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Play or Die [Kindle Edition]

Jen Cole
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ready to play the game of your life?

Could you stay ahead of a sociopathic hunter being sent your co-ordinates every three hours? Jo Warrington is about to live this nightmare. On a Melbourne city street she is plunged into a game devised by people from the future. Her choices - play or die.

As Jo flees a remorseless Hunter, her watching audience places bets on how long she will survive and awards points for ingenuity. The points allow her to ask questions, but when the answer to one reveals her father's recent death to have been no accident, she resolves to play the game on her own terms.

Desperately searching for clues as the assassin closes in, Jo is tempted when her father’s sexy equipment salesman turns up asking her to trust him, but Richard seems to have his own agenda.

Can Jo track down her father’s murderers before she herself is killed? And what of her viewers from the future? Will they be satisfied with anything less than her death?

A lot can happen in five days.

If you crave the adrenaline hit of an action-packed thriller, then choose a comfy chair to read Play or Die. It’ll be a while before you leave.
This is a novel for young adults and old.


Product Details

  • File Size: 703 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0987361201
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Happy Mac (September 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009JGYJTY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,456 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concept October 7, 2012
By Angus
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was drawn in from page one. I got caught up in the excitement of a game that Jo just had to win! But I was also caught up with issues impacting on the characters living in the two very different but interrelated worlds. It's most fascinating to read a Sci Fi story that is grounded in the reality of our world. For me there was the added bonus of picturing the game being played in the city, towns, suburbs, streets and public places that I know so well. These places will never be the same! The image of Jo showing ingenuity and skill will be long lasting.

This novel breaks new ground - if represents a new genre in that it simultaneously thrills, entertains and challenges us to reflect on the bigger questions - globalisation, environmental sustainability, population growth etc. The novel is also well written and the various layers have been cleverly interwoven. It's easy to read and the language is so expressive - it really gets your imagination going. You are easily transported into the world (or worlds) that the author has created. It has also perhaps made me think differently about the world that I live in!!!

This novel has a lot going for it - and I'm sure the young and the old would find it hard to put down. I hope to read more of Jen Cole's work.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Play or Die an Amazing book!! September 30, 2012
By Scooter
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was so fantastic! I loved the premise, the suspence, the characters...everything! It's one of those terrific books that makes you feel as though you are experiencing everything first hand. I couldn't help putting myself in her shoes and thinking in detail about what I would do if I were put in the situation. I couldn't put it down.

A very clever SciFi story, with thought provoking warnings about where our societies obsession with reality TV is headed. As a Melbourne resident it further added to the thrill of the chase being able to identify the locations mentioned in the story.

A very satisfying and exciting read from start to finish, and one that you will definately want to share with others so you can discuss it together!

I think this is my favorite book I have read this year. I cant wait to read her next book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent story, but has some logic flaws. January 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have to admit that I wanted to read this book because it had (at the time) nine 5-star reviews and nothing else. I thought it seemed fishy that it had nothing but 5-star reviews, so I decided to give it a read.

I'll admit the novel was pretty decent, but it wasn't one that I couldn't put down, which is what it would take to warrant five stars. I probably could have given it four stars, but there were some logic flaws in the story that prevented me from rating it that high. I'll get to that shortly.

The story takes place in two times -- present day and in the distant future. Future humanity is angry at "The Ancestors" for being selfish and destroying the planet. So, to get some modicum of revenge, they created a game show where they draft someone from the past to be hunted for five days by someone else from the past. Physical time travel isn't possible, but projecting images of themselves and manipulating electronics into the past are possible. The hunter is given the prey's coordinates every three hours and fifty million dollars if that person succeeds in killing the prey. Future humanity watches the hunt and gives feedback. Points can be earned by the prey for exciting or creative escapes. At 1,000 points, the prey earns the right to ask three questions of the game show host Danny Fitani, whom has to answer any question. The prey, Jo Warrington, uses the questions to not only survive, but gather information on her father's suspicious and untimely death.

Stories that deal with time travel are tricky. I noticed logic flaws in the story that lessened my opinion of the novel. Jo asked a question of Fitani that required an extensive answer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on her next book-this one was fabulous. October 17, 2012
By Wally
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Firstly I am not a sci-fi fan, BUT Play or Die really got me in. What a powerful story. The characters are beautifully drawn. The frictions and tensions between the players are just right. Jen Cole obviously has a very fertile imagination yet her attention to detail is amazing. Because many of us will know Melbourne and the Victorian country-side, the settings are such that we really are drawn into them. So much food for thought regarding what our population is doing to our planet! When the film is made, I guess Fitani will win many accolades, yet Jo and Richard will be the great heroes. I could not put my kindle down until I reached the climatic end. Congratulations Jen Cole.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Play or Die October 13, 2012
By Tammy
Format:Paperback
Jo Warrington was downtown walking to a very important interview, when she is met by a very colorful dressed man who keeps following her. The last thing she needs is any distractions. She has recently lost her dad in a horrible machinery accident and she doesn't need any more sadness or bad luck in her life, which is why she needs to ace this interview and get back to the orchard farm.

Danny Fitani needs to convince Jo that he is from the future and her life is already in danger, as she has been selected to be a contestant in the "Play or Die" game. The clock is ticking and every minute counts. Fitani has told Jo she has five days to try to hide from the Hunter, if she survives, the hunt is over, but if she dies at the Hunter's hands he gets 50 million dollars, which she feels is quite unfair, but the really unfair advantage is the fact that the Hunter is given her location every 3 hours, so she has to be on the move constantly. Suddenly right before Fitani disappears he tells her the Hunter is 50 yards away from her. She looks up and sees a hooded figure coming towards her. Jo starts running for her life.

My favorite part of the book is when Jo goes shopping for different looks. She buys wigs, running clothes and all kinds of changes of clothing. I really enjoyed when she is in disguise and is able to walk right past the Hunter unnoticed. Once Richard, a friend of the family, enters the picture the pace of the book picks up dramatically.

This book has action, violence and romance. It will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. This is a great read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a action packed, science-fiction thriller.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars What happens when pure greed rules
Riveting read of parallel times playing off again each other for life and death states.
personified in a present day girl. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sue Kesler
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit preachy but the overall story was good
Similar to some other stories I read the whole big corporations are evil motif is really thick here but the simpler story of the game was very well done.
Published 9 months ago by Ali
4.0 out of 5 stars Starts a bit clumsily, but worth sticking with it
At first, the story seems simplistic and far fetched, but stick with it and you won't be sorry! Would make a good movie.
Published 10 months ago by CrankySpice
5.0 out of 5 stars Corporate Control
I agree totally with all the other reviewers, fantastic story, great to read a good mix of themes and characters and just got to love an Australian setting. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. O. Bretherick
5.0 out of 5 stars we are such evil ancestors! or aren't we?
Seventy eight years from now, the world as we know it will come to an end. Over population and nuclear disasters will destroy the earth and only a few will survive. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rebecca of Troy
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
The beginning of this book did not pull me in. I thought I would give it a few more pages and before I realized it I was over half way through the book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ann Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant !
For a first novel, this story was brilliant. It caught my attention from page 1 and I was unable to put the book down until I finished it.
Published 16 months ago by CrazyReddy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good futuristic novel
It sucks you into the world and presents a future that could actually happen. It ends a bit abruptly and I wish there was a little more but the concept of the book and the story... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sarah Richards
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read
While there are some similarities to The Hunger Games, I was intrigued enough about the story to give it a try. For the most part, I enjoyed the book. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jotaluke
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this story!
this has all the best elementa of a great story! danger, suspence, quick thinking and some jackasses screwing around with soem ones life
Published 16 months ago by Damon Ambrosia
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More About the Author

Jen Cole is an Aussie primary school teacher who has in recent years begun writing for adults and children.

Play or Die, her first novel, was begun in 2007 and completed in 2009. After positive feedback from friends, she made the decision to publish it in 2012.

Jen has also written a number of short stories, two of which, Killer App and Swarm, under the pseudonym S. Carey, appear in Penguin Australia's Eerie series. Stories in the Eerie series are being released one per month over 2013.

Jen is currently working on her second novel, a science fiction adventure for young adult readers.

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