“REAMDE” is one of the latest novels by Neal Stephenson. It’s obviously a typo of README, which is the typical documentation file, that you will find in many software packages. In this thriller a former World of Warcraft addict creates his own World of Warcraft-like game called T’Rain. World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) by the way.
Hackers try to take advantage of the T’Rain fans by creating the REAMDE virus, which targets T’Rain. This virus encrypts files on the player’s computer and asks for money in exchange for the encryption password. By accident Russian mobsters lose access to their files too. They are extremely upset about it and an adventure starts that goes back and forth between such exotic places like China and Canada.
The story is exciting from the beginning to the end. The author has an innovative way of looking at the world of massively multiplayer online role-playing games. I found the descriptions of the two main game story writers very funny. It makes you wonder how much of that is autobiographical.
If you are not into online gaming, you might find some bits tedious.
It’s a very big book. Literally. I don’t think it’s very convenient to carry it around, if you were so inclined. It might have been better to split the book into two or maybe even three pieces.
Five stars out of five without question with some very minor negative points.
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