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- Print Length: 291 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Happy Mac (September 28, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 28, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009JGYJTY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,429 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Our heroine, Jo, is just your regular gal in many ways. Young and not particularly adventurous, she doesn't really stand out as heroine material. But then, out of the blue, she is informed that she is now a participant in a game in which she will be pursued by someone who has a set amount of time to kill her and plenty of resources to do so. She wins if she survives.
Naturally, Jo would be resistant to such an unbelievable story but soon finds out it is all too true. And even worse, it is a form of catharsis for humans from the future who are forced into incredible austerity due to the unthinking waste of today. Jo finds it is both true and worse than she can imagine and now she runs and fights for her life and for the hearts of those who torment her in the future.
This is a true adventure novel set in a horrifying dystopian future as well as our current modern life. I found some points where I had to disagree with some of the premises and it made me think that, perhaps, there was a significant flaw in the design of the dystopia. Those flaws were quickly revealed as part of the story that had a whole new layer to savor. It was very well done.
I enjoyed the book, the tempo and the characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wasnt sure at first how I would like this book but once I started to read it, I couldn't stop. It was interesting and a fast read. I did find this book enjoyable.Published 12 months ago by Kathleen
The excitement heats up in a marvelous opening chapter and carries through all the way to the end. Author Jen Cole really knows how to ratchet up the tension. Read morePublished 12 months ago by KF
The title says it all, Play or Die. The future is still obsessed with reality tv and the only way to win is to stay alive. I was hooked from the first page. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dorrie Baker
This brilliantly original, fast-paced suspense thriller combines the sci-fi excitement of The Matrix with the mordant satire of an apocalyptic spine-chiller, ostensibly about an... Read morePublished 13 months ago by John Yeoman
Original and grabbing premise for this thought-provoking and out-of-the-box novel. Yes, you will have to suspend belief and downplay some inconsistencies, (and be patient, it is a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Aviva
Riveting read of parallel times playing off again each other for life and death states.
personified in a present day girl. Read more
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 on October 3, 2013 by Ali
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 on September 15, 2013 by CrankySpice
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 morePublished on June 18, 2013 by Mrs. O. Bretherick
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