Sunday 26 October 2014

Endgame: The Calling (Endgame #1) James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton

20510241Book Blurb (from Goodreads)
Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.
This is Endgame.
For ten thousand years the lines have existed in secret. The 12 original lines of humanity. Each had to have a Player prepared at all times. They have trained generation after generation after generation. In weapons, languages, history, tactics, disguise assassination. Together the players are everything: strong, kind, ruthless, loyal, smart, stupid, ugly, lustful, mean, fickle, beautiful, calculating, lazy, exuberant, weak. They are good and evil. Like you. Like all.
This is Endgame.
When the game starts, the players will have to find three keys. The keys are somewhere on earth. The only rule of their Endgame is that there are no rules. Whoever finds the keys first wins the game. Endgame: The Calling is about the hunt for the first key.

My review: 
Endgame is so beautifully confusing and original. It was the cover that got me interested because it is not everyday you see a book that is gold and shiny, and it was the plot that got me hooked. The plot was so original and played out beautifully. The whole book was told in so many perspectives that it was hard to remember at times who was who and where they were going. Luckily at the top of each age it did tell us all of that information. However I do think that it was told from too many different perspectives and I felt like because of this I did not get to know the characters as well as I would of liked to have known them. When one of them died I felt nothing. I think that the main character was suppose to be Sasha because there was something about her that made her seem main-charactery.... well you know what I mean. We saw more of her story and got more background from her. 
Each character in this book had unique pasts. One was beaten as a child, one is mute, one was more or less normal until endgame and two were raised to be a little bit too trigger happy *cough* Maccabee Adlai and Baitsakhan *cough*.  Out of all the players I feel like Sasha was the easiest to relate too. 
Anyone and everyone should read this book. I recommend it to anyone who loves reading. 
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars: 

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