Circuit Theory is a story obviously inspired by online games such as Second Life, where play is based more around avatars, social interaction and role-play than actual gaming. It does a great job of exploring the emotional depth often found in these online relationships and role-play scenarios and how it can be hard to break into a world that has predefined expectations and cliques. The loneliness of an online game was not something I expected to come up in this story, but it resonated with me strongly as a former player who could never quite find a place. Another thing that spoke to me was the fact that the avatar and relationship was just as real for being an escape from a real life and body that never quite fit its owner.
The only drawback is that I felt the story ended abruptly. I was very surprised to turn the page and find I was at the end, and while it wraps up in a satisfactory manner, I did find myself wishing it could have been longer. I wanted to spend more time with the characters and world and it ended too soon. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying a great story, however. I liked Circuit Theory and would definitely recommend it, especially to people who have had experience with online interaction through avatar-based worlds.