- File Size: 650 KB
- Print Length: 335 pages
- Publication Date: July 3, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073Q9QDY6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,828 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Game: Books 1-7 of the game series Kindle Edition
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My mind is still questioning what I read. I may never know.
Ella Taylor has hit rock bottom. She is being evicted from her apartment, dumped by her boyfriend, Sawyer, and has just lost her job.
She receives a letter for a job interview with businessman Tobias Benton and she hopes her luck is about to change. Soon she finds herself signing a contract that will result in her receiving a million dollars is she can win the game. The problem is that the game isn't easy to win: one contract, two guys, three players, four strikes, five rules, six figures, seven days.
This was such an interesting book but definitely not for everyone. The book is definitely dark and it had Ella questioning her morals and trying to figure out what her role in the game was without questioning what she was doing and fully submitting before she lost the million dollars.
Each day Ella had a game and they all made her question how people got to where they and whether or not she was doing the right thing. The games definitely varied and I was shocked at the things that she had to do. I can say that I don't think there is any way that I would have been able to do what she did.
There were so many twists and turns and although the reveal wasn't too much a shock to me I was blown away by it still and I felt so bad for Ella. I was mad at the end with what happened with Preston and totally shocked at the epilogue as I can't believe that she could do that to someone.
The book looks at morals and society and what we will choose in certain instances. Does society rules overrule the need to survive? I could see the dilemmas that Ella was faced with and some she completely struggled with but parts seemed far fetched. It was definitely an intriguing read but not for everyone.- Rebecca
I’ve never read any work by either author and from the little bit of blurb I was expecting a book along the lines of JA Huss’s “Taking Turns”. Oh boy was I wrong. The book is seriously dark, savagely twisted and morally corrupt. So dark it was like coal. At times I felt like you do when you pass a serious car crash… you don’t want to look, you know you shouldn’t look but somehow your eyes are drawn to the carnage. I’ve read some dark books (eg Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas and Beast by A. Zavarelli) but this makes those look like a child’s bedtime story. It almost needs to come with a warning – and is not a book for the faint-hearted. Oh and I’m not referring to the sex – some of which is taboo and all of which is steamy. No I’m talking about the mind blast that goes with this book.
I both loved and hated this at the same time. Parts of me said ‘as if you’d make that choice’ whilst another part said ‘who knows what you’d do in the same situation as Ella’. A part of me thought ‘as if you’d really be able to set up those games/get away with them’ and that other voice replied ‘who really knows when you have untold wealth and the power that brings’. I frequently questioned why I was reading the book and yet I kept on doing so.
I also felt there were many unanswered questions. Were there only ever the same three men involved? How many other games had been played? Did games overlap or run one straight after the other? And quite frankly how did these men actually keep their business afloat as they seemed to spend more time ‘playing’ than they did working? Had Three purely set up the game just because of Ella? There was an attempt to explain why he had wanted Ella to play the game but I was confused as to what he wanted to shape her into and what he truly wanted/expected to happen. Also if he was so obsessed with her why Day 3’s game?
And the only true explanation I could come up with for why they played ‘The Game’ was very unpleasant and made me really dislike those taking part. We’re richer than you (hence more powerful) so we’re superior to you also appeared to be another unpleasant theme.
I didn’t feel any love or romance or ‘normal’ caring in this book at all and the epilogue chilled me even further and almost made my stomach turn. I did feel the love between Ella and Tobias though.
And yet I gave this 4 stars. If I hadn’t had those unanswered questions I would have rated this 5 stars. Why? Because it is an extremely well written book and despite reading this almost as I would watch a horror film (through my fingers and hiding behind a cushion) I wanted to know how the story would end. I wanted to see how The Game would end and whether there would be a HEA. The characters were not necessarily likeable or pleasant but they were believable, intriguing and captivating. The Game is meant to mess with Ella’s mind and the book certainly did the same to mine. Unique plot line isn’t in it, and part of me is almost thankful for that.
I think this is one of those books that I’ll need to read again at least once to fully appreciate the story. It’s a good book, it’ an amazing read, I would recommend it but ONLY if you don’t mind how deep into the murky depths of human depravity this will take you.
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