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When the Frags escape to the Freelands, they find freedom has its own challenges. Without the familiar rules of LifeGame, Gabby and the Frags stumble from one dangerous Freeland to the next, while conflict in the group threatens to split them up. As the trail to Zaela becomes confused by the looming war, Gabby must reinvent herself or never see her best friend again.


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When the Frags escape to the Freelands, they find freedom has its own challenges. Without the familiar rules of LifeGame, Gabby and the Frags stumble from one dangerous Freeland to the next, while conflict in the group threatens to split them up. As the trail to Zaela becomes confused by the looming war, Gabby must reinvent herself or never see her best friend again.

30 review for Frags

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)

    Frags picks up with Gabby living with the Frags and trying to find out what happens to the contestants that don't beat LifeGame. In particular, she’s trying to find her friend Zaela, who has disappeared without a trace when she did not receive a high score in LifeGame. Now Gabby has become the (reluctant) leader of the Frags, and is leading the effort to find the missing contestants. The journey is long and difficult, and often brings unexpected surprises along the way. With every horrific disco Frags picks up with Gabby living with the Frags and trying to find out what happens to the contestants that don't beat LifeGame. In particular, she’s trying to find her friend Zaela, who has disappeared without a trace when she did not receive a high score in LifeGame. Now Gabby has become the (reluctant) leader of the Frags, and is leading the effort to find the missing contestants. The journey is long and difficult, and often brings unexpected surprises along the way. With every horrific discovery, Gabby seems to get a step further from uncovering the truth behind the disappearances. The only truth she does find leaves her with a broken heart. Frist, I thought the first book-- Gamers-- was awesome. I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, but this one

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andie Alessandra Alessandra

    A gripping dystopian fantasy novel. The Author really uses imagination and creativity to create the world which is eerily something that could potentially hap pen. Out side the scope of the usual books by Carpenter I really enjoyed my foray into Frags and would highly recommend for those looking for something a little different.

  3. 5 out of 5

    KayteReads

    This was weird yet interesting. I enjoyed the twists and turns in this a lot though!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    In full disclosure I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. A big thank you to the author for doing this! **** ½ stars Book two picks up a short time after the end of the first book. Gabby has fled the GSA and joined up with the Frags along with her new friend Mouse. Gabby is determined to find out what happens to those that fail LifeGame, which will allow her to rescue her best friend Zaela. Gabby, Mouse and the Frags hatch a plan to escape from the lands controlled by the GSA and into an area kn In full disclosure I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. A big thank you to the author for doing this! **** ½ stars Book two picks up a short time after the end of the first book. Gabby has fled the GSA and joined up with the Frags along with her new friend Mouse. Gabby is determined to find out what happens to those that fail LifeGame, which will allow her to rescue her best friend Zaela. Gabby, Mouse and the Frags hatch a plan to escape from the lands controlled by the GSA and into an area know as the Freelands, a place made up of many groups who live life free from LifeGame. The group soon discovers that not everyone is friendly in the Freelands and they have to deal with a terrifying religious group that controls its members minds, the dreaded Blood Farm where anyone passing through must pay a Blood Toll, and the all too familiar Game Train where winning games is the only way off. All the while they are pursued by the Coder and his troops who will not allow Gabby and the Frags to escape them. Rumours of the Southland planning on attacking the GSA begin to rise and war seems inevitable, unfortunately the answers to Gabby’s questions seem to lay in that direction. We learn a lot more about the world in this book, most of it about what happens in the Freelands and how the computer systems work throughout the world as a whole. The balance between world building, story and character development is much better in this book and isn’t as crammed as it was in book one. A good understanding of computer systems and computer games certainly helps understand what is going on in this world but probably isn’t essential. You defiantly need to read this series in order and probably in quick succession, as much of the world building expands on what we learn in the first book. The writing style is stronger in this book and it was less confusing than book one. Partly because I have become more used to the worlds language and rules, but also because the descriptions are clearer. There was an overuse of simile in the first few chapters including the bizarre “Gabby had come to despise the hovercraft with guns hanging like dogs in heat.” But the rest of the book has a much better limited use of it. Gabby is great again and her personality is strong and enjoyable. She undergoes quite a development during this book, mostly centered around the fact she becomes a very reluctant leader of the group. The Frags characters are also expanded on during this book and we get to learn a lot more about all of them. They are all are enjoyable to read about Michael who is Gabby’s love interest, the simple-minded but powerful Drogan, Milton with his smart ass comments, the quiet but clever Mouse and the mysterious Celia. Drogan is probably my favourite of the secondary characters despite being having a childish mind his strong personality and good nature shine through. The balance between adventure in the real world and the various virtual ones is perfect and cleverly done. There are several twists at the end of the book; this is excellent as it is unlikely a reader will fully guess all of them. This is a fantastic and original book that is even stronger than the first one and is suitable for fans of fantasy, science-fiction and/or dystopian novels. I would strongly advise anyone getting it to get all three books at once, as both books one and two end on cliffhangers.

  5. 5 out of 5

    David King

    "Frags" by Thomas K. Carpenter is the sequel to "Gamers" a book I have previously read. It continues the entertaining and fast paced adventures of former High School student, Gabby as she attempts to locate her friend Zaela who was taken away at the end of the first novel by the GSA government. Together with the members of Frags, a group of people who have tried to escape the GSA and the LifeGame, they flee into the Freelands. There, they hope that others who have escaped from the GSA will be ab "Frags" by Thomas K. Carpenter is the sequel to "Gamers" a book I have previously read. It continues the entertaining and fast paced adventures of former High School student, Gabby as she attempts to locate her friend Zaela who was taken away at the end of the first novel by the GSA government. Together with the members of Frags, a group of people who have tried to escape the GSA and the LifeGame, they flee into the Freelands. There, they hope that others who have escaped from the GSA will be able to give them information on what happens to those who fail LifeGame and are taken away. However, the Freelands is full if many disparate groups some of whom have no intention of helping any escapees from the GSA. As with “Gamers” some sections of the novel deal with reality whilst others take the reader on a journey through various forms of augmented realities that have been created by the residents of the Freelands. Whilst this may sound like it could get confusing I was happy to observe that the author has done a good job in using Gabby’s thoughts and actions in a manner that ensures the reader is usually aware of what is real and what isn’t. The use of augmented reality has been incorporated very well into the novel to show how the Freelands really does allow people to live in any way they want. The story itself is both entertaining and action packed just like its prequel and I found myself struggling to put it down. One of the best improvements in this novel compared with “Gamers” is that Carpenter has tried to flesh out some of his characters a little bit more which was good to see and I actually began to learn and understand more about each of them. It was easier this time to actually feel something for them and will them on to succeed even with their flaws and imperfections. Another nice aspect of this novel is that Carpenter has ensured that some of the questions raised in “Gamers” are given answers. I don’t know how many times I get irritated about books in a series that just seem to be filler without actually answering anything from previous instalments. The reader doesn’t get an answer to everything though and this along with the cliffhanger ending ensures that I am looking forward to what will be revealed in the next novel. Overall, this is enjoyable instalment in the series and whilst I did note that the book does once again use some rather interesting gaming related slang, this isn’t any different from“Gamers”. Basically if you enjoyed the first novel then you should have no issue with “Frags”.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Noor Jahangir

    Frags is the sequel to Gamers, a book I recently reviewed. It continues to follow the adventures of a former high school student as she traverses a post-apocalyptic dystopian world in search for information that will help her locate her friend, Zaela. Gabby, the heroine of the series and her new friend Mouse have joined the Frags, a disparate group of survivors who operate in the wilderness of the GSA. Together they make a break for the Freelands with the hope that others who have escaped the GS Frags is the sequel to Gamers, a book I recently reviewed. It continues to follow the adventures of a former high school student as she traverses a post-apocalyptic dystopian world in search for information that will help her locate her friend, Zaela. Gabby, the heroine of the series and her new friend Mouse have joined the Frags, a disparate group of survivors who operate in the wilderness of the GSA. Together they make a break for the Freelands with the hope that others who have escaped the GSA have information on what happens to those who fail in the LifeGame. Gabby sums up this book early on with a statement, 'This is not LifeGame.' This was a big concern for me because I enjoyed the freshness and originality of the artifice of LifeGame. I needn't have worried. The cool skin-web can be upgraded with whatever interface is used in any particular area of the Freelands. The downside is that you have to accept the rules and the reality of each area and as such Gabby and the Frags are constantly running into trouble. The writing is actually a little stronger than the original and the characters are strange and diverse enough to keep the book interesting. Take example the Collector, a man who runs the Game Train, which runs across the length of the Freelands but to ride it you must strike a bargain with the Collector and play the games. If you win, you get off at your stop. If you don't, well, its time to pay the Collector his due. This is a solid 4 stars and I highly recommend the series to young adults and fans of steam and cyberpunk.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Meaghan R. (YA-aholic)

    i received this book as a consolation for the first book. i was really unhappy with the writing in Gamers and wanted a refund. to my surprise, the author contacted me, offering just that, and apologized, but said he has taken steps to improve his writing in the second book. i thought it would be better to give this book a chance than to get a refund for the first book...i mean, hey, what better praise for a novel can you get, than winning over someone that couldn't stand the first one? while i ha i received this book as a consolation for the first book. i was really unhappy with the writing in Gamers and wanted a refund. to my surprise, the author contacted me, offering just that, and apologized, but said he has taken steps to improve his writing in the second book. i thought it would be better to give this book a chance than to get a refund for the first book...i mean, hey, what better praise for a novel can you get, than winning over someone that couldn't stand the first one? while i have come across a few inconsistencies already, they don't seem to be as prevalent as they were in the first book. fingers crossed this holds up and that i didn't jusr jinx it!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina Riley

    Frags was a perfect sequel to Gamers. Without giving away spoilers to either this book, or its prequel, Frags follows the main character, Gabby, and a group of other, extremely interesting kids who have a mission to complete in order to save one of their own. The creativity in this story is great, and the description will put you right in the middle of the story. I love that the main character remains true to her character, regardless of the crazy hurdles and plot twists that get dropped on her al Frags was a perfect sequel to Gamers. Without giving away spoilers to either this book, or its prequel, Frags follows the main character, Gabby, and a group of other, extremely interesting kids who have a mission to complete in order to save one of their own. The creativity in this story is great, and the description will put you right in the middle of the story. I love that the main character remains true to her character, regardless of the crazy hurdles and plot twists that get dropped on her along the way. The ending is good; a cliffhanger and an obvious transition to the final book, Coders, but is an ending in and of itself. I'll be getting Coders immediately. :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    This was a GoodReads First Reads book giveaway. When I read the first book in this series (Gamers) I found that there was very little in the way of character or plot development. The story was too fast paced and I was not able to get a good handle on the setting. Frags kicked the plot up to an even more hectic pace... and not in a good way. The story raced along and my interest level dropped lower and lower. I don't care about the characters. A cliffhanger is not enough to induce me to read the n This was a GoodReads First Reads book giveaway. When I read the first book in this series (Gamers) I found that there was very little in the way of character or plot development. The story was too fast paced and I was not able to get a good handle on the setting. Frags kicked the plot up to an even more hectic pace... and not in a good way. The story raced along and my interest level dropped lower and lower. I don't care about the characters. A cliffhanger is not enough to induce me to read the next book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    Frags is a has a very different feel than Gamers, the first book, but it is just as gripping and exciting. As with the first book, the parallels with the "Pretties" series continue to be apparent, but this book is different and unique. Be aware that there are some pretty heavy/touchy topics addressed in the book, and the somewhat perverted character from the first book is even more so in this book. That aside, the story is exciting, entertaining, and quite surprising, with many unexpected twists an Frags is a has a very different feel than Gamers, the first book, but it is just as gripping and exciting. As with the first book, the parallels with the "Pretties" series continue to be apparent, but this book is different and unique. Be aware that there are some pretty heavy/touchy topics addressed in the book, and the somewhat perverted character from the first book is even more so in this book. That aside, the story is exciting, entertaining, and quite surprising, with many unexpected twists and turns.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Dyer-Jester

  12. 5 out of 5

    Wulff

  13. 4 out of 5

    J.C. Andrijeski

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joan Johnson

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  16. 5 out of 5

    Travis

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer L Juenger

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

  19. 5 out of 5

    Seth

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dee Schaedler

  21. 5 out of 5

    Patty

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

  23. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Wynkoop

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gwynne Eldridge

  25. 5 out of 5

    VelvetShadows

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ashalyn

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kat

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stormy Rogers

  29. 4 out of 5

    Grant Lambert

  30. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Carpenter

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