Bookish Wednesday: The Trapped Mind Project by Michael Chatfield

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’ve got another LitRPG series. It’s The Trapped Mind Project, Book 01 of the Emerilia series, by Michael Chatfield!

Plot Synopsis: Austin Zane leaves behind his CEO position with RB Corp to play Dave, a half-dwarf in the Virtual reality game Emerilia, trying to escape his life.  What Dave doesn’t know is that Earth as he knows it, is really a virtual reality simulation and Emerilia is a world imbued with futuristic technologies to mimic early MMORPG’s. He just wanted peace and quiet, to build a house, do some fishing, to take some time to find himself once again….

Plot: The plot is pretty damn great, it really throws the whole basket of LitRPG plot devices on it’s head. I won’t spoil the story, but I was very happy to listen to this book and couldn’t wait for more. There are a couple points that come up that I think really should have been addressed, but overall I really enjoyed this book.

Characters: Dave is an awesome lead, but my favorite character has to be Bob. He’s just so irreverent that I absolute love it. The rest of the cast is great as well, with all the characters being pretty fleshed out, especially given how many there are.

Overall: An excellent book and one of the better LitRPGs.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.


8 thoughts on “Bookish Wednesday: The Trapped Mind Project by Michael Chatfield

  1. Finished AO, let’s just say I predicted 80% of what happened before it happened, but I can see how people would enjoy the escalation. You reckon this would come next or is there something between the two?

  2. Hmm, rather than say that AO is my gold standard I’d say it’s my silver standard, approaching gold. Other series that approach gold are, World Seed (For the humor value), LMS for the sheer ridiculousness of everything, and AO for the action. Emerilia is another silver approaching gold due to the plot. I haven’t found a worthy series of me calling it the gold standard for LitRPGs.

    • But “approaching gold” is the best so far, being AO for action, World Seed for humor, LMS for ridiculousness and Emerilia for plot? Considering I’m not a fan of comedy books I guess Emerilia is the closest to silver medal as far as that goes.

      • If you like Sanderson and Butcher’s Dresden series I would suggest trying Heroes Die by Matthew Stover, all the epiness and action of Sanderson but with the first person voice of Butcher, plus the first book can act as a standalone.

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