A very entertaining book, with a protagonist who is resourceful and adaptable, and at the outset overly focused and committed to her job assignment, and totally not looking out for herself. The multiplayer alternate reality game premise allows her and her team to enlist the support of the very large number of players to solve real world problems, coming back to the title This Is Not A Game, a rubric for effective immersion in the game after all. Plus it conveniently allows the on-line team to access a large array of resources that seem realistic but would be hard to find in a single organization.
First, by enlisting the help of the on-line players, Dagmar is able to escape from the social disruption of an imploding economy as she is in the midst of street riots, looting, and corrupt military and police. But is it a coincidence that just as she gets to Jakarta, the country seems to fiscally implode? As the story advances, Dagmar's task as puppet master of the alternate reality on line game allows her to direct the efforts of the players and look for answers and assassins.
And how does the back story of the four college friends illuminate the current situation? Shades of the Alexandria Quartet, each one's perspective of the shared past is different, and all are correct, at least in part, but what is the significance of the differences?