The Game Master

The Game Master


Children - Preteen
228 Pages
Reviewed on 10/22/2015
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Author Biography

British by birth and an avid young reader, Ian Copsey had early aspirations as an author but realised the need to support a family. He has spent 27 years living in Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan, where he now lives) gaining understanding of cultures and how, at a basic level, we are all similar at our core.

He enjoys observing how apparent different cultures are really much the same, their beliefs coming from a similar source but expressed in a different "language." My writing reflects my observations and I attempt to provide an alternative perspective that can be thought provoking but within an entertaining and humorous tale.

How do children learn to perceive the world around them? What makes us so different? Why do we think differently? How or what, when we are growing up from being a baby to an adult, shapes our ideas, thoughts and ways of doing things? There are many reasons. Some are positive and some are not. The Game Master will provide a rib-tickling tale that will have young readers enthralled.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

In The Game Master by Ian D. Copsey, Josh is a mild-mannered kid who’s trying to fit in with everyone as best as he can. In order not to be picked on or bullied, Josh befriended the least aggressive of the troublemakers, Alex. Alex always wins in video games, so Josh looked up on the internet on how to beat him. When he did, Alex accuses him of cheating and Josh obviously denies it. They agree on a new game to settle their bet to declare the best gamer. A mysterious shopkeeper, who calls himself The Game Master, suggests the virtual reality role playing game called The Game of Life to the boys.

The name itself is clearly self-explanatory. The Game of Life is not like any typical combat, sword-fighting game, but it encompasses the player’s life itself. Josh is the first one who realizes this when he ‘wakes up’ after getting hurt in a football game during P.E. There are ‘lights’ to indicate the level of a player’s happiness, thoughts, mood, behavior, confidence, creativity and well being. I’m an avid Sims player, and these features remind me of my favorite simulation game.

The characters are relatable and well-developed. I do know boys like Josh and Alex, and I bet other readers will too. Fun and adventurous, The Game Master is also charming, imaginative, humorous and yet very relevant in terms of cultivating ethical values in the younger generation. On the whole, young and older readers will find this book worth reading.