Monday, January 2, 2017

Book Review: Endgame

20510241Endgame by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton

Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Read: November, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover, 461 Pages
Series: Endgame (#1)

Summary from Goodreads:

Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilisations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.

This is Endgame.

For ten thousand years the lines have existed in secret. The 12 original lines of humanity. Each had to have a Player prepared at all times. They have trained generation after generation after generation. In weapons, languages, history, tactics, disguise assassination. Together the players are everything: strong, kind, ruthless, loyal, smart, stupid, ugly, lustful, mean, fickle, beautiful, calculating, lazy, exuberant, weak. They are good and evil. Like you. Like all.

This is Endgame.

When the game starts, the players will have to find three keys. The keys are somewhere on earth. The only rule of their Endgame is that there are no rules. Whoever finds the keys first wins the game. Endgame: The Calling is about the hunt for the first key. And just as it tells the story of the hunt for a hidden key, written into the book is a puzzle. It invites readers to play their own Endgame and to try to solve the puzzle. Whoever does will open a case filled with gold. Alongside the puzzle will be a revolutionary mobile game built by Google’s Niantic Labs that will allow you to play a real-world version of Endgame where you can join one of the lines and do battle with people around you.

Will exuberance beat strength? Stupidity top kindness? Laziness thwart beauty? Will the winner be good or evil? There is only one way to find out.

People of Earth.
Endgame has begun.


When I first read the back of the book, it struck me how this seemed like an older version of the 39 Clues series, aimed for younger readers. Since I enjoyed those when I was a wee 4th grader, I decided to give it a go. Wow is all I have to say! This book rocked from start to finish! It was a bit of an abstract story as they had to cover 12 Players from around the globe, but it was artfully done! The background info on the game and the players origins was very interesting to read, not at all long winded and boring as it could have been. I loved the characters with all their flaws and as the book progressed I rooted for some more than others. This novel made me scream in frustration  (hello Sarah, dump your stupid boyfriend!) and it made me smile when my favourite characters succeeded. I really loved this book because I rarely for saw where it was going. It twists and turns as you follow your characters around the globe. Yes the globe. These are teens who can afford to fly around the world. Overall, this book was realllllllllllllly good, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

Favourite Quote:
“Enemies are a given. Friends are not.” 
― James J. Frey, The Calling

Rating: 9/10 Stars

Recommended for People Who Like: The 39 Clues, adventure, puzzles, mysteries, fantasy

That's all for me!
Happy Reading,

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