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The End Games Hardcover – May 7, 2013
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I am only about ten chapters into the book, but I'm already obsessed with it. The End Games is about more than just surviving a zombie apocalypse: it's about an older brother trying to keep his younger brother from freaking out by telling his younger brother that it's all a game. The originality in that, compared to the plots of other zombie stories, is truly refreshing and is what makes this book a great read. I also love-for some reason-that T. Michael Martin named the zombies "Bellows".
Along with the story, the writing style of Martin is a large part of why I love The End Games. It's easy to tell the mood of a chapter based on it's sentences. For example, in times of panic the sentences become shorter. "Don't freak, please. Not now, Bub. Michael spotted the keys. They'd fallen onto the passenger seat. They were just out of reach-" This style of writing adjusts the reader's emotions to that of the characters.
As for the occasional references to products and video games, it bothered me at first, but they began to create a relatable feeling after a while. They also work to form their own type of metaphor.
The End Games deserves five stars, because of its originality and lack of fear to shock the reader in sometimes offensive ways (when the priest slits the throat of a woman). I can't wait every day to read more of it, and I can't wait to read more works from this already very talented author.
Michael and Patrick are in the midst of attempting to survive a zombie apocalypse. In order to keep his brother from falling apart, Michael sets up their survival as a game. There is a game master that makes up all of the rules and safe zones. Although this starts out as being a rather playful way of seeing things, it is a dangerous world the two brothers now find themselves in. How will they actually make it through?
Honestly, this was a lot of fun. It takes a while to get into it an the pacing is a little off once you get going, but it is worth it. I enjoyed the humor the most within this story. Although filled with action and some gruesome zombie scenes, the comedy is what made me like this book above others in the same genre. While I like the premise of turning this into a video game and it relates to many teenagers, the set-up for everything was too long. This could be because this is a debut for the author, so I'm interested in keeping an eye out for new books. I'd love to see him find a better balance for pacing.
I am a huge fan of zombie books. So far out of all the books I've read, none have been quite like this. The two main characters are brothers with a pretty good age gap. The younger brother has a mental disability while the older does not. They have a beautiful brotherly bond. The older brother is willing to sacrifice everything to keep his brother safe. He uses gaming to appease his little brother; looking at the zombie apocalypse as just that, a really amazing "game" not real life in order to help shield his brother from reality.
As in most zombie novels there are the good guys, the bad guys & the undead. Besides the incredible relationship between the brothers, the undead get pretty interesting. They are more than just brainless shuffling husks of what once were human beings. They are something else, something terrifying. The bad guys are very bad & even the good guys aren't always as good as they should be.
This would be a 5 star zombie thriller if it wasn't for the disjointed writing style of the author.
But is it really just a game?
The two start off by themselves, with only each other for support. In their attempt to reach the safe zone, they run into other survivors, who may or may not have their safety in mind. Adding to the difficulty level of their game are several things: Michael's lack of experience, despite being 17 years old; Patrick's age (5 years old) and unstable condition; religious fanatics; uncertainty of who to trust.
Does the safe zone exist? Are there other survivors, and are the other survivors to be trusted? Are the bellows merely zombies, or do they pose more danger? In the end, is there a cure?
It's been a while since I've picked up a book and thoroughly enjoyed it. This book broke that drought. A whole lot of "ya-ya" for this author. I am looking forward to other work by this author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When this book was on sale on Amazon, I didn’t even hesitate to purchase it. Now, I’m slightly disappointed I let myself so easily be fooled. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Books4Tomorrow
bellows and shrieks, mutated viruses and survivors! In this story I love the team Patrick and Michael! Read morePublished 2 months ago by mkittysamom
No reason to read. Pointless violence. Hard to make sense of the author's intent but at least he had the courage to write and publish.Published 3 months ago by Barbara Sherman
I must admit that I am highly biased as I have known Mike for years, however, I really loved this book. Slightly scary. Fast paced. Read morePublished 8 months ago by indiesound
I don't usually enjoy "zombie" books but I loved this one, particularly the ending. I also enjoyed that the focus was on the brotherly relationship and not a love interest.Published 10 months ago by Rachel
The zombi-calypse has come to the United States (if not the world) and Michael (17) and his little brother Patrick (5) are trying to search through the zombie-filled countryside of... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Staci Griffith
I have been obsessed with "Trapped in Game" genres of movies, TV and books. And this book was advertised as a "trapped in game" story. Read morePublished 14 months ago by CinemaEditor
The book was good however, certain chapters and character deaths had me upset. It seemed like there was a cliffhanger with the book...Wil there be a sequel?Published 17 months ago by Laura Broadnax
Fantastic. I actually stayed up until almost 2am because I couldn't put it down.
And to someone who complained about too much swearing - read the book carefully. Read more