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Artificial Jelly Book 2 by Dustin Graham
Narrator: Traci Odom
Series: Artificial Jelly #2
Published by Tantor Audio on November 30, 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction Fantasy
Length: 11 hours, 4 minutes
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Free from the prison of her birth, Gell the Jellyfae, a dungeon-mob turned into a player, must discover how she can protect herself from a world she cannot know. Meanwhile, copied and experimented on like a lab rat, Gell's sister must escape a horrible fate. Driven by a desire for a world that is real, they defy their gods to craft a home of their own.
Artificial Jelly: A LitRPG Dungeon Mob Searching for Hope is the second book in an aware NPCs quest to figure out her world and her place in it. I don’t read much litrpg, but that is okay since especially in this second installment there is a definite SciFi feel. Told from multiple PoVs, the reader gets a view of the entire world and how they will impact out little Jellyfae.
Gell, the Jellyfae, has been let back into the game that spawned her and asked by the creators to behave and not use her special powers as they make the NPC characters break their programing and start to develop. There just isn’t enough server space in the game for something like that. Gell is reunited with old friends and makes some new ones on her quest to find Bugbear and help him become a player like herself.
Gell was very childlike in the first book and I would say these are more her teenage years where she is being hit with some bigger life events like your first crush, life and death cycles and betrayals. Her journey is one of discovery of herself and the world around her, even if it is a game. She wants to be able to fend for herself and is worried that some of the events out in the world may impact her and wants to figure out a way to defend herself. One of her new friends might be an old enemy coming to find out more about the little Jellyfae.
On the flip side, a copy of Gell is being experimented with outside of the game to see what it can do. It is interesting to see how the same primary programming can change and divert when given new and different experiences. It will be interesting to see how Gell’s sister will grow without a game to shape her experiences.
Overall this was a better story than the first with more moral and ethical implications. What will the world be like when the first AIs come and are aware? It is an interesting concept. I liked where the overall arc of the story is going and the plot and storyline are better in this book.
Traci Odom is a solid narrator and does well in this story. She handles the multiple PoV well and I enjoyed how she portrayed all the characters. Gell is a little whiny at times but I think for that you have to remember she is essentially a child and sometimes throws a bit of a tantrum. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed
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