Trapped in a Video Game
Jesse Rigsby hates video games—and for good reason. You see, a video game character is trying to kill him. After getting sucked in the new game Full Blast with his friend Eric, Jesse starts to see the appeal of vaporizing man-size praying mantis while cruising around by jet pack. But pretty soon, a mysterious figure begins following Eric and Jesse, and they discover they can't leave the game. If they don't figure out what's going on fast, they'll be trapped for good!

Trapped in a Video Game Details

TitleTrapped in a Video Game
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 5th, 2016
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action, Fiction

Trapped in a Video Game Review

  • Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary |
    January 1, 1970
    This was actually a lot more interesting than I thought it was going to be. I started the book with my 8 year old as a random grab for bedtime reading, and was quite surprised.Trapped in a Video Game was a well-written, engaging story for 8-10 year old readers. The language is age appropriate. While there is violence, it is kept very much at the basic video game level. There is no blood or guts or anything like that. When characters die they reset to the beginning of the level. And the concept This was actually a lot more interesting than I thought it was going to be. I started the book with my 8 year old as a random grab for bedtime reading, and was quite surprised.Trapped in a Video Game was a well-written, engaging story for 8-10 year old readers. The language is age appropriate. While there is violence, it is kept very much at the basic video game level. There is no blood or guts or anything like that. When characters die they reset to the beginning of the level. And the concept is just fun. I mean, who hasn’t imagined that they could be in their favorite book or movie? Taking it one step further to a video game isn’t hard at all. I giggled at the Super Mario bit involved.Even with that assurance of safety, though, Trapped in a Video Game still does manage to introduce an element to keep the tension up. The characters are safe from permanent harm, but sometimes that’s not enough, as they quickly find out.The two main characters are young boys. The way they interact with each other is very believable. They are very different in personality. One is very take charge and whoop it up, whereas the other is much more goal-oriented and serious. They don’t exactly make a great team most of the time, but that’s what adds some of the realism. There is a third character that is featured briefly. I would assume book two deals with what happens to him. I have to say I’m honestly curious, too. Kudos to Dustin Brady for keeping even my interest!I think Trapped in a Video Game is a book that is definitely tailored for today’s kids. It stimulates the imagination, both during reading the book and afterwards. It’s adventurous, well thought out, and a fun book to read with your child. Or to let them read on their own.
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  • iamGamz
    January 1, 1970
    Awesooommmeee!!Read this with my grandson over Easter weekend and we both LOVED it! It was different, exciting and so much fun!It tells the story of 6th grader Jesse who finds himself and his best friend Eric trapped in a video game. They have to save the earth from aliens that has invaded the Earth. What should have been a simple video game mission turned really dangerous when a game glitch causes a self protection program to try killing Jesse and Eric. We had a wonderful time reading this Awesooommmeee!!Read this with my grandson over Easter weekend and we both LOVED it! It was different, exciting and so much fun!It tells the story of 6th grader Jesse who finds himself and his best friend Eric trapped in a video game. They have to save the earth from aliens that has invaded the Earth. What should have been a simple video game mission turned really dangerous when a game glitch causes a self protection program to try killing Jesse and Eric. We had a wonderful time reading this book. I highly recommend if you have a 7 year old boy who is always begging to play video games in your life. It's an excellent distraction from the actual games!
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    Copy provided by the publisherJesse is not a fan of video games, but his best friend Eric is obsessed with Full Blast, an alien invasion game that a classmate's father has provided to some of the boys in his son Chris's class. While looking for Eric, Jesse comes upon the game on the television in Eric's basement, and gets sucked into the game! His right hand is replaced by a blaster, and he and Eric have to play the game. As the game proceeds, they find out that a boy who has gone missing in Copy provided by the publisherJesse is not a fan of video games, but his best friend Eric is obsessed with Full Blast, an alien invasion game that a classmate's father has provided to some of the boys in his son Chris's class. While looking for Eric, Jesse comes upon the game on the television in Eric's basement, and gets sucked into the game! His right hand is replaced by a blaster, and he and Eric have to play the game. As the game proceeds, they find out that a boy who has gone missing in their neighborhood has also been sucked into the game, and they discover that there is a significant bug in the programming that they have to figure out how to fix the game before they are stuck as well. Of course, since this is the first in a five book series, we know that further adventures await the boys. A short lesson at the back of the book on computer coding and how games are put together is interesting. Strengths: This was about the length of a Jake Maddox sports book, and shares a similiar font size, amount of illustrations, and level of reading difficulty. The story moves along quickly, and Jake and Eric are sympathetic characters. Readers who enjoy video games but who are not strong enough readers for Anderson's fantastic Insert Coin to Continue will adore these books. Weaknesses: This title is not year listed on Follett, and is published in paperback. While it would make a great gift for a reluctant reader or an addition to a classroom library, it wouldn't hold up to the circulation it would see in my building without being available in prebind.What I really think: This is a great choice for readers who are interested in video games but not terribly interested in reading. My students who pick up Patton's Battle Bugs book would be all over this. I will definitely keep my eye on this title, but if an Accelerated Reader test is not available for it, I won't purchase.
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  • Lisa Hardaway
    January 1, 1970
    An entertaining read. Enough said.
  • Etienne
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't enjoy it as much as the others readers seem to have, but it definitely not a bad book. It's original, had good action, and may be the kind of the book that will attract boys to reading, and if it does, well it's more then enough to justify it's existence. But for me, I don't know why but I just not get into it, I'm not a big fan of those book based on video game, and I like video game a lot, but I when I play, I love to play, and when I read I read, it's not because I like both of those I didn't enjoy it as much as the others readers seem to have, but it definitely not a bad book. It's original, had good action, and may be the kind of the book that will attract boys to reading, and if it does, well it's more then enough to justify it's existence. But for me, I don't know why but I just not get into it, I'm not a big fan of those book based on video game, and I like video game a lot, but I when I play, I love to play, and when I read I read, it's not because I like both of those activities that I enjoy mixing them up.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I read this to my 4th grade class and I had so many of them beg me to keep reading during read a loud. A few of my boys even ordered their own copy because I wasn’t reading it fast enough! Now they are begging me to get the next book to read to them. I love that they were so excited to read every day and actively listened. Awesome book!
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  • Tesla
    January 1, 1970
    I was inspired to read Trapped in a Video Game by my friend. I thought it was not going to be so interesting, but it was emotional and funny. I was so happy that I could read a book like this, I even wrote a letter to Dustin Brady at school.
  • Danalli Calhoun
    January 1, 1970
    Read this to my 5 year old and he absolutely loved it! It kept his attention focused on the book and what was going to happen next. We can't wait to read the next book to see what happens to Jesse next!
  • Joseph
    January 1, 1970
    This book was not the best book i read because i do not like how the author introduced the sires. if i could tell the author to change one thing then i would tell him that his first book in the sires is pretty confusing until you read to like page 100. the first book was basically about a boy who hates video games but he gets a text from his friend telling him to go to his house then the main character, Jesse went to his friend, Aries house. Then he got sucked into a video game in the game and This book was not the best book i read because i do not like how the author introduced the sires. if i could tell the author to change one thing then i would tell him that his first book in the sires is pretty confusing until you read to like page 100. the first book was basically about a boy who hates video games but he gets a text from his friend telling him to go to his house then the main character, Jesse went to his friend, Aries house. Then he got sucked into a video game in the game and Jesse hated it until him and Eric started to get into a fun game. they find there friend mark and almost get him out of the game but a alien almost killed them and marked saved there life and let them go home and not him.
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  • J.C. Long
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun and entertaining read. Lots of laughs and enough excitement to keep a middle grade reader turning pages. Jesse is a likable MC that a wide audience can connect with. The game elements were woven in to great effect, though sometimes I wonder if they weren't more for the edification of a grownup audience, with a bit of nostalgia thrown in--hence the loss of one star, as young readers don't really have any nostalgic tendencies, and won't feel so connected to some of the references. This was a fun and entertaining read. Lots of laughs and enough excitement to keep a middle grade reader turning pages. Jesse is a likable MC that a wide audience can connect with. The game elements were woven in to great effect, though sometimes I wonder if they weren't more for the edification of a grownup audience, with a bit of nostalgia thrown in--hence the loss of one star, as young readers don't really have any nostalgic tendencies, and won't feel so connected to some of the references. Over all it's a fun series and one that I would recommend to my middle-grade level students.
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  • Angela Lambkin
    January 1, 1970
    What a unique and different type of story involving a. video game!I thought the author really did a great job in painting one scene after and after another quite vividly too! So, I want to recommend this for those ages 4-12 and or In grades 3-7 who loves to play video games like this of playing war type of games with different levels. I received this book for free, in return, here is my honest review. Super work Dustin B.! By Sunny.
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  • KAILER STONE
    January 1, 1970
    The book was about being in a video game by Dustin Brady. WARNING If you had not read the book and don't want spoilers don't read on you have been warned. My favorite part was when they moved on they were excited but frighted or when they died and respond also when they flew in the jet packs. I recommend this book if you like any type of games.
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  • Brianna Brown
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book with my son and I very much enjoyed it. It has been the first book he has loved and looked forward to reading in a long time. It’s made reading after school so much easier. He still has a couple chapters to go, then he’ll be starting book 2. We’re so thankful to have found it! He laughed out loud on almost every page.
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  • Amanda Dye
    January 1, 1970
    This book was very engaging for the whole family. Lots of quick wit and and descriptivley funny scenarios. Cliff hangers at the end of each chapter made the kids want to keep reading more every night. They can't wait to continue on with the adventure
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  • Sarahjalaine
    January 1, 1970
    My 8 year old son loved this one. I read to him at night & he falls asleep during. With this book, he stayed awake and would beg for one more chapter. We finished it together, now he is re-reading it on his own. :)
  • Melanie Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    This was a hard book to get through. I think for boys that love video games, this could be a good transition book to get them reading. It is set within a video game. For me it was a tad boring but I think 5-7th graders would enjoy it.
  • Natalie Hills
    January 1, 1970
    This book is engaging the ENTIRE TIME! I feel like this would be great for reluctant readers, because it's simple to read, but keeps you interested in knowing what's going to happen next! It ends well as its own book, but also got me excited to read the next one! Fast paced, fun!
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  • Mark Cooke
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome read my 7 year old really loved it but couldn't stay awake . So I would have to read more the next night.!!!!!!The book was so captivating so well written. The characters were well thought out the good guys ,the bad guys the equipment all keep you in the story.
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  • Tanya Martinez
    January 1, 1970
    Like video games? This book named Trapped in a Video Game written by Dustin Brady, is a great book for students to read. It gets them excited to continue reading trying to figure out what happens next.
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThis was fun to read. The story had some really creative elements. It was easy to believe that the characters were trapped in a video game. It was harder to believe that the main character didn't like to play video games.
  • Lynn Burrows
    January 1, 1970
    “Best book in the world” if your kiddo loves video games!7yr old really enjoyed reading this and so did mom!! Very well written, includes wonderful humor and relatable topics throughout!!
  • ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Read this with my sons, it was entertaining and really fun. He wants part
  • Bella
    January 1, 1970
    wanna read, how longs the book????
  • Joshua Harris
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fun and well written book. It is made fo kids but there is something for everyone to appreciate in this book.
  • Pruthvi
    January 1, 1970
    I really really REALLY liked it. Because they first were on a mission. And then they completed the mission.
  • Alissa McClure
    January 1, 1970
    Not my jam, but my boys LOVED it. They loved it so much, in fact, that we are now into book 2. I am happy they are engaged.
  • Tina Tomczak
    January 1, 1970
    So much better than I thought. Great for action seeking almost MG readers.
  • Brittany LeSueur
    January 1, 1970
    This is the a great read for any young boy who loves video games. My boys would hardly let me put this one down.
  • Ally Chang
    January 1, 1970
    Trapped in a video game I love it but i want some pictures on each side of the pages . And colour the pictures so it's colourful . Trapped in a video game 🎮👾🎮 I love it but i want some pictures on each side of the pages . And colour the pictures so it's colourful 🎨.
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  • Kate Nell-Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    This got my second grader, who generally only likes nonfiction, to absolutely love reading by himself, & he couldn’t wait to share it with me. I look forward to the rest of the series.
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