Endgame: The Calling – James Frey
Oooo I did enjoy this book, it was so exciting and intense, even though I started back at school and have less time, I still wizzed through it!
The story of this book is quite difficult to describe but I’m going to try my best…it’s about the events leading up to the end of the world, the fate of the world and the decision on who lives is decided through Endgame which is a game played by the direct descendants of the original ‘lines’ of the first humans on earth, all of whom are aged between 13-20. For example there are players from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania ect. These players have been trained since birth to play in Endgame but nobody knows when the game will be activated, it has been the same way for thousands of years. There can only be one winner of Endgame, all the other players will die. The player who wins will secure the survival of their entire ‘line’ during the impending apocalypse, so no pressure…
This book had a very Hunger Games feel to it, but in my opinion it was even more exciting as there is more to play for and there is action right from the beginning. As soon as you start this book you’re thrown into the crazy world of Endgame as it is being activated, things explode and people die in the first chapter, I don’t think I have ever been so hooked by a book before!
One thing that I really loved about this book is all the different perspectives, there are chapters in the perspective of all the players of Endgame. This makes the story really exciting because it’s like a new story every chapter from a different person in a different country. However they are all cleverly linked with the different clues that they know and their ultimate goal. Although it did take a while to get used to all the different perspectives because I kept forgetting who each person was and where they were from, but after a few chapters with them and you learn more about their characters it was easier to remember. Also, there was never a character that I didn’t want to know about or to find out more of what they were doing because they were all doing such cool things, but there were a few that I was cheering along more than others…
I think the characters are one of the best things about this book, I don’t want to describe any because I think, if you read it, you should form your own individual opinions on the different characters because any of them could be your favourite… well except for the real dick heads that don’t even deserve to be named… All the characters are all really feisty and badass, but also brave and (some are) kind.
The ending was so up in the air, I had no clue what would happen! It was a little bit sad but not enough to make me cry (if you know what I mean), but if you cry easily then perhaps keep some tissues on standby, because I’m sure someone has cried at this ending in the past… Although as I was getting towards the end of this book I realised that there wasn’t enough pages for Endgame to finish completely… which is a little annoying because I really want to know who wins!! I guess I’ll just go and get the second book… The ending was also quite confusing, not all of my questions were answered which kind of annoyed me, but I suppose it’s just another excuse to buy the sequel!
I really LOVED this book! If you enjoy things like the Hunger Games then you will love this book! It is packed will intense action and cryptic riddles that I had no hope of solving! I’m going to award this book a 5 out of 5 stars, a cracking read!