The Restoration Game

The Restoration Game

Book - 2011
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There is no such place as Krassnia. Lucy Stone should know--she was born there. In that tiny, troubled region of the former Soviet Union, revolution is brewing. Its organizers need a safe place to meet, and where better than the virtual spaces of an online game? Lucy, who works for a start-up games company in Edinburgh, has a project that almost seems made for the job: a game inspired by The Krassniad, an epic folk tale concocted by Lucy's mother, Amanda, who studied there in the 1980s. Lucy knows Amanda is a spook. She knows her great-grandmother Eugenie also visited the country in the 1930s and met the man who originally collected Krassnian folklore, and who perished in Stalin's terror. As Lucy digs up details about her birthplace to slot into the game, she finds the open secrets of her family's past, the darker secrets of Krassnia's past--and hints about the crucial role she is destined to play in The Restoration Game.

Combining international intrigue with cutting-edge philosophical speculation, romance with adventure, and online gaming with real-life consequences, this book delivers as science fiction and as a sharp take on our present world from the viewpoint of a complex, engaging heroine who has to fight her way through a maze of political and family manipulation to take control of her own life.
Publisher: Amherst, NY : Pyr, 2011.
ISBN: 9781616145255
Characteristics: 257 p. ;,23 cm.


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Nov 25, 2018

I didn’t make it to the halfway point before putting it down. The writing was okay. But there wasn’t enough in the story to hold my interest.

ChristchurchLib Feb 04, 2016

Born in the tiny nation of Krassnia, part of the former Soviet Union, Lucy Stone now lives in Edinburgh, where she designs video games for a living. Her mother, a CIA operative, asks Lucy to create a massively multiplayer role-playing game based on Krassnian folklore that will provide Krassnian rebel groups with a covert online channel for communicating with one another. As Lucy conducts research, she learns more about her family's longstanding involvement in the troubled region's history and politics. This witty, detailed blend of science fiction and espionage may appeal to fans of Nick Harkaway's Angelmaker.

Science Fiction newsletter January 2016.

Deunan Feb 22, 2013

A really good science fiction story. I read it in an evening and enjoyed it a lot. Good characterization, a nice spy thriller element as well (realistic, more LeCarre than James Bond), and some interesting takes on what you might expection from an sf plot involving RPGs.

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