‘Endgame: The Calling’* by James Frey – Book Review and more
When I first read about ‘Endgame: The Calling’ I was rather intrigued. ‘Endgame is real. Endgame is now. Endgame has begun’
This book is about a group of young people who have to participate in ‘Endgame’ a brutal battle, and puzzle, to decide which of 12 ancient cultures gets to live when the end of the world takes place… oh and not the natural end of the world but the end of the world that’s coming very very soon.
There’s one representative of each of the cultures and they have to go up against each other to solve clues and find three keys – But there’s no rules in this game and they’ve all been very highly trained for this moment, most of which are in ways that’ll lead them towards violence to help them win.
Although the book is a YA book it’s definitely not for very young children as many of the themes are quite dark and it was easy to read as an adult; I didn’t feel like it was too young at all. The format of the book is very different in a couple of ways, the first of which is in the way it’s written. From the outset you’ll see that the sentence structure is very brief, there’s no long sentences in this book, they’re all short and sharp. Some may feel that they want to criticise the book for this but it depends whether or not you want to consider the effect that it has – The short sentences work to add a real speed to the book, an urgency that works well along-side the plot as the story, itself, is incredibly fast paced. Similarly, the chapters are short, and they leap about between characters very quickly – It took a little while to get used to this as it meant that you didn’t get a lot of time with each character but as it built up, as the story developed, it worked just fine as, again, it added to the speed of the story and you were able to get to know the characters once you got far enough in it.
The other way in which this book differs is that there is a real quest taking place – Throughout the book you’ll find clues and puzzles and there’s a Real Life prize of £300,000 to be won! That’s right, the first person who solves this will win that life changing amount of money. The copy of the book that I’ve reviewed was an ARC so it had a place-holding set of clues in, so no head start for me, haha!
I enjoyed the book, it was different and I can see that it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the characters were a bit addictive and I did want to find out what happened next – Sometimes that’s all you need from a book. And, as well as that, you’d get a chance to take part in the real life quest for that amazing prize.