Gaming is one of the most popular ways to relax, have fun, and make friends, especially nowadays when online gaming communities keep growing with each day that passes. In “Doubt,” the first book in the “Among Us” trilogy, such games play a much more important role: they bring the characters together, providing them with a common goal and a common mission.
Harry Doubt is a skilled programmer and creator of the online game “Truth Seekers.” He and his friend, Claire, have always been considered geeky and weird by those around them, yet there’s more to them than meets the eye. When Harry’s mother goes missing while doing volunteer work on a peacekeeping mission in Palestine, he decides to do anything he can in order to find her. All his gaming friends join him, thinking that they will discover what has happened to their own missing relatives and friends. However, things get even more complicated during the mission after the “Truth Seekers” start to doubt that their lives are real. As they approach the end of their journey, paranormal forces interfere, setting into motion a chain of events which will change completely the characters’ lives and worldview.
“Doubt” combines several genres – paranormal, mystery, thriller, dystopian -, offering the readers an occasion to enter the world of the supernatural and to learn more about how it interferes with the apparently ordinary lives of young people. Anne-Rae Vasquez’s writing style is simply captivating: the narration flows easily and the story is so intriguing that the readers will find themselves simply engrossed in it.
The characters are well-built and unique, and as the story progresses, they grow and develop as well. The author keeps you guessing as to how the story will unfold and what are the characters’ true motivations, rendering the novel all the more engaging. Although “Doubt” has to do with the online gaming industry, the readers don’t have to know a lot about it in order to understand and to enjoy the novel.
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