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Book Review: Doctor Who -- System Wipe

Doctor Who: System Wipe by Oli Smith (4 star review)

Doctor Who: System Wipe // written by Oli Smith

160 pages // published in 2015 // sci-fi fiction


The Doctor finds himself trapped in the virtual world of Parallife. As he tries to save the inhabitants from being destroyed by a deadly virus, Amy and Rory must fight to keep the Doctor's body in the real world safe from the mysterious entity known as Legacy . . .

My Review...

4 Star Rating

System Wipe is a fun Doctor Who read. I miss seeing the 11th Doctor (and Amy and Rory!) on TV, so it was great to have a brand new plot to imagine him in, and exploring yet another new world with him.

I did hope for just a bit more of the 11th Doctor's quirky personality to shine through the story; mayhap it will in other books in the same series. I do wish the Doctor's character could have been more spot-on. There were a few moments I might have chuckled a bit when I felt Eleven's sense of humor:

"Well, I've received a few new bodies in my time, but nothing like this," he declared, peering around at the vast number of options in front of him. "This is going to be fun."
The main aspect of the plot is cool. The Doctor gets sucked into a virtual reality that is all too real; to die in the virtual game is to die in the real world. The story actually takes place in the U.S. stemming out from Chicago, which I found to be fun (being an American and all) to have one of my favorite British characters in the U.S. -- that is, an apocalyptic U.S.

You're in for an adventure filled with all types of robots, virtual reality coming to life, and the world(s) dying out before your eyes. Can the Doctor save the day? Not to mention himself?

"Did that robot just clear its throat at us?" whispered Amy.

"I think it just did," Rory replied.

It's a fairly quick read at about 160 pages. Kids and teens who are fans of the show will love System Wipe, and adults will too.

Thanks to the author and Netgalley for the free review copy & for the opportunity to express my honest opinions.

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