he takes a break from the dragons and talks about a book about gaming: Last Gamer Standing by Katie Zhao, published in 2021. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel this book just appeared one day in your paws.
Caramel: Yes, I got it from my classroom library.
S: That is cool, that you have a classroom library and that there are books there that you find interesting.
C: Yep. I often find books there that I like to read.
S: Okay, so why did you pick up this one?
C: Because it looked interesting.
S: And did it turn out to be interesting?
C: Yes, why else would I be reviewing it?
S: Well, that is good. Tell us about it then.
C: This book is about Reyna Cheng, who is a Chinese-American gamer.
S: What does that mean?
C: She plays virtual reality video games.
S: What kinds of games?
C: The one she is playing is called Dayhold and she is very good at it.
S: Does Dayhold exist? Did you ever play it?
C: No, this is supposed to be in the future, it is 2064 or 2067 or something like that, and the video game is in virtual reality. And she is competing against other people as well as some artificial intelligence players. And people who are very good at gaming are like celebrities and there is a lot of money in gaming. So Reyna is not just playing, she wants to become a professional gamer.
S: I see. So she is young though, right?
C: Yes, she is twelve and just finished sixth grade. But most of the other people in the game don’t know who she is and she wants to keep it that way.
C: Because most gamers are boys or men and Reyna knows from experience that as a girl gamer, she will not be treated well.
S: Oh, that’s so not fair!
C: You’re right, and she is so much better than the other players.
S: Well, even if she weren’t, it would be better if people did not mistreat her just because she is a girl.
C: I agree.
C: She is very good though. She beats one of the best players and he was cheating and she still beat him.
S: Wait, I am worried you might be going into spoiler territory.
C: Possibly. but there is a lot more that happens in the book. So there is a troll for example who wants to dox her. And doxing we looked that up, it means that people make your identity public despite your wishes to remain anonymous. And a troll is “a person who intentionally antagonizes others online by posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content” according to a dictionary.
S: Oh that can be very dangerous!
C: Yes she could be in real danger, but she tries to save herself and the book is about that too.
S: I see. Does it also describe the game itself?
C: Yes a little. It seems interesting; you fight people with swords, spears and so on.
S: You did finish the book rather quickly. Was it an easy read for you?
C: Not always. I did not know about doxing and so I had to figure that out. By asking you, my very trustable source. But the book is written in Reyna’s voice and in first person, so that was good, it made it easier to read.
S: I see. If you were to try and find three words to describe the book, what would they be?
C: Descriptive, because there are a lot of descriptions of the game, funny sometimes, and exciting because I wanted to know what would happen to Reyna so I kept reading. It is attention-snatching, it kept my attention.
S: I can see that! Would you recommend the book to other bunnies like yourself?
C: Yup. Some boys think girls can’t be good gamers, so maybe it would be good for them to read this book. Because Reyna is a very good gamer but also it is not nice to mistreat people just because they are a girl.
S: Thank you Caramel, I totally agree. So let us wrap up this review then. What do you want to tell our readers?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!
2 thoughts on “Caramel reviews Last Gamer Standing by Katie Zhao”
Caramel breaks his Dragon Book streak. 😀 Glad to see he has other book interests outside of dragons.
Reading about this book brought to mind a movie we once saw together. It was called “The Last Starfighter”. The film tells the story of a teenage boy, recruited by an alien defense force to fight in an interstellar war. The alien defense force had planted a series of video game machines all over earth and monitored them to see which earthling got the highest score. Here are a coupe of clips.
The first one is the boy breaking the record.
The next one is a clip of him being recruited to be the last starfighter.
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I am glad Caramel is able to get books from the school library and chooses interesting books to read.
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