Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Book Review: Endgame-The Calling by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton

I have FINALLY finished listening to Endgame, which means it's time for a book review...and without further do...

Endgame: The Calling by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton

Where should I begin?  I heard about some controversy about this book because of one of the authors, and I also lots of people were comparing this book with The Hunger Games; but it has nothing similar to The Hunger Games.  Well, maybe one of the similarities are some of the cold blooded people that were on both books; yeah some parts freaked me out. 

So, the synopsis tells you that there are 12 original families and each family has an active player; who has practiced all their lives for Endgame, where the world ends and one family is the only survivor.  There was some confusion throughout the book, because there are so much information been explained from each player and their families; it gets a little tricky at times.  You get to meet all 12 players, and when I say; meet, I mean you get to know each individual pretty deep.  You get to know when each of them learned about Endgame, how they spend their childhood training for this game and do you know what kind of training they did?  Well, they pretty much got trained to become professional assassins.  Also, you get to know what they are feeling and thinking as the chapters get changed from one character to another, this way you know what they are all thinking and feeling.

What is Endgame?  Twelve thousand years ago, "they" descended from the sky and created humanity and gave rules to live by.  But as the rules were not been respected, a game is stared; where 12 people from the original lines are the players, the ones who are playing for the sake of humanity.  When the game starts, the players are told to find 3 keys; and in this book they are looking for the Earth key.  Each player is different from each other, they are strong, kind, loyal, smart, stupid, lustful, mean, beautiful, calculating, lazy, weak.  They are good and evil; and let me tell you; be prepared for the evil, it is as dark as it can get.

Some many things happens in this book; no spoilers so if you want to know you just need to read the book.  But, I will tell you this, trust is created among players, some are falling for each other, others form alliances, some choose life instead of death.  You will see love and hatred, assassins as cruel as you can imaging, people die and by people I mean players and non players, and some of the deaths are explained in detail, so much that you will shhhiver just reading/listening to it.

The book was well written, I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.  Why?  It is a good story, but there are so many characters that you get confused at times.  And there are times that you get lost without realizing, you have to have the time and patience to read this book (and stomach).  Hopefully on the next book, we get to just the action instead of the background as I think book 1 covered it all.  But don't think there isn't enough action in this book, because there is; it's a very long book but also an action packed one.

I hope you give this book a change, I don't regret reading it, books is what transports us to all these different worlds, so read it, you may like it.

And that's it for this book review; I'm off now to read Never Fade and I can't wait to finish this one too and pick out the 3rd book of the series.