My Latest Read: EndGame – Win A Copy
ENDGAME IS REAL. ENDGAME IS NOW.
Imagine being the current “chosen one” for one of the twelve tribes of the world. All humans stem from one of these tribes.
Only one tribe will survive, and the survival of your tribe rests on your shoulders, an eighteen-year-old Valedictorian just hoping to make it through graduation, so you can spend summer with your boyfriend. An eighteen year old counting down the days to your twentieth birthday when the mantle of “the chosen one” passes to the next in line, who can spend their days counting down to their twentieth birthday or praying for the day when they get to save the tribe.
Imagine having to interpret a clue only revealed to you, having to make the most difficult decision possible. Imagine hearing a single word and knowing, at that moment that you, and every Player before you has been lied to.
EndGame follows all twelve Players, those who will fight for the survival of their tribe after The Calling. Details of The Calling are on a need-to-know basis, and most of the human race do not need to know. The Players must compete to find three Keys, learn who they can trust and eliminate those they can’t.
The book follows all twelve Players, tracking the Game from their different perspectives. It has echoes of The Hunger Games, but more grown up. Rather than being played in an arena, End Game takes place out in the real world.
This book is not the whole story; it takes us to the discovery of the first Key. At times I found it annoying to go back and forward between different Players, because I would get into the story of one only to switch to another’s story in the next chapter. One or two of the twelve were focussed on more heavily than the others, but each story was equally compelling. I soon decided which I disliked and which I supported, but whether this will stay the same in the next book, who knows?
The end of this book leaves a few questions unanswered, and it’s clear that there’s plenty of scope for this story to follow on. I enjoyed reading it – one of those books that I genuinely couldn’t wait to pick up each time I had chance to read. Recommended!
It’s published today, and there’s an unusual twist to this book.
Just as the Players have to embark on a Scavenger Hunt, so readers of the book can do the same. There’s a global scavenger hunt for half a million in gold, written by puzzle experts with PHDs from MIT, which readers can take part in. Solve the clues within the book and be the first to find the (real) gold.
As well as the book series, the film has been optioned by the team behind Twilight, and a reality TV show version of EndGame has been commissioned. There will be a ground-breaking mobile app game from Google Niantic, buried in the mythology of the story. There’s a lot to this story!
EndGame is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books and is aimed at readers of 13 years and up. There is quite a lot of gore in parts, as well as descriptions of torture (though this is a small part of the book).
I don’t usually read YA fiction, but this was a great book, and I’d recommend it to teenagers and adults alike.
Now, you have the chance to win a copy of EndGame.
Disclosure: I was sent a pre-publication copy of this book in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.