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You

By Austin Grossman
Read by Will Collyer

Mulholland Books 9780316198530
13.26 Hours Unabridged
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When Russell joins Black Arts games, brainchild of two visionary designers who were once his closest friends, he reunites with an eccentric crew of nerds hacking the frontiers of both technology and entertainment. In part, he's finally given up chasing the conventional path that has always seemed just out of reach. But mostly, he needs to know what happened to Simon, his strangest and most gifted friend, who died under mysterious circumstances soon after Black Arts' breakout hit. As the company's revolutionary next-gen game is threatened by a software glitch, Russell finds himself in a race to save his job, Black Arts' legacy, and the people he has grown to care about. The deeper Russell digs, the more dangerous the glitch appears -- and soon, Russell comes to realize there's much more is at stake than just one software company's bottom line.

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Summary

Summary

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2013

When Russell joins Black Arts games, brainchild of two visionary designers who were once his closest friends, he reunites with an eccentric crew of nerds hacking the frontiers of both technology and entertainment. In part, he's finally given up chasing the conventional path that has always seemed just out of reach. But mostly, he needs to know what happened to Simon, his strangest and most gifted friend, who died under mysterious circumstances soon after Black Arts' breakout hit.

As the company's revolutionary next-gen game is threatened by a software glitch, Russell finds himself in a race to save his job, Black Arts' legacy, and the people he has grown to care about. The deeper Russell digs, the more dangerous the glitch appears -- and soon, Russell comes to realize there's much more is at stake than just one software company's bottom line.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

You confirms Grossman’s status as a major talent.…A novel that both uplifts and entertains, and reframes the world we live in and the things we do in it.” Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Homeland
Imaginative. Achingly real. An admirable addition to the genre. The New York Times Book Review
“Some of the most startling, acute writing on video games yet essayed.” Harper’s
You isn't just for nostalgic gamers: beneath the techno-mystery is a story about friendship imbued with heart and compassion, a soul that surfaces like a secret glitch from the depths of its code.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“Sleek techno-brilliance with heart.” Library Journal
“A celebration of video games and their creators.” Booklist (starred review)
“Grossman’s imagination is fertile.” Kirkus Reviews
You is every bit as fun as you hope it’s going to be, and also much more.…Full of wit, ingenuity, and nostalgia—a meditation on what it means to be the hero of the game.” Charles Yu, author of How to Life Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
“A brilliant, incisive, and very funny journey through the adolescence of the computer game industry, delving with wit and charm into the fascinating question of exactly whose story is being told.” Max Barry, author of Jennifer Government and Machine Man

Reviews

Reviews

by Samuel 9/13/2017
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A story of software development, friendship, and meaning

I enjoyed Grossman’s superhero debut Soon I Will Be Invincible, and was looking forward to seeing what the past several years has done to develop Grossman’s authorial talents. As a software engineer myself, the idea of large software projects taking on lives of their own, mysterious glitches, the intrigue of lost, forgotten code emerging from the dark, is right up my alley, and I did very much enjoy this one; both as a “software engineer by day” who has worked for quite a long time in a big software project release environment, and as a gamer, this one really was quite fantastic: with apologies to Jonathan Coulton, this is what it feels like to write software for a living. I think some of the range of responses to this book comes from the book being pitched a bit as something that it wasn’t. Taken as what it was, and (again) as someone who writes and tests big software projects for a living, and grew up playing a lot of games similar to those that are featured in You, I loved it. If you go into it thinking it is going to be an AI thriller of international high stakes game development gone wrong, well then, you‘ve been sent down the wrong path. (For that, might I recommend Richard Dansky’s Vaporware, which is also more complex than that but also does have that? In fact, how about this: a reading list for gamers: Joel Rosenberg’s Guardians of the Flame series, Yahtzee Croshaw’s Mogworld, Stephenson’s The Big U and Reamde, Lev Grossman’s Codex, J.L. Hilton’s Stellarnet Rebel, Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, Scott Meyer’s Off to Be the Wizard, and (of course) Austin Grossman’s You and Richard Dansky’s Vaporware. With two bonus levels, one for programmers, Douglas Coupland’s Microserfs, and one about the history of Dungeons & Dragons, David M. Ewalt’s Of Dice and Men.)

Author

Author Bio: Austin Grossman

Author Bio: Austin Grossman

Austin Grossman is a video game design consultant and the author of Soon I Will Be Invincible, which was nominated for the 2007 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize. His writing has appeared in Granta, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 13.26
Audience: Adult
Language: English