Zero Sum Game - Book 2 of the Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventures

 
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Zero Sum Game - Book 2 of the Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventures
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Age Group
13+
Published Date
December 11, 2018
ISBN Number
978-1612941417
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Zero Sum Game finds our high-flying lesbionic brainiac Sid Rubin and her unlikely posse of friends grounded, with wings clipped from their live-action-role playing misadventures. To break out of parental jail, Sid, Jimmy, Imani, Ari and Vikram enter a school robotics competition. But just as things get interesting, Vik learns that his super-star status and hard-won trophies from the frantic online game Contagion have been stolen.

"Faut pas toucher mes amis. You do not mess with my friends."

Watching Vik fall apart, Sid is determined to track down the trophy thief, no matter how much late-night gaming and sleuthing it takes. Sid and the gang join newcomer Ze to chase ghosts and trawl dungeons in a frenzied race against time to not just save Vik's bevy of stolen gaming goods, but also the life of a teenage gamer held hostage.

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Whew! Her latest heart-thumping adventure left me winded.
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"I crack my knuckles and shake out my fingers. To quote The Grey, 'Once more into the fray.'"

Sidonie Rubin . . . ahem . . . Sid, is at it again! This time, she's plunging into another game. One not of the live action variety, but one that still affects actual lives.

"I know, deep down, even if I suck, even if I hate this game, I want to be part of the action"

Following the mysterious loss of Vikram's entire inventory on a game known as CONTAGION, Sid is determined to avenge her friend's cyber violation. But as her decision goes viral among her friends, she quickly learns that this is more than a hacking job. A mystery wrapped in life and death becomes the new stakes.

"But I ask you, is anything ever really easy-peasy?"

For Sid Rubin, no. Nothing is ever easy and it will take all her brains, geekism, and silvered-rambling tongue to achieve what feels like an endless conveyor belt of drama. Among friends. Among love interests. Among like-minded gamers who are determined to solve the giant question mark behind one random clue: a Chineese mah-jongg tile.

I absolutely LOVE the "Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventure" series and ZERO SUM GAME delivers. Not only do I adore Sid's geeky brain and ramblings exceedingly, I completely appreciate how LGBTG+ and racial diversity themes are presented with authentic #ownvoice eloquence and seamlessly so. There is no glaring spotlight on ideas and conversations. Rather, they are beautifully blended into the storyline in a way that pops and shines all its own. Brilliant!

I can't wait for book 3! But, I'm sure Sid needs a rest. Goodness. Her latest heart-thumping adventure left me winded.

"It's official. My brain has oxidized. My rust is showing."

Nah, Sid. You're one intelligent lady. Recharge, though. I have a feeling your next adventure is going to leave me equally as breathless.
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* Geeky, rambling YA inner-narrative
* #OwnVoice LGBTQ+
* Treating the reader intelligently
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