The Once and Future Geek by Mari Mancusi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Just when you thought it was safe to venture into Medieval times through your favorite online game, Merlin has to muck it all up!
Meet Arthur and Guinevere...or rather their younger selves, as they live their carefree (not really) childhood days harboring the normal issues of self-doubt, the need to be seen AND heard, and unrequited love. Ah yes, the ye olde good days. Now jump back to the present as we introduce Sophie and Stu...schoolmates and gaming friends aiming to take down Morgana (virtually) while navigating the murky waters of growing up, which pretty much includes the same harbored issues as that duo of old. Not much has changed between the then and now, until an unexpected turn of events that just might leave HISTORY CHANGED FOREVER! That's right...we're talking no King Arthur, no conquering of the Saxons, no PEPPERONI PIZZA! WTH! All for the lure of 21st Century advantages and the blabbermouth that is Google spilling the beans on the unfortunate outcome of Arthur's future. I mean, you can't blame him for wanting a better life, but yet you can because while you lose the bad, you also lose all the GOOD and which outweighs which in the end? I guess we'll just have to depend on Arthur taking the noble high road...right? I mean he IS a teen, it's not like self-absorbance would be anything new.... *-*
All in all, it was a great mix of legend and gaming allowing readers of a new generation a loophole into the intriguing mysteries of our past and the grand potential of our glorious future....if only SOMEONE is brave enough to take the chances, risk the risks, ride the stakes, and otherwise go into the challenges we face with eyes wide open, head held high, and not let fear of defeat stop them from taking that first step? I mean if Arthur can do it, and Stu, and Sophie, and even Guinevere to some degree....what's to stop you? Being the first of a planned series, I'm curious to see what the future holds for all our characters...and whether their paths will diverge or intertwine further as the times change.
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