Ascending the Boneyard

Finished Ascending the Boneyard by CG Watson.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Donnie Darko meets The Matrix in this mind-bending and captivating mystery about one teen’s surreal experiences after surviving a major trauma.

Everything’s a battle.

Sometimes life gets too real, and Caleb Tosh has taken one hit too many. First, there was the accident that changed everything for Tosh’s younger brother. Now his mom has left. All the pain, the grief and loss, have finally pushed Tosh over the edge.

If only he could have a do-over. Wipe his reality. Start fresh. Maybe he could fix all of his mistakes and everything would be different. Tosh immerses himself in the complex missions from the game he obsessively plays, The Boneyard. The game bleeds into the dark nature of his everyday life, folding reality into surreality until it’s impossible to separate one from the other. Tosh is desperate to Ascend, to reach the next level, to become Worthy.

Readers are brought on a one-of-a-kind, absorbing journey where no one can say what is real and what isn’t—right up until the shocking, yet deeply powerful conclusion.”

I really wanted to like this novel but couldn’t do it.  I think there’s definitely an audience for it (more video gaming crowd than the “Yay Donnie Darko!” crowd would be my guess).

I didn’t really like Tosh or feel like I got into his head as a character.  Everyone seemed fairly one dimensional, and while the concept is absolutely fantastic, the execution was really flawed (at least to me).

The fault could definitely be mine and there’s a huge chance that if I were more into video games, I would’ve loved this book.

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