The LitRPG genre has been on the rise in the west since the 2010s. One of the first books published under this genre by a New Zealand author was Stuck in the Game by Christopher Keene in 2016. It has since gone on to become the five-book Dream State Saga series, with the last book set to be released in the coming year. In anticipation of the release of the finale of the Dream State Saga, Future House Publishing, an American-based publisher, is relaunching the original Stuck in the Game book with edits made to sync it with updates made later in the series, along with new scenes and cover art.
The book follows Noah. After a devastating car crash leaves him paralyzed, Noah is forced inside the Dream State game, an MMORPG he swore he would never play after he’d lost his friends to the addictive virtual world. The Dream State not only provides a connection with the outside world but also keeps his brain awake long enough for his body to heal. Dying in the game, however, could send Noah into a coma forever. To stay safe, he must remain in the lower levels, far away from the most dangerous monsters and players.
Meanwhile, doctors grow concerned when Noah’s girlfriend, Sue—who also sustained serious injuries in the crash—seemingly fails to connect to the game. When a mysterious avatar suggests to Noah that the last remnants of Sue’s consciousness are being held prisoner in the highest level, Noah decides to risk everything to save her.
Leaving the safety of the lower levels, Noah rises through the ranks and enters the most dangerous part of the game, allying with high-level players and unearthing clues to a sinister plot along the way. Now top players from across the world are hunting him.
With his life on the line, can Noah save Sue and uncover the mystery?