"Everything changed on that fateful day, when the sky above the plaza filled with hexagonal caution labels, crimson liquid oozed from the cracks, and we were told to escape. The day the lives of 10,000 people were changed forever. The beginning of my new life inside of the floating metal castle, Aincrad." Ryu Ueno was just your average, game-addicted high school student. But one day, he and a few of his close friends were trapped alongside 10,000 other people in Sword Art Online, a full-dive VRMMO governed by one absolute rule: If you die in the game, you die in real life. Follow Ryu as he fights alongside your favorite SAO characters to climb the floors of Aincrad. He'll face hardships, overcome obstacles, and discover new emotions in his quest to become the strongest player in the game. But first, he'll have to survive. Told in first-person POV. I do not own anything associated with Sword Art Online. All rights go to their respective owners.