Lina has two passions in life: playing The Treason Game online and dreaming about Tyler, the avatar of a fellow gamer. A gifted artist, she applies for an internship with a company whose boss, Aron Taylor, helped to make ‘Treason.’ But could Taylor and Tyler possibly be one and the same? At home, Lina is in constant conflict with her religious mother, who believes all video games to be the Work of the Devil. Her best friend, Kit, who works for another games company, is supportive at first. But then Kit finds a new partner, and her friendship with Lina takes second place. At work, the other game developers are helpful and kind, but although Lina finds Aron Taylor very attractive he seems unapproachable. She can’t bring herself to reveal her online identity, much as she longs to do so. Only when the studio team goes to Paris Games Week is everything resolved, but not at all in the way that Lina expected.
The Treason Game started off slowly and then picked up the pace about a quarter way in. I felt that the author was much more excited about the video game aspects of the book then the actual story telling. I feel that people can relate to what Lina is going through, especially young/new adults that are trying to find their own way in life. I do believe that a sexual warning should be attached to this book as a sex scene turns quite rough and may be a trigger to some. It was a good effort for Doyle’s first book.