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Play or Die by [Cole, Jen]
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  • File Size: 899 KB
  • 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
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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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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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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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This is truly a dystopic adventure novel. No question about it. Before I review, I'd like to address other reviews that indicate this is a rip-off of Hunger Games. Yes, it does share a good many elements of that story in a way that a whole lot of dystopian works would. But then again, any story that featured two ill-fated young lovers could also be said to be a rip-off of Romeo and Juliet. That wouldn't be a fair comparison at all so my view on this story is based on Play or Die as a unique story with some very unique twists.

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.
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