Sunday, 26 October 2014

James Frey - Endgame (The Calling) (plus giveaway)

**Review by Stacey

Twelve ancient cultures were chosen millennia ago to represent humanity in Endgame, a global game that will decide the fate of humankind. Endgame has always been a possibility, but never a reality…until now. Twelve meteorites have just struck Earth, each meteorite containing a message for a Player who has been trained for this moment. At stake for the Players: saving their bloodline, as well as the fate of the world. And only one can win.

Endgame is real. Endgame is now. Endgame has begun.

Google Niantic is building a mobile location-based augmented reality videogame inextricably tied to the books and mythology, a major prize will be tied to a puzzle in each book, and Twentieth Century Fox has bought the movie rights.

Read the Books. Find the Clues. Solve the Puzzle. Who will Win?

Now sci-fi & fantasy isn't the usual genre that I would reach for, I rarely read them in fact. But when this one popped up I thought the blurb sounded interesting so gave it a go. 

We meet twelve characters in the book - the Players - and it flits from character to character throughout. Sometimes there was only a page or two in a chapter and it became a little confusing as it's a long book, so I kept forgetting who did what last and had to keep flicking back a few pages. Between every chapter also is what I presume to be a clue for the 'real' game - this distracted me as it got a bit confusing.

Endgame contains a lot of numbers and sequences - some nearly two lines long! Also distracting. One of the characters also has a tick and a twitch and Frey has written the action within the sentences which I found a bit annoying.

We don't really find out much about the characters in this installment, just how they have trained for Endgame and a little family background. Most of them don't get along - but why would they when they're playing a game against each other? - but there are a couple of unlikely partnerships in there. I also wanted to shout at one of the characters boyfriends who she had to leave behind, as he just didn't listen to the danger before him.

Brushing aside the points mentioned above, I did enjoy the story in the end and wanted to continue reading to find out what happened, and I do want to read the next one to find out who gets nearer to winning Endgame.

You can keep in touch with James and news about his books on his Facebook

Get your copy of Endgame here (UK).

I received a copy of this book to review, but all thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.


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