You by Austin Grossman

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Readers interested in software and game design will find some reward in Russell's reflections about life as a game designer, but these reflections...saturate the plot, turning a neat science-fiction short story into a haphazard novel.
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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.
 

About Austin Grossman

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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.
 
Published April 16, 2013 by Mulholland Books. 379 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Apr 15 2013

Readers interested in software and game design will find some reward in Russell's reflections about life as a game designer, but these reflections...saturate the plot, turning a neat science-fiction short story into a haphazard novel.

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Above average
Reviewed by Josh Visser on May 31 2013

...Grossman’s descriptions will set off a wave of nostalgia from anyone that ever picked up a Computer Gaming World in the mid-’90s.

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