This was the basic premise of Extropia and I found it both exciting and hard to put down. It was an action-packed story with characters that were believable and easy to identify with and empathise with, even the baddies (at times).
Edwards is a teenager, whose father and brother supposedly was killed whilst experimenting with this exciting new game they were working on inventing (Extropia). A year later Edward discovers that his father and brother may in fact still be alive, trapped inside the game, although his brother James is near death. Time is of the essence and Edward plus agents from the CyberCrime unit must try to rescue his parents and defeat a crazy millionaire who has his own plans for Extropia. Throw in a bit of a teenage love crush between Edward and the young Cybercrime agent and you have a compelling young adult story.
My only negative with the story and it is a minor one at that was I felt sometimes things just seemed to happen as little conveniently at times, but hell, it's a video game at the end of the day, so why not!
This is an excellent premise, a good story, well told and ensured that I'll be a starter to read the next installment of this saga, with book two. Good job to the author and I recommend this to not just young adults, but anyone who likes a bit of sci-fi or has an interest in gaming. Very enjoyable.