First off - you don't need to be a "gamer" to love this book. I am not a "gamer" in that I know nothing about coding/developing games, never played games like WoW etc. But I loved this book. You may not be able to relate to the gaming aspect, but there so many other themes and messages that are so very relatable. Destiny was a young, confident and ambitious girl doing amazing things in the male-dominated gaming world when she was kidnapped and tortured by guys who believe the gaming world is not a place for females. Several years later the drugs are the only thing helping her survive and briefly block her horrific nightmares. I loved Dez. I felt so much for her and what she went through, but she was so much stronger than what she thought and just needed someone to accept her for who she had become, flaws and all. Enter Chance. He is not your typical hero, but not is he one of the greats! So supportive and understanding of what Dez needs, so damn patient going at her pace and not expecting anything more, but also flawed with his own hang ups. I loved their friendship as it was so real and honest and *them*, and watching them overcome obstacles and the progression of their relationship was beautiful. I loved their Flawed team and how supportive, loyal and united they are. Can't wait for the next book and hopefully a lot more of these characters!!
Wow, what an amazing story about flaws and the everyday issues people face. There were lots of darker issues addressed within this book such as cyber bullying, abduction, rape; addictions such as drugs, alcohol and sex.
Chance is a game developer who want to create a game for everyone both male and female. Destiny is is a coding genius who loves gaming, she lives for it.
Destiny is 17yr old who writes a blog about the gaming world along with her views on the way females are portrayed in games, she also does jobs for some gaming companies to help develop their games and make them better. Not eveyone is thinks it is ok for women to have a say or even play in the gaming world and the ones that believe this abduct Destiny keep hostage for 2weeks. Move forward 3yrs. The abduction that Destiny (aka Dez) survived has impacted significantly, she can’t stand to be touched by anoyne or bring herself to touch anyone without having a fashback and a panic attact, she struggles to hold a job as to just get throught the day she keeps herself high as a kite.
Chance has put everything he is (both personally and money wise) into his gaming company in the hopes of creating the perfect game but he needs to have all his developers in the same place so he needs to have a network set up in one locations so that it will be easier to finish. By chance he comes accross Dez working at Home Depo and she recommends a friend to set him up but it turns out that Dez is the one to help. Chance offers Dez a deal if she can set up his network he will give her a place to stay and food plus pay, Chance also notices that Dez has issues and gives her everything she needs wheater it be drugs for her addiction, someone to talk to or just a reason to live.
Chance is just what Dez needs to live again, he gives her a reason and purpose to start to live life. He respects her boundaries and issues and doesn’t push her over her limits, he is able to gain her trust and love which is a hard feat for anyone to getclose with everything Dez has endured. Dez is alo the one to help Chance with his own flaws. The love and trust that Dez and Chance have towards eachother is amazing. I loved reading their story and all the challenges they faced.
You don’t need to be a gamer to be able to enjoy this story and the amazing characters. With all the issues and problem that are talked about in this story is what makes it relatable as these issues are occurring all the time in people’s everyday lives. You will feel for these characters and everything that has happened to them.
Such a brilliantly written book that had me loving every moment.
Interesting read - I can't say 'enjoyable' because it was quite dark and twisted, touching on a lot of very sensitive topics such as rape, assault, substance abuse and addiction (in various forms). Flawed was well written and had good character development. My only issue was the ending. While part of a series this was marketed as a standlone novel. This is my problem - there was a massive ramp up, pulling all of the issues together and leading in a direction of resolution for Dez, but then it fizzled. There was a minor altercation but nothing like we'd been led to believe based on the rest of the novel. While this would work in a series, it didn't adequately close out a standalone novel well enough to rate 5 stars. I also found it too convenient that Dez and Chance are both suddenly 'clean' of their addictions without any relapse or withdrawals - it wasn't realistic. Otherwise it was an interesting genre (girl gamers and the issues the online gaming society has with them - leading to more than cyber bullying) that I hadn't read much of previously.
I picked this book after reading the Iliri books (if you haven’t read them go get them NOW) and hey, I’m seriously into gaming, so was interested to see how it would read. I was totally blown by the depth of the MC, and it’s not just about gaming, the story is thrilling and the writers go into scary detail, not only about being female and breaking into what was considered a male dominated area (been gaming for over 25 yrs, so I know a bit about it), but also the heart breaking hardships and trauma the MC has been through. This book was powerful in it’s delivery and it won’t disappoint, definitely a great read.
This story hits hard - dealing with traumatic events and understanding how some people cope with the aftermath. I love the gravity even the small steps forward are given, and how it allows the reader to know exactly what the cost those baby steps forward is - very well written.
Certainly a story with ups and downs, a sad beginning. Unfortunately it is all to believable that males exist who will not tolerate females doing anything they think is only for males. Nice to see the good guys step up and look after each other.
Borrowed through KU library: OMG - this is a fabulous story, it is gritty, barefaced and real love. I am not a gamer and so put off reading this for a while even though I have loved everything else Auryn Hadley had published. This is a quality story, but as it quantifies it may have triggers in it for some people. I skipped over the technical speak but appreciate how it seemed to be accurate or well researched and it did not detract from my enjoyment. I have already borrowed book two and three from Kindle Unlimited and am planning on starting them next. It reads as though it could easily be read as a standalone, but am looking forward to seeing some references of the characters throughout this book.
I loved Auryn's ROTI series so I thought I'll try this even though I know nothing about the online gaming world. Even though there are a lot of 'gaming' world references and descriptions, Auryn still manages to create a story where I was still able to follow along without feeling lost with all the technical jargon. She even manages to provide me with an insight into the obsession within this world and have piqued my interest. Even though the story covers disturbing and all too real issues, the overall effect did not leave me feeling down. I loved the Main Character's brokenness, vulnerability and also strength. Another well written book by Auryn that I could not put down and am still thinking about days after.