I am sleepless: Sim299 by Johan Twiss

Sim 299 (Book 1)
Johan Twiss
October 27, 2015

The planet Ethos is at war with a mysterious enemy known as the Splicers. Their only successful defense is the Prime Initiative. All newborns with the compatible genetic code are taken from their families and injected with the Prime Stimulus. Each child that survives the stimulus develops an extraordinary ability and is conscripted into the military for training.

After turning twelve, Aidan is moved to the upper-class at the Mount Fegorio training complex. His special gifts allow him unprecedented success in the virtual training simulations, advancing him further than any prime cadet in history. No one knows what lies after sim 299, not even Director Tuskin, the ruthless and reclusive ruler of their planet. But something, or someone, has been guiding Aidan there. If he can pass the final tests, he may discover the key to ending the Splicer War.

The story situates to alien planets where different races are in war. It’s good, that author have included drawings of them and list of their abilities at the end of the book. And more specific, the story is about young people military school, where those students will be trained in virtual environments to be soldiers. That’s Sim299, where they somehow hack in. Kind of Matrix type of environment.

The book answers questions, why they are in war and for what they are trained to fight and that’s make the story clear.

Obviously they have to beat the enemies in that virtual environment and that’s needs three friends to act together. Somehow, the school director seems to be bad guy, so they have to beat him as well.

It was entertaining reading and the book was in right size, so it didn’t get bored. However, all the time I had impression that ideas are copied from somewhere. Author had promised that there will be sequels to this book, so this seems to be the first book of series. Worth to read and I will rate it four stars.