Book Review: Fair Game by: Taylor Keating

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Tor Books

Publish Date: August 28, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Mass Market Paperback

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Synopsis: Video-game designer River Weston has seen her world torn apart. The streets of Earth have filled with looting, sickness, and fighting, but River knows that she is in a unique position to help. Drawing on her Fae magic, she creates a computer-generated program called Hollow Man, designed to protect humans during battle.

Worlds away, Guardian Chase Hawkins has finally returned to his own body after years of astral projection. His mission now that he’s back: retrieve River, who is walking a dark path without even knowing it, and strip her world of the technology that has brought it to ruin.

Hawk and his team arrive on Earth only to discover that River’s new computer program endangers the world all on its own. An old human virus has resurrected and mutated with a computer virus inside of Hollow Man, and it’s spreading uncontrollably. Hawk is convinced it’s too late to save Earth…but River isn’t ready to give up hope yet.

River and Hawk find themselves on opposing sides, yet drawn together stronger than ever before. But a future with both of them in it could mean walking paths darker than either of them could ever have imagined.

Review: ‘Fair Game’ is the third book in the series featuring River Weston and Chase Hawkins. The story picks up where the second book left off – Chase Hawkins is back on the Guardian world and River is still on Earth trying to create new technology to help the world and its inhabitants. Yet something new is going on with River’s tech and Chase is sent to Earth with a Guardian team to “defuse” the world. This means stripping away all technology, but things aren’t going to be so easy for Chase or River. They have enemies at every turn and River is fighting not to give into the temptation of darkness…

‘Fair Game’ makes the most of the characters the author has created. You know easily who the good guys and the bad guys are and yet there are some distinct gray areas the characters traverse. River and Chase finally meet in their true flesh and they are connected at the deepest soul level. I enjoyed ‘Fair Game’ and if this is the last book in River and Chase’s adventures, I’d be satisfied with how everything turned out. However, this book didn’t seem to come as alive for me as the first two, especially the first book. I like this series and I hope the author has much more to bring us in the future, whether in this series or new adventures. 

Guardian series: Game Over (1), Mind Games (2), Fair Game (3)


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