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Endgame: Rules of the Game

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Endgame: Rules of the Game

In the explosive conclusion of the Endgame trilogy, ENDGAME: Rules of the Game, by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton, only seven Players remain. Sarah, Jago, Aisling, Maccabee, Shari, An and Hilal are prepared to fight to the death in order to find the last Sun Key and win Endgame. It all began with The Calling, where meteors around the world signaled the beginning of the game. Each Player, from 12 ancient bloodlines chosen by extraterrestrials years ago, has trained since birth. Their goal: find the Earth, Sky and Sun Key, bring it to the Maker and win. The Endgame’s only purpose is to find a new fate for humanity through the winner and start a new beginning. Now, An Liu plays for death. He fights to avenge his lost lover and kill the Maker of the game, kepler 22b. Maccabee is playing to win. With the Earth and Sky Key, he is confident of success. Aisling, Sarah, Jago, Shari and Hilal play to stop Endgame. They are all ready to die in order to finish the game and achieve their goal.

"ENDGAME is an emotional roller coaster, a lightning-paced novel with fights to the death. Every scene is like the roll of a decahedron dice: unpredictable and irregular. I highly recommend this novel."

This trilogy has kept me on edge ever since ENDGAME: The Calling. The minds of each Player are intricately woven and detailed. An Liu, though not my favorite, was brought to life with each twist and turn in his mind. Everything throughout the novel happens so fast; it left me in shock with each turn of the page. Some may complain that the deaths for the Players happen unexpectedly and are rushed. For me, it created an adrenaline rush throughout the novel. Each page creates suspense for the Player and the reader.

James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton did an excellent job writing the past two novels. RULES OF THE GAMEwas excellently written for the majority, although the ending wasn’t what I personally wanted. Some of the other minor characters seemed as if they were just thrown into the story. There are some parts of the novel left unexplained, as well. However, they have strong storytelling and manage to develop the minds of each character thoroughly.

Some may believe that this trilogy is similar to that of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. In its own way, Endgame is completely different. The world’s fate is at stake and action is set to the max. Instead of having one or two main characters, the novel covers the lives of each Player, creating a unique universe. The characters are scattered across the world. As a result different cultures are intertwined throughout the book. It was very interesting to see the portrayal of unique cultures.

In the pages of the first book, riddles are scattered throughout. The first to finish would earn 500,000 in gold coins. Although the prize has already been won, the new book is full of interesting new clues and puzzles for the reader to solve.

All in all, ENDGAME: The Rules of the Gameis an emotional roller coaster, a lightning-paced novel with fights to the death. Every scene is like the roll of a decahedron dice: unpredictable and irregular. I highly recommend this novel.

Reviewed by Jeremy H., Teen Board Member on January 9, 2017

Endgame: Rules of the Game
(Endgame #3)
by James Frey and Nils Johnston-Shelton