Author: Carrie Vaughn
Publisher: John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books
Released: June 22, 2021
Fans of Carrie Vaughn and games should rejoice, as the two merge beautifully for Questland. This is her latest novel, one that is fun, chaotic (in the best ways), and full of that iconic RPG aesthetic.
Dr. Addie Cox is a literature professor, and she loves her job. She loves everything about her quiet life. So she certainly never expected to be approached with a job offer from somebody like Harris Lang – an extremely wealthy tech genius.
Yet, that is the turn her life has just taken. She’s been tasked with entering a secluded island, one full of experimental tech. Tech that is specially designed to mimic a fantasy world that gamers would give anything to dive in. That’s the goal, after all.
Only, something has gone wrong, and apparently, Addie Cox is one of the few people who actually stand a chance of getting onto the island alive. Insula Mirabilis here we come.
“Fantasy is about what you can’t patent. Honor and heroism and… and… hope.”
Picture D&D fantasy meeting Jurassic Park, and you’ll find Questland happily tucked into the folds of that merger. This is a wild ride, one that is full of intrigue and some very iconic vibes, which I couldn’t get enough of.
I’ll confess that it did take me a little bit of time to get into Addie’s character. Her personality is a quiet one, and it shows. Yet once I found myself connected to her story and everything happening around her, I was sold.
Actually, I take back my earlier comparison. On further thought, it would be more accurate to say that this novel is the child of Ready Player One and Jurassic Park. There’s a lot of chaos, running, and so many references and fun tropes.
If that is the sort of book that you enjoy diving into, then you’re absolutely going to adore Questland. If that isn’t your cup of tea…well, at least you know what to expect! Still, it was a fun read, one that I’m happy to have picked.
Thanks to John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.