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“….an exhilarating and poignant tale of love, loss and computer games that ought to make the leap from “cult classic” to” popular success…..It is a book of big ideas, cunningly delivered through a slacker’s shrug.”
Stuart Kelly writing in Scotland on Sunday
Funny and unsettling, with a gripping narrative and a twisted post-Internet linguistic spin, The Broken World interweaves the everyday and the fantastical, the actual and the virtual to create a unique portrait of our lives – lived both in the ‘real world’ and via the computer screen. Day in and day out, the book’s narrator is preoccupied with The Broken World – an engrossing, genre-hopping and possibly addictive adventure that takes players from town to town as they fight zombies, agents, puzzles, robots and negotiate a veritable maze of puzzles and mysteries.
As the walkthrough consumes more and more of the narrator’s time, his life is slowly coming apart at the seams: the pizza job is starting to get shaky, the best friend is acting weird and, the live-in girlfriend Tory – who happens to pay more than half the rent – is becoming increasingly restless. Meanwhile, deep in the alternate dimensions of The Broken World, in a landscape of deserts, sprawling cities, space stations and fragmented war zones, things are getting very, very strange indeed.
First Edition Hardback
By Tim Etchells
Published in 2008 by William Heinemann