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Endgame: Rules of the Game Hardcover – December 27, 2016
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Praise for ENDGAME: SKY KEY:
“Frey and Johnson-Shelton up the ante with hooks at every chapter.” (ALA Booklist)
“The action is rapid, moving from Player to Player and around the world without missing a beat.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
Praise for ENDGAME: THE CALLING:
“The treasure hunters of the world may want to dust off their tools.” (USA Today)
“A unique dystopian adventure with anchors to the real world...set to become a cultural phenomenon.” (ALA Booklist)
“This book is fantastic. On every level. Please just go read it and try and disagree with me. I dare you.” (The Guardian)
“You officially have my attention, James Frey. And to anyone reading this, the challenge is on.” (Bustle.com)
“Endgame is like The Hunger Games on steroids.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“The premise is engaging, in a Hunger Games-meets-National Treasure sort of way, and the diverse global cast is welcome.” (Publishers Weekly)
From the Back Cover
Two keys have been found. The strongest Players are left. One final key remains to win Endgame and save the world.
At the Calling, kepler 22b told the Players, “The rules of Endgame are simple. Find the keys in order and bring them to me.”
For Sarah, Jago, Aisling, Maccabee, Shari, An, and Hilal, Endgame has reached its final phase. Earth Key and Sky Key have been found, and one key remains: Sun Key. This is all that stands between one Player saving their line—and all the other lines of humanity perishing. And only one can win.
West Bengal, India
Maccabee has Earth Key and Sky Key and he is determined to find Sun Key. He Plays to win, always. But fate can turn in the blink of an eye. Especially for the Player who carries the strange child, Sky Key, with him to the end.
An Liu Plays for something more certain: death. His tics have returned, his mind fractures. Will these prevent him from destroying Endgame, and the world along with it?
Aisling Plays for something more fleeting: life.
And in spite of all that’s happened in Endgame, Aisling has help. Sarah, Jago, Shari, and Hilal share her mission. Sun Key must not be found.
For these Players, the rules of the game have changed.
No matter what they’re Playing for, the remaining Players have one thing in common: they are all willing to die to achieve their mission, whatever this may be.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
i was prepared for a huge, mind-bending conclusion to this fast-paced and very entertaining series, and i can't say i was entirely let down. but the end left me mostly confused and frustrated. without giving away too much, i have to say that i was not at all expecting the set of characters that were left alive by the end. this was unfortunate for me, because i didn't feel as though i was invested in them enough for them to be the "survivors" of the game.
the plot moved from fast, to confusing, to altogether irrational by the end. i'm still trying to figure out why the writer(s) decided to toss in an ultimately very pivotal piece at the end, which seems as though it could have been easily avoided without affecting the outcome. the result was a suspension of disbelief that i hadn't yet experienced in this already outlandish tale. there was also a lot that felt as though it was "left out" of the story to keep the page count down.
ugh, i have written a lot of amazon reviews, but this is my first attempt at a book review. i want to include a lot more of my opinions about the book and the series, but i simply can't do that without diving into major spoiler territory. so with that being said, i think you should probably get this book and read it if you're already through the first two. but you probably won't be content or happy with the conclusion, and rightfully so.
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 GAME was 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
2 1/2 books and an ending that ruined End game...Not because it didn't happen the way I wanted but blew ur wad too fast and quick for the what came before it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Waited for something more interesting. It is common that modern authors can not finish books. Rather average book with a lot of unnecessary words and information. Read morePublished 9 days ago
I waited so long to find out what happened to the players, this is a great conclusion to the trilogyPublished 14 days ago by Jean
I really loved the first two books. Even listened to them multiple times, but this part is just bad. I only give the second star cause the first two books where good.Published 16 days ago by Alberga
To poorly satirize a brilliant poet, "this is the way the book ends, not with a bang but with a whimper. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Quinn Spellmann