Monday, 11 December 2017

Audio Book Review: Starter Zone; The Revelation Chronicles, Book 1 by Chris Pavesic…

I thought it would be fun to offer you something completely different: a review of Starter Zone, the first book of Chris Pavesic’s new YA/LitRPG series, The Revelation Chronicles. So what is LitRPG genre, you ask? Chris explained to me that it was Role Playing Game books. Wow, who knew there was such a thing? I’m not normally a video gamer, but that didn’t stop me from entering Pavesic’s dystopian world and playing along with her characters. What a treat to listen to the audio version of this fantastical series! The narrator, Natalie Heng, does a wonderful job throughout the story, bringing Pavesic’s characters to life through her whimsical, strong voice.

So what’s my take on this role-playing fantasy-dystopian story of two sisters fighting to survive in a watered down version of the world? This is what I posted on Amazon and Goodreads…

 A 4 Star Fast-Paced Fantasy from the Get-go

From the very beginning, Chris Pavesic reels you into the dystopian world she created, and it’s not pretty. Humans have decided to seek immortality by inscribing the human mind onto a single drop of water. Add a government takeover into the mix, and things go from bad to worse. This is not the fountain of youth type world humans were striving for, but more like a watered-down nightmare, especially for sixteen-year-old Cami, and her younger sister, Alby.

Fighting for their lives in an apocalyptic world, the sisters dodge vicious gangs and the dangerous inscribed rains before getting caught by an organization who plans on selling them into slavery to be part of the realms, a game-like reality created for the wealthy. Pavesic pulls you through the challenges her characters must face in order to move up on the role-playing chain. Wonderful world building and filled with twists, even if you’re not a gamer, you’ll love the journey this story takes you on! Narrator, Natalie Heng does an awesome job with all the character’s voices, as she leads you through this magical, dystopian tale. Game on!

About the Book:

When hydrologists inscribe the consciousness of a human mind onto a single drop of water, a Revelation sweeps the land. The wealthy race to upload their minds into self-contained virtual realities nicknamed Aquariums. In these containers people achieve every hope, dream, and desire. But governments wage war for control of the technology. Terrorist attacks cause massive destruction. The Aquariums fail.  Inscribed human minds leech into the water cycle, wreaking havoc.

Street gangs rule the cities in the three years since the fall of civilization. Sixteen-year-old Cami and her younger sister Alby struggle to survive. Every drop of untreated water puts their lives in peril. Caught and imprisoned by soldiers who plan to sell them into slavery, Cami will do anything to escape and rescue her sister. Even if it means leaving the real word for a life in the realms, a new game-like reality created by the hydrologists for the chosen few.

But life in the realms isn’t as simple as it seems. Magic, combat, gear scores, quests, and dungeons are all puzzles to be solved as the sisters navigate their new surroundings. And they encounter more dangerous enemies than any they faced in the real world.

Time to play the game.

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About the Author:

Chris Pavesic lives in the Midwestern United States and loves Kona coffee and all types of speculative fiction. Between writing projects, Chris can most often be found reading, gaming, gardening, working on an endless list of DIY household projects, or hanging out with friends. She blogs on Tweets @chrispavesic  Find Chris and her books on Goodreads.


  1. Your narrator has a great voice, Chris! Sounds perfect for your hero!

  2. Thank you for reviewing Starter Zone!

    1. My pleasure, Chris! Wonderful audio book! Looking forward to the next one! Cheers!

  3. Love that this is available on Audible! Congrats, Chris!

  4. Sorry, I'm so late to the party. It's been a hectic week. This book looks like a great read and I'm wishing you many sales!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lisa! It truly was a fun read! Cheers!