The online-game-setting of JOSIA didn’t appeal that much to me in the beginning. But you know what they say about never judging a book by it’s cover?! Man, that TOTALLY turned out to be true in this case!
I like Gu Man because of the simple ways she writes her novels. But in this novel, she handles the complex world of Online gaming with ease. I, the quissential gamer, felt that the book would be lame. I mean, tell me, how many of us will like a romantic story in a wuxia setting? But JOSIA is way different from what I expected and it actually delivered.
Okay, I’ll stop the blabber and start the review.
Bei Wei Wei is the typical example of beauty with brains, as she’s extremely lovely and at the same time, is also studying in a Premier University. And adding to that, she’s a gaming addict (Like me, hee!) and is hung over a game called Dreams Of Jianghu. In that game, the gamer can also marry because there are a few challenges that need a partner to complete. So, she marries Zhen Shui Wu Xiang.
But what she doesn’t know is that all the other gamers playing that game think that she’s actually a boy playing under the identity of a girl, as she’s the only girl in the Top Ten ranked players of the game.
Anyways, she gets dumped because her “husband” is now interested in getting married to Xiao Yu Yao Yao,who’s very beautiful. The thing is that when a video-making competition was announced for the players, Xiao Yu Yao Yao revealed her face in her video. So everyone thinks that she’s beautiful. But, in reality, Wei Wei is much more lovelier than Xiao Yu Yao Yao.
Under some unavoidable circumstances, she agrees to marry Nai He Xiong, who’s the #1 Player of Dreams of Jianghu. He’s the kind of player everyone dreams to become, but can’t really how much ever they try. Wei Wei and Nai He Xiong team up to compete in a coming-up Tournament.
In the process, they slowly find themselves growing closer through their online identities.
Meanwhile, there’s also Xiao Nai to talk about. He’s the ultra handsome, genius and brilliant guy of the CompScience faculty of the University. He’s also started his own company before even graduating. He’s good in everything there is, and is every girl’s dream. Is there any connection between him an Wei Wei?
Will Zhen Shui Wu Xiang rest back seeing that his “former wife” is now married to the Top Player of the game? Wil Xiao Yu Yao Yao leave her biggest rival in peace? Or will there be retribution?
And, will Nai He Xiong and Wei Wei ever meet and fall in love?
I found the book to be pretty engaging. The story’s set-up did take some time, and I also felt that it was very lengthy.
When it comes to characters, Wei Wei is one of those many heroines who has a spunk. For a difference, she knows that she’s beautiful. And that’s so different from the usual heroines who are the They-don’t-know-that-they-are-beautiful-and-that-makes-them-more-beautiful types.
However, Nai He Xiong is just the normal C-novel hero will all the arrogance and domination in him. The Second Leads don’t do a good job in being second leads. The friends come off as too screechy and too helpful-to-the-hero types.
It’s Gu Man’s writing that deserves props, though. Simple and elegant.
Bottomline: Read this book for the chemistry between the OTP.