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Omegaball
Omegaball | Robert J. Peterson
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"Omegaball" is the story of a teenage quadriplegic genius named Laurie Everett. She's been confined to a wheelchair since birth, so she escapes her real life in a massive virtual realm called the Darknet, where she's a superstar Omegaball player. But her life changes when two men approach her with promises of a better life. One is Glenn Booker, general manager for the Chicago Dreadnoughts Omegaball team, here in the real world. The other is the mysterious Darknet hacktivist Mr. Chalk. Glenn wants to draft her, while Mr. Chalk wants her to join his virtual army. Laurie must decide which world she wants to live inthe real world, where she'll always be disabled; or the Darknet, where she can be a superhero."
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Lauredhel
Omegaball | Robert J. Peterson
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EllanaRose This is why own voices and research is so important. Yes representation is important, but it needs to be accurate, good representation, not "Congratulations, you wrote about someone who is not like you, well done!" Ugh. 2y
Lauredhel @EllanaRose I was just cringing and cringing and cringing while reading that review. Sometimes I wonder how someone can accidentally tread in so much fail. 2y
coffeenebula Wow, what an eye-opening article! Thanks for sharing. 2y
mostlycatsandcoffee Wow, that was awful to read! How did this even get published!! 2y
angrylilasian Reading this review and then reading the 4 star reviews on Amazon makes me wonder how much people are blind to or willing to overlook. 😞 2y
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Lauredhel
Omegaball | Robert J. Peterson
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I just can't with the world building in this book. The tech is nonsensically inconsistent, the teen slang is the same as current day slang, and now there has been over half a dozen 1980s-1990s pop culture references within a page or two. Including a reference to "eighties cartoons". The book is set in 2197.

DNF page 37.

monkeygirlsmama Hey, you tried. Better luck with your next book. 🙂 2y
RanaElizabeth Oh, god. Just the synopsis sounds bad, so many problems! 2y
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Lauredhel
Omegaball | Robert J. Peterson
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So... Her wheelchair has mimetic plastoid wheels that can scale stairs or convert into suction cups with a flick of her fingers. The world has nanosat zones where the air is teeming with nanoparticles that can organise themselves into any tech in an instant, turning "most of the planet into one giant app". But there is no piss tube that won't break all the time? Because plot point.

I'm already annoyed with this book and it is only page fourteen.

Lindy That would annoy me too. 2y
Amandajoy Think of all the advances in modern medicine... & we still can't cure the common cold. Some things are harder to figure out than others. Does that help? 2y
Lauredhel @Amandajoy it really doesn't. It's a tube. You can swipe a perfect pen out of thin air, you can make a bloody tube. We know why we can't cure a cold. There is no reasonable explanation for this. (edited) 2y
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Amandajoy Maybe it's time to bail on this book? 2y
Lauredhel @Amandajoy I was just writing my dnf post (after reading a little more). 2y
monkeygirlsmama LoL 😂 2y
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Lauredhel
Omegaball | Robert J. Peterson
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I haven't started Omegaball yet (it's not due back at the library till next year). Has anyone read it?

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Bookies
Omegaball | Robert J. Peterson
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Mehso-so

Better than so-so, not quite a pick, I will be carrying this book. There are elements of Ready Player One and Feed. The story is intriguing with fleshed out characters, including one in a wheelchair. Some twists and turns -- some predictable, one that shocked me, one that I didn't buy. Teens might enjoy it. It's fast-paced, told in intertwining blog posts of a sort. Some goofy humor that didn't quite work for me, but a cool world and new sport!

Bookies P.S. This was a review copy provided at BEA by Rare Bird Books. 3y
Bookies Hiya. I received an email from the publisher that the typos have been fixed. With this being a teen book and the issues resolved, I'm changing this to a pick because the situation and characters are interesting enough to warrant it! 3y
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