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Reviewed by Jennifer Reinoehl for Readers' Favorite
"Kill Screen" by Benjamin Reeves is about a game designer named Jack whose world is turned on end when he discovers his best friend's suicide. Jack must work through his past to unravel the truth behind the AI that proves to be a menacing opponent. Since Reeves is in the gaming industry, he writes like a gamer which accounts for his first chapters where he spends much time setting up the scene inspiring the character to explore his environment. Once the book gets past this, the action and suspense carry it through to a climatic finale.
I enjoyed reading "Kill Screen". It drew me in so deeply that I ended up burning dinner. There are a few quirks and typos that I felt should have been worked out beforehand and it started a little slowly, which lowered my rating of it. If the author fixed these in a second edition, it would receive five stars because of the entertainment value. It also is well-written structurally, a pleasant surprise in a first novel. This book is more suspense and science fiction with the AI acting in paranormal ways than standard general fiction. If you are the type to enjoy those genres, you will probably like this as well. Gamers and programming geeks should also appreciate the subject matter, but they may not want to read it at night. The entire book keeps you wondering if the AI or Jack will win in the end and lends itself to either a sequel, movie, or, obviously, a video game.