☕️☕️☕️ –  It’s Good !

Worth a read and a try to work it out!

Synopsis by Goodreads:

Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, 20510241and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and 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.

Play.
Survive.
Solve.
People of Earth.
Endgame has begun.

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Many thanks to the Publisher via NetGalley for a SAMPLER of this book in return for my honest review

(Firstly have not read The Hunger Games, which I understand may be similar to this book, my review here is purely on what I have read without comparison to any other book)

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I always find these type of things an interesting concept, but looking at the ‘codes’ I had no idea how this was supposed to be worked out.   I am guessing a full copy of the book would include instructions. I can see some people wanting to try it out, but I have always had difficulty cracking ‘codes’ and such, so not for me.

I found the style a bit difficult to read with such a lot of very short sentences which didn’t flow, although it did get better.

I liked the characters introduces so far and it would be interesting to see if any of the characters grow enough to feel connected to them.   The few introduced at start showed promise and the start of the Endgame was quick with the players getting lethally competitive.

I like the fact that what I read so far did not have complicated names or places as often used in fantasy books, this makes it easier for a younger audience.

Sadly though it left me a bit underwhelmed, and so I will not be reading the full book.

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  • Hardcover, 477 pages
  • Published October 7th 2014 by HarperTeen (first published January 1st 2014)
  • original title:  Endgame: The Calling
  • ISBN 0062332589 (ISBN13: 9780062332585)
  • edition languageEnglish
  • series Endgame #1

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