Read The Calling by James Frey Nils Johnson-Shelton Online


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 gameTwelve 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. And just as it tells the story of the hunt for a hidden key, written into the book is a puzzle. It invites readers to play their own Endgame and to try to solve the puzzle. Whoever does will open a case filled with gold. Alongside the puzzle will be a revolutionary mobile game built by Google’s Niantic Labs that will allow you to play a real-world version of Endgame where you can join one of the lines and do battle with people around you.Will exuberance beat strength? Stupidity top kindness? Laziness thwart beauty? Will the winner be good or evil? There is only one way to find out.Play.Survive.Solve.People of Earth.Endgame has begun....

Title : The Calling
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ISBN : 9780062332585
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Number of Pages : 461 Pages
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The Calling Reviews

  • Gillian Berry
    2019-04-02 13:04

    "In a world similar to Earth,"(In a world similar to Panem)"there are 12 bloodlines"(There are 12 districts)"Each bloodline has a champion between the ages of 13 and 17"(Each district has a tribute between the ages of 13 and 18)"And then one day they're called to fight, and all the bloodlines but the winners will be exterminated. They're fighting to be the last race."(And then one day they're called to fight, and all the tributes but the winners will be exterminated. They're fighting to be the last tribute.)Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to present the victor of the 75th Huge Fucking Rip-off Games! Edit 12/21/2014:OKAY. VERY TIRED OF DEALING WITH TROLLS ON THIS REVIEW. I've gone through the comments and deleted QUITE a fair few on both sides of the fence. Some of them attack me, and some of them attack the people who defend the book, and I'm getting mighty sick of seeing notifications for it. So, please stop posting incendiary comments on this review. If you heartily dislike my review, I'm sorry, but please don't comment. I have the right to my objective literary opinion.If you heartily dislike the comment someone left on this review, I'm sorry, but please don't attack them. If it's truly nasty, I'll flag or delete. Final notes:1) I recognize the summary I'm critiquing above is possibly no longer accurate to the book. I was responding to the very first blurb that appeared on Goodreads, which reviewers are permitted to do. That blurb sounded like a rip off of The Hunger Games to me.2) I won't be reading Endgame. Ever. Therefore, I will not update this review, meaning I cannot attest to whether or not this book is actually a ripoff of The Hunger Games. And I won't delete this review.HAVE A LOVELY NON-TROLLY DAY.

  • Megan
    2019-04-17 14:01

    You know, I think I've read this one before. It was about this girl from one of 12 districts who was sent to represent her people in a battle to see which was the best. I think it was called... I can't remember it. Is this that book? I think her name was Katnip. Or Cutlass.Nevermind. Probably making it up. But I swear, it just sounds so familiar! Oh, by the way James Frey, purveyor of a "fiction factory" which underpaid authors for their hardwork, a man who lied to my queen Oprah, a man who has made a career on being a liar and a bully?I'm not supporting this book, and not just because someone ripped off the Hunger Games and threw millions of dollars at him for it.

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-03-30 19:49

    ‘‘The Calling was an imperfect page-turner,’’ is the first sentence that comes to my mind when thinking of this book and my reading experience of it.3.5 stars. It hooked me. Very much. It contained this extremely fast pacing that kept on tempting me to read chapter after chapter without having my body show any sign of tiring. Moreover, the pages flew by at such a rapid speed that I most likely unintentionally skimmed some sentences here and there. It was as if I HAD to read at an express mode, otherwise I would have lost my pacing and waded behind the characters. This is a book that actually increased my heart rate.The plot was better developed and more complexly thought of than the summary might make it look like. Seriously. And way more inventive. There was so much I enjoyed from it, and that was especially because what I was reading about I had not in any other book previously read, including Hunger Games. The book BARELY incorporated any similarities to that one. It was about twelve direct descendents of the twelve civilizations created on Earth by a… superior race? Gods? Extraterrestrials? I still don’t know what to consider those creatures, but they, in this book, were the ones that held complete control over the players and planet Earth itself.The players’ objective were not to kill each other. No, the reason why this ‘‘Endgame’’ took place is for the ‘‘better civilization’’ to survive, for the person who found the three keys to save his/her line from destruction. But it was even more complex than that. And the killing… something that came with the package, not an order, obligation. Interesting plot and puzzles.What didn’t work quite so well for me now… Not a lot of things, honestly, but the few of them were so important to the book itself that I just couldn’t read without noticing them. I’m talking about the POV of the characters, narration and writing. The problem is that the author tried to familiarize us with every character, giving us a little back story on every one of them. There were many POVs because of that, which made getting attached more difficult. There were main and secondary characters, you could feel it, but it still wasn’t easy to remember everything that was being said about them. The narration and the writing, two elements directly linked to one another for the second and final thing that I wish would have been different: the ‘‘vibe’’ transmitted by this book. While everything that was happening inside this novel was ‘‘serious,’’ the narration did not give me that impression. And the writing made me feel like this book was aimed for a younger audience which I think wasn’t right, since there were multiple brutal scenes. It wasn’t BAD though, definitely not the worst narration tone & writing I’ve ever seen… but a more appropriate one sure would have made me love this a little more.Your choice to read it or not, but I have to recommend it, because 1) it was, again, no Hunger Games, 2) extraordinarily hard to stop reading and 3) YOU’LL WANT MORE :)

  • Clau R.
    2019-03-30 14:50

    This books was AWESOME.

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    2019-03-31 14:51

    I received this book for free from Bookworld in exchange for an honest review.For those of you concerned about Endgame being constantly compared to The Hunger Games (which has been done primarily from the synopsis alone), after reading it I can see that these two are quite different. This book sets itself apart with the genre, the setting, the format - we follow all of the Players and their journeys, and the plot is a lot more complex than it seems. This book sets up a lot of mystery and intrigue, which this first instalment starts to explore, but the next books will evidently unravel these and divulge even more secrets as they go.The novel starts with a bang - the insanity and destruction begins from the get go. However, at the same time it took me a little while to really get involved with the story as we jump from character to character a lot. It took me a little longer to differentiate and really know some characters more than others, but this story does a great job of fleshing out each of them in turn. While the reader is positioned to root for specific Players, you can’t help but sympathise with others. Of course, there are those I really detested, but even some of those you developed a bit of empathy. There is plenty of gore and bloodshed, and the story progresses to an intense finale with plenty of surprises. It left me shocked and horrified at some points, but also really intrigued to see how things unfold! Once things pick up, this story is very gripping and I couldn’t put it down.Disclaimer: I do have a bit of an issue with James Frey and Full Fathom Five, so under normal circumstances I might not have picked this up. I decided to seperate the Art from the Artist in this case - and I am quite glad I did, because this was a good book that seems like it’s going to make an impact!

  • Mohammed Arabey
    2019-04-22 17:06

    رواية غريبة تفوح بعبق أسرار كوكب اﻷرض من قديم اﻷزلمن معابد الصين العتيقة، أهرامات الجيزة، أعمدة ستونهنج بإنجلتراالنقوش العجيبة بجدران كهوف الجبال بمناطق مختلفة بالعالموتمزجها بأسلوب حديث وإطار تشويقي كارثي كأفلام رونالد إيميرشرواية سينمائية تليق بشعار فوكس القرن العشرين الذي بالغلاف أعترف أني لم أنتهي من قراءة الرواية بنسبة 100% فعلياﻷنها ليست رواية طبيعية ، هي رواية تفاعلية بجد..بأكثر من 74 موقع إلكتروني علي الإنترنت تشمل خرائط، فيديوهات علمية، معلومات عجيبة، صور أماكن أثرية، فيديوهات سخيفة مقبضة، حسابات تويتر للأبطال ومعلومات عن نشأه القبائل الإثني عشر التي ينتمون إليها والتي لن تجدها بالتفصيل سوي في تلك المواقع وليس بالرواية ..حيث ما بالرواية المطبوعة فقط مايخدم اﻷحداث لا أكثر ولا أقلاﻷبطال عددهم 12 تتراوح أعمارهم بين 13ل20 عاما عليهم فك اللغز ، والبقاء علي قيد الحياة في الصراع الدموي بينهم لمن يجلب المفاتيح الثلاثة أولا بعد حل الألغازصراع دموي للفوز والوصول لنهاية لعبة النهاية.ليتبقي لاعب واحد فقط وقبيلته في النهاية..نهاية العالميمكن فكرتها شك البعض ومنهم أنا أنها زيHunger Gamesلكنها مختلفة تماما...ودعونا نبدأ ب*** اﻷحداث ***~~~~~~~~~هي عن أن سكان اﻷرض كانوا منقسمين لجماعات منذ قديم اﻷزل، من قبل التاريخلكل جماعة أصل، بمختلف أنحاء الكرة اﻷرضية، ولهم الحضارات العجيبة التي مازالت آثارها موجودة حتي اﻷنآثار علمها لهم سكان السماء وهي كيانات عجيبة ذات قدرات فائقة..والذين تظهر صورهم في أثار تلك الجماعاتحسب الرواية المفترض ان التاريخ محا أصل تلك القبائل، ولم يعد يعرف أحد شيئا عن سكان السماء سوي عائلة واحدة من كل قبيلةومن تلك العائلة يتم ترشيح 'اللاعبين' للعبة النهاية التي ستقررها كيانات السماء في حينها.. وتنقل كل عائلة ذلك السر من جيل إلي جيل منذ الالاف السنينأجيال مرت تم فيها تدريب طفلا من كل جيل جديد كأن "لعبة النهاية" غدا ، ليصل سن الثالثة عشر وهو مستعدا لبدء لعبة نهاية العالم بأي وقت، فقط حتي يصل لسن العشرين ويسلم راية 'لاعب تحت الطلب' لمن أصغر منه عمرا في تلك العائلة العريقةوتبدأ أحداث الرواية ب12 نيزكا تضرب اﻷرض في 12 موقع مختلف بجميع أنحاء العالم ، ليكون رسالة للقبائل ليجتمع اللاعبون ﻷن "لعبة النهاية" قد حانتهي المرادف الخيالي ل"يوم القيامة" بتلك الرواية ، فمن المفترض أن من يقوم ببدء تلك اللعبة هم تلك الكيانات العظمي والتي قامت بتعليم تلك القبائل والعائلات العريقة بكل أنحاء العالم الحضارات المتقدمة التي حاليا تعد من الظواهر العجيبة ، كتلك الرسوم العجيبة بالكهوف التي تعود لما قبل التاريخ والتي تظهر ككائنات فضائية تهبط علي اﻷرض أو معدات الغوص قبل إختراعها بالآلاف السنين بايطاليا وحتي كهوف شمال غرب افريقياكذلك كالأهرامات المنتشرة بمصر، المكسيك، الصين وغيرها والتي تعد من العجائب التي تحمل الكثير من اﻷسرار الغامضةواﻷن بعد أن تلقت كل عائلة الرسالة بذلك النيزك الذي سقط بالقرب من منطقة وجودهم, يجتمع اللاعبين من كل أنحاء العالم إلي معبد بالصين ليقابلوا ﻷول مرة منذ الآلاف السنين تلك الكيانات الغريبة 'القوي العظمي-سكان السماء" والتي تخبرهم بقواعد اللعبةعلي كل لاعب حل الرموز والشفرة التي تمنح لهم بطريق التخاطر ، والوصول للمفاتيح الثلاثة قبل باقي اللاعبين 'مفتاح اﻷرض، مفتاح السماء، مفتاح الشمس' ، مع العلم بأن اللاعب الذي سيموت سيفني كل سلالة قبيلته بلا إستثناء ، سيتم فناء شعوب كاملة ...فقط يبقي علي وجه اﻷرض السلالة التي منها اللاعب الرابح الوحيد لتعمر اﻷرض مرة أخري من تركيا ، اﻷردن، أمريكا الشمالية، أمريكا الجنوبية، الصين، بولندا، أثيوبيا ، من 12 دولة ، 12 شعب ينتظر مصيره في تلك اللعبة لعبة النهايةأعترف أنني في مراجعاتي أستفيض كثيرا في وصف أحداث الروايات، وكنت أتمني أن أفعل ذلك اﻷن ولكن هذا صعبفكل ماسبق هو مجرد البداية ...وبعد ذلك تبدأ سلسلة طويلة من اﻷحداث المثيرة المتسارعة ، الالغاز والارقام وإحداثيات طول وعرض وعجائب الدنيا المختلفةهل تذكر رواية مراد الفيل الاحمق ودرجات الحرارة التي بلا معني في اﻷحداث...هنا العكس، ستجد أحداثيات وأرقام كلها عبارة عن بازل "لعبة أحجية" عملاق عليك حله لتفوز...وهو سيكون أمرا مرهقا إذا ما انتويت حل البازل بحق******************************** الشخصيات ***~~~~~~~~~~الرواية متعددة الشخصيات كل فصل من وجهة نظر شخصية أو أكثرمع 12 شخصية من جنسيات مختلفة، أعمار مختلفة ، طباع وأساليب مختلفةورمز مختلف يمثل قبيلتهم -يظهر في بداية كل فصل يضم أحدهمأغلب الفصول من منظور اكثر من شخصيتين..وستجد نفسك متحمسا للفصول التي يجتمع بها أكثر من شخصية في تجمعات غير متوقعة أحياناكل شخصية لها مساحة محترمة من اﻷحداث، ولكن يبرز منها -بهذا الجزء فقط علي الأقل- 4 لاعبين علي اﻷخص قد تعتبرهم هم الشخصيات الرئيسية"سارة ، جيكو ، تشيوكو وآان لو"بالاضافة إلي "كريستوفر" الصديق الحميم لأحدي اللاعبات "سارة" والذي يحاول أن يتعقبها ويظن أنه يمكنه مساعدتها بتلك اللعبة بالرغم من أن اﻷمر أخطر بكثير منه، وبالفعل يقع في الكثير من المشاكل ويعقد الأمور أكثر وأكثرولكنك فعلا ستلاحظ أنك متابع ومنتظر ما سيحدث لكل شخصية من ال12 لاعبا، من تسارع اﻷحداث ، وأهمية كل الشخصيات ، أعتقد أنك ستفاجأ مثلي مع كل حادث ينتج عنه مقتل أحد الشخصيات لا أعتقد أنك ستتوقع من يموت أولا ومن سيستمر للجزء التالي -ربما عدا فقط الشخصيات الأربعة فقط ذوي المساحة اﻷطول، ولكن حتي إذا وثقت في فرص نجاتهم...فإن تلك الثقة ستقل قبل نهاية الجزء اﻷولبمشهد الذروةClimax*************************** أسلوب الرواية ***~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~لا أنكر أنني كنت أشعر بشئ من الإستثقال في البدء حتي في الرواية، حيث أن الخيال العلمي واﻷكشن سويا ليسا لوني المفضل من القراءات ولكن تلك الرواية جذبتني فعلا منذ بدايتها وظل أعجابي بأحداثها يتزايد مع زيادة اﻷثارة واﻷدرينالين لديولن أخفي عليك أنني لم أستوعب حتي كيف يمكنني حل الأحجية"البازل" حتي اﻷن ولكن هذا لا يمنع علي الأطلاق إستمتاعك بأحداث الرواية حتي إن لم تدخل علي المواقع المشار لها باﻷحداثربط الرواية بمعلومات عن الظواهر الغريبة بالعالم كان ممتعا وإن كان يعيبها الإكتفاء بكتابة أسماء المدن أو اللغات أو حتي اسماء غريبة ومختلفة لحضارات حقيقية دون الإشارة ﻷسماء الدول الخاصة بها، وهذا كان مرهقا في القراءة بالنسبة لي حيث يجب أن أبحث عن كل أسم مدينة أو حضارة أو لغة ﻷعرف موقعها في العالم فبعكس دان براون مثلا حيث يشرح لك المعالم واللغات بشكل يفيد اﻷحداث ، وقد يجعلك تبحث عن المزيد بعد ذلك، فإن في حالة جيمس فراي فأنه يكتفي في أغلب الأحيان بذكر اﻷسم وكأنك ستعلم كل شئ بنفسك بعد ذلك ، وهذا قد يتطلب أحيانا وقف القراءة للبحث... حسنا، كما قلت الرواية تفاعلية...ربما كان ذلك مقصودافقد أحتجت البحث مثلا عن تلك الكنيسة العجيبة بأثيوبيا "كنيسة الصخرة" وجنود تيراكوتا بالصين .. أو حتي المزيد عن صخور ستونهنج بإنجلتراولكن ربط تلك العجائب الحقيقية بالعالم .. مع غرائب أغلبها أساطير حضرية كأسطورة الهرم الأبيض بالصين -والذي وجدته في أحد المواقع الألكترونية المشار إليها بالرواية- كان فعلا ممتازايظل فقط الأمور العجيبة كمثلا ديانة "هلال بن عيسي" الأثيوبي -أحد الشخصيات الهامة- هي خليط مبهم بين المسيحية والأسلام..بالطبع غير بعض الحضارات التي لم ابحث عنها بعدعدا ذلك فاللغة سهلة وسلسة ، اﻷحداث والمشاهد مرسومة بشكل سينمائي كأنك تشاهد فعلا فيلما سينمائيا مثيرا، لا إستفاضه في مشاهد معارك أو أكشن فارغة هدفها حشو السطور كما يحدث في أغلب أنواع تلك الرواياتأتذكر اني وقت إنهائي للرواية شعرت إنها تستحق 4 نجوم ، فقط للأثارة والتشويق...ولكن لم يعجبني الكثير من فكرة التفاعل بالبحث في مواقع وحل بازل صعب.. ولكن ايضا أذا ما قررت تقييم الرواية فقط كرواية مثيرة بغض النظر عن المواقع واللغز ستكون اكثر قليلا من 4 نجوم نظرا للأحداث المثيرة التي عايشتها ومازلت أتذكرها رغم إني أكتب تلك السطور اﻷخيرة من الريفيو في منتصف أكتوبر، بعد شهر ونصف من قراءة الروايةولكنها تظل ليست برواية سهلة، وقد تعجبك أكثر إذا كنت هاويا لذلك النوع من اﻷلغاز والرسومات وايضا بالبحث عن المزيد حول الرواية -حيث ستجد لها الكثير من المواقع التي قام بها القرّاء عن اللغز مما زاد من أعجابي بالرواية- ..فربما ستجد في "لعبة النهاية" كنزا تبحث وراءه ﻷيام وشهور، في حل اللغز والبازل والذي تم إعلان جائزة 500 ألف دولار من الذهب لمن يحل بازل الكتاب اﻷولمارأيك؟ من سيشارك بلعبة النهاية؟محمد العربي من 29 أغسطس 2015إلي 3 سبتمبر 2015-الريفيو في 15 أكتوبر 2015..وعذرا , فقد فاز أحدهم بالفعل بالذهب..فلنبحث عن حل أحجية الجزء الثاني إذن :)-

  • Christie
    2019-04-14 12:54

    Most people in the comments/reviews has even bothered to look into this book past a few sentences, and they will be proven wrong. They're mostly teenagers who don't even realize the dystopian genre was around long before Suzanne Collins and "The Hunger Games" - many (better) authors paved the way before her...Greats like Koushun Takami (Battle Royale), Stephen King (Running Man)... There have been many before and will be many after - there are over 100 dystopian fiction novels set to debut in the next year or so, and holding each of these books to the judgment of "ripping off the Hunger Games" is ridiculous, when The Hunger Games itself has been called nothing but a cheap imitation. Did that stop me from loving it? No. Personally, I am really into this kind of story, I have read so much dystopian fiction I feel like it's coming out my ears, and yet I somehow crave more. So while nerdy teenagers whine and "review" something they know nothing about and can't be bothered to understand the origins of - you know that the good will far outweigh the bad and silence the cry of the poor, misunderstood tween generation with their cat .gifs.If you take one thing from this review - let it be that any serious "review" should not be explained and justified in .gifs.

  • Navessa
    2019-03-30 12:53

  • Lindsay Cummings
    2019-04-05 14:44

    Honestly one of the BEST books I've ever read.I know many of you will say, "hold It's a Hunger Games copy!" And I thought the same thing when I first saw the description. And then I realized that this is WAY more like a super dangerous, super deadly Amazing Race type of story, heavily rooted in aliens and science fiction. The story is told from several different characters POVS, all of which are from all over the world---and all of which are killers, trained so well in not only physicality, but puzzles, technology, languages, etc. They makes James Bond look like a little girl.When a massive asteroid attack happens on planet earth, in several parts of the world, 12 Players (teens who have trained their entire lives for "Endgame", they know that it's their time. They must Play. Playing means traveling to one location, where an alien being gives them each their own unique clues. The first step to winning Endgame? Find Earth Key. Which can literally be ANYWHERE on the planet. This book is incredibly dark, incredibly twisted, and incredibly UNLIKE anything I've ever read. I went into it thinking I'd hate it, and I actually was floored by how well done it was.I'm not a big fan of James Frey and the controversies surrounding him, but I must say I was incredibly impressed by the work he and Nils-Johnson Shelton did together. ENDGAME reads like a movie script, present-tense, and incredibly different. Much like UNWIND, you are in the reader's head, but from a 3rd person perspective. It's very very cool--- trust me, you'll be hooked.I found myself unable to put this book down, and I'm dying for the second one. I also have no idea how to solve the puzzle that goes along with the book, because I'm not a genius. And I think only a genius could solve it! The book is filled with strange clues and phrases and numbers and symbols, which is intriguing in itself. I think it's going to kick butt on the YA market.

  • Hannah (The Irish Banana Review)
    2019-04-07 15:04

    My issues with James Frey aside (hey, we've all made huge, colossal mistakes, but just avoided being called out by Oprah), I gave this book a chance. Maybe because it was in shiny gold packaging and I was blinded by the pretty.IT HAPPENS, OK? Shiny things distract me!But after reading - OK, not exactly. A friend of mine stood in the middle of our hotel room and read aloud the preface. I had an open mind here, people. I DID.And then I realized I had heard this story before.No, not Hunger Games. I'm taking it way old school. This book was straight up Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. You know, the book Dickens was paid to write by word so it has endless comparisons and metaphors and ... Yeah. So, in the honor of that form of story-telling, here is my review:It was the worst of books. It was the best of - No, wait. I'm lying.Let's try this again:It was confusing, silly, infantile, juvenile (and not in the fun YA-way), wordy, pompous, perplexing, arrogant, bewildering, hopeless, hopeful, brave, weak, and uninspiring.It is the book that makes me want to forget the English language.Or any language.This is a story - one you may have heard before - that has been told better.But that is all right. Because you will persevere. You will embrace this book and all it holds because you are strong, fearless, timid, scared, blessed, cursed, loved, hated, and-Seriously. Is anyone still reading this review?*crickets*I do urge you to read the prologue/preface/whatever. It will be 3 of the funniest pages you've ever read. But then run - do not walk - away.

  • Sandra [the fucking book fairy]
    2019-04-08 17:46

    Finally, I was able to finish this huge book! It wasn't because it wasn't good, but it was because of the lack of time I have reading this January. Which sucked so bad. I am upset that I couldn't even sit on a book for an hour, or even 30 minutes. Anyways.In a lot of ways, this book was good. Great even. But why only 3 stars?1. I hate stupid love triangles. The end of the world is coming and you get to think about boys? Or girls? I just don't get why it has to be there.2. It dragged too long on some parts while cutting off on some.3. Too many damn characters.Inspite of a the annoying stuff in this book, I still felt it was good for the most part, most especially the interactivity that the readers experience while reading the book. It was phenomenal. I wish more books were like this.A lot of people compare it to the hunger games, let me assure you that this book is nothing like the hunger games. There would be similarities, but not as much as people fear it would be. It's not even a big big similarity, just numbers. To be honest, this is not even a dystopian book. It is what is going on before, the world becomes a dystopian book. And this book thoroughly explains how and what is happening. It doesn't let the readers guess what the fuck happened with the world. It lets you in on the secret bit by bit. The world building was just great. I loved it. It was brutal. Lots of the encounters the players had with each other were freakin' brutal. This book is more for older readers I think.This book is definitely not for everyone. Especially how this book is told, would piss off a lot of the readers. There are a lot of POVs on the third person which could cause confusion at times, but I was good with it. I felt it was necessary.Soooo. That's all for now. I wish I get my laptop back soon so I could write a more detailed review.

  • Callie Rose Tyler
    2019-04-03 13:02

    Boycott Full Fathom FiveFiction Factory

  • Kostas Papadatos
    2019-04-17 13:59

    12 παίκτες.Ένα παιχνίδι. 12 παίκτες όπου ο ρόμποκοπ μπροστά τους φαντάζει λόγιος και η Σελήνη απο τη λάμψη του Φώσκολου μοιάζει με νομπελίστα.12 παίκτες ούγκα-μπούγκα, απόγονοι αρχαίων πολιτισμών που επιλέχτηκαν να σώσουν τον κόσμο(απλά την κάτσαμε).Ένα απο τα χειρότερα βιβλία που διάβασα φέτος.Η πλοκή προβλέψιμη και η γραφή του συγγραφέα κάκιστη, γεμάτη αδέξιες και εκνευριστικές περιγραφές. Οι ήρωες του βιβλίου? είναι τόσο γραφικοί όσο γραφικά είναι και τα Μετέωρα,οι διάλογοι δε,προσφέρουν αφθονο γέλιο,ένας εξ αυτών (ο Κινέζος) βγάζει κάτι άναρθρες κραυγές τύπου μπλινκ και μπρρ ανάμεσα απο τις λέξεις και ένας άλλος όταν καταφέρνει και σχηματίζει πρόταση είναι του στυλ..εγώ σκοτώσει ,αιμα,ουγκ,μεταφέροντάς μας μαγικά στη σιλούρια περίοδο και τον αυστραλοπίθηκο.Απογοήτευση ,ένα βιβλίο γεμάτο φτηνούς εντυπωσιασμούς,κλισέ και φτηνά τοπικά στερεότυπα.Πολλοί θα πουν οτι το τέλος σώζει λίγο την κατάσταση..οοόχι φίλοι μου,όταν αποφάσισε ο συγγραφέας να σοβαρευτεί και να γράψει έναν διάλογο της προκοπής,εγώ ήδη έκλαιγα σε εμβρυική στάση στο μπάνιο μου εξαιτίας αυτών που διάβαζα.Δε περιγράφω άλλο..

  • Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
    2019-04-24 15:45

    This is a shitty book by a shitty, deceptive, and unethical man who lied to make millions with his "memoir" and uses his production company Full Fathom Five to make other writers put out books like Dorothy Must Die and the I Am Number Four books on shitty, unfair contracts. And none of the books are even good. I've tried. This is normally not the kind of review or rant I'd write because I grew out of it a while back, but everything about this man, what he does, and what he will be able to continue doing because the books from his writer's sweatshop keep hitting bestseller lists makes me so fucking angry.I read the first chapter of this novel on a whim when the cover was revealed this morning and it made me cringe something fierce. Some choice quotes:Marcus Loxias Megalos is bored. He cannot remember a time before the boredom. School is boring. Girls are boring. Football is boring. Especially when his team, his favorite team, Fenerbahçe, is losing, as they are now, to Manisaspor.The first paragraph, ladies and gentlemen. Looks like it'll be well-written, right? Not all tell and stupid shit? No wait, I have it backwards.Marcus wears baggy black gym shorts and is shirtless. His 24 ribs show through his tanned skin. His arms are sinewy and hard. His breathing is easy. His stomach is taut and his hair is close-cropped and black and his eyes are green.Really? He has 24 ribs? Scintillating information! Moreover, this is a hilariously sloppy description of a character written in stilted sentences and run-ons.He smiles. Marcus has trained all of his life for this moment. When he wasn't training, he was dreaming of the Calling. All the visions of destruction that his teenage mind concocted could not touch what Marcus has witnessed tonight. A meteor destroying a soccer stadium and killing 50,000 people. The legends said it would be a grand announcement. For once, the legends have become a beautiful reality....A meteor?Also, some telling wording from the New York Times' short announcement/article about the deal for this novel:The publisher announced Wednesday that Frey’s production company, Full Fathom Five, will turn out three novels and nine novellas.His production company, Full Fathom Five. Not him. He's still making others do his work and keeping the money for himself.I hate this book and hope it doesn't get coverage on many book blogs even if 99% of the ones covering it are saying it's a shitty book and people shouldn't read it. That would just fuel sales/publicity. Not quite the same to vent about it on Goodreads.

  • Blythe
    2019-04-22 18:48

    so is Marcus bored, or...? Ugh, this is too much.

  • Anna
    2019-03-30 18:06

    Τα κατάφερα. Δεν το άφησα. Παρόλο που πέρασε πάνω από μήνας, μου πήρε 10,23 πραγματικές μέρες για να το τελειώσω. Δηλαδή 245,52 ώρες, δηλαδή 14731,20 λεπτά. Διαβάζοντας 50,42 σελίδες την ώρα οι πραγματικές ώρες ανάγνωσης είναι 11,74, ήτοι 704,48 λεπτά. Τα χρόνια εξάσκησης στην ανάγνωση μου έδιναν δύναμη να συνεχίσω μία σελίδα κάθε φορά. Οι μύες των βολβών των ματιών μου κινούνταν αθόρυβα και μετέφεραν το μήνυμα στον εγκέφαλο, που αυτός το μετέτρεπε σε νοηματικό περιεχόμενο. Αυτό είναι το Endgame. Έπρεπε να το τελειώσω....Και για να σοβαρευτούμε...Το βασικό θέμα του βιβλίου το έχουμε ξαναδεί: ο κόσμος κινδυνεύει με καταστροφή και 12 εκπρόσωποι των παλιότερων πολιτισμών αναλαμβάνουν να τον σώσουν, παίζοντας ένα ιδιότυπο παιχνίδι μεταξύ τους, όπου αναζητούν στοιχεία, κλειδιά, κλπ και πρέπει να ξεπαστρέψουν ο ένας τον άλλο ώσπου να μείνει μόνο ένας. Το εκπληκτικό με αυτό το βιβλίο είναι ότι παραθέτει αναφορές στο ίντερνετ (βίντεο, βιβλία, google maps τοποθεσιών, και πολλές άλλες πληροφορίες) προκειμένου ο αναγνώστης να λύσει ένα γρίφο και να κερδίσει το έπαθλο των 50.000 $. Ταυτόχρονα, παρατίθενται και άλλες ατάκες, εικόνες, γενικά το βιβλίο είναι διαδραστικό και αυτό μου άρεσε πολύ. Επίσης μου άρεσε πολύ ότι γίνεται αναλυτική αναφορά σε αυτούς τους 12 παλιούς πολιτισμούς και οι αναγνώστες που τους ενδιαφέρουν αυτά τα θέματα (εμένα δηλαδή) τους δίνει έτοιμες πολλές πληροφορίες για περαιτέρω έρευνα.Το background του βιβλίου λοιπόν μου άρεσε πάρα πολύ, το βρήκα εξαιρετικά ενδιαφέρον και αυτή η διαδραστικότητα ελπίζω να συνεχιστεί και σε άλλα βιβλία Και για το λόγο αυτό του έδωσα ένα αστεράκι παραπάνω από ό,τι αξίζει η υπόθεση: Η οποία είναι χάλια....Παρακολουθούμε τις προσπάθειες των 12 παικτών να λύσουν το γρίφο τους και να προχωρήσουν παρακάτω και, έχοντας να διαλέξω από 12 πρωταγωνιστές, για πρώτη φορά νομίζω σε βιβλίο ότι τους αντιπάθησα όλους! Νομίζω ότι με χαρά στο τέλος θα δεχόμουν μια χειροβομβίδα που κάποιος πέταξε να τους σκότωσε όλους και .. the end. Θα ήταν μάλιστα happy end (δεν κάνω σπόιλερ, επιβιώνουν αρκετοί γιατί έχει και συνέχεια η σειρά!!) Ποιο ήταν λοιπόν το πρόβλημα; Καταρχήν οι 12 παίκτες είναι βλαμμένοι. Έχουν εκπαιδευτεί να είναι φονικές μηχανές, ξέρουν 152 πολεμικές τέχνες ο καθένας, ξέρουν να πιλοτάρουν τρένα, αεροπλάνα, ελικόπτερα, αυτοκίνητα, μηχανές, πατίνια, υποβρύχια, ξέρουν να χακάρουν e-mail, να εντοπίζουν τους εχθρούς τους, έχουν από 10 πλαστά διαβατήρια, σκαρφαλώνουν βουνά, πηδάνε λίμνες, αλλά όσοι δεν είναι Αμερικάνοι ΔΕΝ ΞΕΡΟΥΝ ΑΓΓΛΙΚΑ και μιλάνε σαν καθυστερημένοι μετανάστες: "Εγκό σκοτώσει εσένα αν δεν πει πού είναι το ντίσκο. Κατάλαβες; Πες ναι;" Ο ηλίθιος τρόπος με τον οποίο ξεκίνησα την κριτική μου είναι περίπου ο τρόπος με τον οποίο είναι γραμμένο το βιβλίο. Μικρές προτάσεις, εκνευριστικά μικρές μάλιστα. 12 ούγκανοι λοιπόν προσπαθούν να σώσουν τον κόσμο, σκοτώνοντας ο ένας τον άλλο. Δυστυχώς κάποιοι επιβιώνουν και εξακολουθούν να ζουν ανάμεσά μας. Κρίμα γιατί η αρχική ιδέα ήταν πολύ καλή, η υλοποίηση μάπα. Σχολικό πρότζεκτ ΕΠΑΛ νομίζω ότι θα μπορούσε να γράψει καλύτερους διαλόγους....

  • Nikoleta
    2019-04-25 14:52

    Σε αυτό το βιβλίο γίνεται ένας μεγάλος χαμός. Από πού να ξεκινήσω. Καταρχήν έχει 12 ήρωες και ο συγγραφέας αποφάσισε να κάνει την αφήγηση πολυπρόσωπη και με τους 12! Για να πετύχει ένα τέτοιο εγχείρημα πρέπει ο συγγραφέας να έχει μεγάλες ικανότητες κάτι που ο συγκεκριμένος δεν έχει σε καμία περίπτωση. Πρώτον, το πρόσωπο που μιλάει αλλάζει κάθε 2-3 σελίδες, γεγονός που σε μπερδεύει κ δεν θυμάσαι τι και ποιος, ειδικά μέχρι να μάθεις κ να συγκρατείς στη μνήμη σου και τους 12 (κάτι που παίζει να μη συμβεί και καθόλου καθ'όλη τη διάρκεια της ανάγνωσης). Επίσης δεν συνδέεσαι συναισθηματικά με κανέναν ηρώα, αυτό συμβαίνει για 2 λόγους: επειδή είναι πολλοί, όπως ήδη είπαμε, αλλά κ επειδή η αφήγηση είναι άτσαλή βιαστική, κοφτή και μου θυμίζει πάρα πάρα πολύ κακογραμμένο αστυνομικό βιβλίο τσέπης, ας βάλω ένα παράδειγμα:«Εξίσου γλυκό, αλλά πιο θανάσιμο.Αυτό είναι το δικό του Endgame.Και δεν είναι δύσκολο.Είναι εύκολο.Διασκεδαστικό.(…)ΠΑΡΕ ΣΚΟΤΩΣΕ ΚΕΡΔΙΣΕ.(…)Ναι.Αυτό σημαίνει.Ο Μπαιτσακάν ξέρει.»Υπόψη, δεν μιλάει κάποιο αυτιστικό, ούτε κανένας σαραντάρης πληρωμένος δολοφόνος αλλά ένα 13χρονο παιδί.Επίσης γιατί επαναλαμβάνει συνέχεια τα ονόματα τους όταν κάνουν ή σκέπτονται κάτι; Π.χ.«Ο Χιλάλ βλέπει, χαμογελάει, σηκώνεται.Ο Χιλαλ ξέρει.Ο Χιλάλ καταλαβαίνει.»Πωωωωωωωω... πραγματικά αυτή η αφήγηση, αυτή η γραφή, πάει την βλακεία σε άλλο επίπεδο.Α, κ κάτι άλλο, οι χαρακτήρες ήταν τόσο μονοδιάστατοι, επιφανειακοί, γεμάτοι κλισέ, του τύπου φονικές μηχανές, δίψα για αίμα, επαγγελματίες, ψυχροί κ.λ.π. πφφ….Πάμε στα καλά, -ναι έχει και από αυτά- πλοκή γρήγορη, εκπληκτική δράση, δεν σου επιτρέπει να βαρεθείς, η υπόθεση είναι πολύ καλή, έχει αγωνία, και πολύ σασπένς. Κ ενώ δεν παίζει να λύσει άνθρωπος το γρίφο, (πραγματικά δεν σου δίνει αυτή τη δυνατότητα,βασικά δεν σου δίνει καν όλα τα στοιχειά αφού οι περισσότεροι ήρωες τα κρατούν για τον εαυτό τους, οπότε μας δουλεύει ψιλό γαζί όταν διαφημίζει ότι λύνεται) είναι πολύ διασκεδαστικό να ακολουθείς τους ήρωες στην αναζήτηση τους.Τελευταίο και κλείνω, πραγματικά παίρνει από εμένα ένα επιπλέον αστεράκι μόνο κ μόνο για τα δυο τελευταία κεφάλαια, που μου άρεσαν πάρα πολύ.

  • Μaria Vrisanaki
    2019-04-01 16:43

    Παρότι οι ικανότητες των παικτών ήταν λίγο έως πολύ (εντάξει, βασικά πάρα πολύ) υπερβολικές (μέχρι και σφαίρες στον αέρα θα ήταν ικανοί να πιάσουν), η ιστορία δεν με έκανε λεπτό να βαρεθώ. Ξεκίνησε δυναμικά και συνέχισε έτσι μέχρι και το τέλος. Επίσης λάτρεψα τον Ολμέκο! <3

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-28 19:04

    You can read this review and more on my blogI received this book to review from Bookworld for the Reader Rewards programIn a nutshell: I’ve not read anything quite like Endgame: The Calling before. It was intense and intriguing to an extent but it did not work for me personally.While it is reminiscent of thrilling dystopian books such as The Hunger Games and Battle Royale, Endgame: The Calling is actually quite different. Its concept is an original and complex one. The book is also unique in the way that it weaves a puzzle throughout for the reader to solve. I couldn’t make much sense of this aspect of the book myself but it is something I’ve not seen before in fiction. I did not enjoy this book very much but I can already tell that it’s going to be big.I wasn’t as hooked as other readers but I can see how others would be engaged throughout this book. With the short chapters and simple writing style, it is a fairly quick read despite its length. Particularly towards the end of the book, the pacing picks up and things become more extreme leading to the climax. The action, bloodshed and intensity will hold appeal to fans of the genre.I went into the book with an open mind and I do tend to enjoy books from the dystopia/sci-fi genre. However, I was never truly engaged in the story. I didn’t feel like it was always clear what was happening and I was unsure on a few plot points. There are also a lot of characters and while I appreciated the range of cultures, I did struggle to keep track of who was who. Personally I wasn’t invested in the story enough and I felt detached from the characters. Honestly, I simply did not care about them. I also struggled with the writing style. It was easy to read but I was not fond of the short choppy quality to the majority of the sentences.Endgame: The Calling was not a particularly enjoyable read for me personally but I can see how other readers will feel the opposite way. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy intense and thrilling reads and anyone after a good puzzle to solve.Initial Thoughts:I'll be posting a full review here closer to the book's release date but basically, I didn't like this book very much. I was pleased to find that it wasn't as similiar to The Hunger Games as people have assumed. It was different, especially with the code thing throughout (not that I could make any sense of it) and intriguing in a sense. I just didn't like the writing style or characters very much, and was never really invested in the story so it was a struggle to get through. I've seen other people enjoy it and I can understand why but it didn't work for me personally.Disclaimer: I'm aware of the controversy surrounding James Frey and honestly, I dislike what I've read about him. Yet, I received this book from Bookworld as part of their Reader Rewards program and I'm reviewing the book and not its author.

  • Dannii Elle
    2019-04-20 17:03

    I want to add a disclaimer here that I didn't realise the controversy surrounding the author before purchasing the book and, had I done so, I probably would not have ever read this. My review is based on my enjoyable experience of this book alone, regardless of who penned it. I am not supporting or overlooking his questionable actions but am simply not allowing them to influence my enjoyment. That being said, I certainly won't be purchasing another book by James Frey and am glad that I have the rest of this series already bought second-hand.This book has been compared to The Hunger Games as though it is a forgery of the legendary dystopian tale. I don't see it. There are factors that link the two, with the main one being the sacrificing of teenagers for the good of the world, but enough about the books are dissimilar to lead this to being a drastically different read.Twelve players from twelve ancient family lines compete in one puzzle to save themselves from the impending destruction of the world. Alliances are made and bonds are formed but the twelve know that, ultimately, there can only be one winner. Clues and keys to deciphering the cryptic puzzle that will save them are strewn across the globe and the reader is invited into the intrigue and excitement as well-known geography and historical fact is incorporated in amongst the fiction of the tale.And this is just once facet of the book that actively employs the reader in the tale. A real-world puzzle is also set out with a $500,000 prize for the winner, a mobile game has been made, and a stream of webpages created to involve the reader further into Endgame. The interactive elements of this book are what makes it such an exciting and innovative read.The actual story is just as intoxicating! It is a whirlwind of insanity, action and riddles. Misleading clues and misguided attempts at conquering the puzzle make the plot's trajectory constantly unguessable and the cryptograms and conundrums were, at least for me, unsolvable.My only negative was the sensational form of writing that tended to get a little irritating after long periods of reading. However, my enjoyment of every other element of this far outweighed my one small gripe and makes me eager and excited to read the next instalment.

  • Danielle.
    2019-03-27 20:56

    I had know idea this is the author behind I Am Number Four!I'm fucking shocked; a few years ago I read A Million Little Pieces and absolutely hated it. Wasn't surprised when I found out that "memoir" was all a lie. Now this book is in the process of being released when it's a rip off of the Hunger Games when that's a rip off of Battle Royale... My head hurts.

  • Juliana Zapata
    2019-04-01 18:10

    Yo ya conocía el estilo de este autor y es de todo mi gusto, un libro enigmático y sangriento. Una historia con mucha acción que plantea mil preguntas y da pocas respuestas. Siempre he creído en los extraterrestres y en las teorías conspirativas y este es un libro que desarrolla muy bien esta temática. Reseña Completa:

  • Neil (or bleed)
    2019-04-12 19:13

    I knew you were *insert a familiar book here* when you walked in.

  • Vicky Ziliaskopoulou
    2019-04-04 17:08

    Τελικά μου άρεσε. Είχα διαβάσει αμφιλεγόμενες κριτικές αλλά εμένα μου άρεσε. Έχει κάποια σημεία που μπορούν να σου σπάσουν τα νεύρα (όπως ο τρόπος που περιγράφει τα τικ ενός από τους παίχτες), αλλά σε γενικές γραμμές είναι καλό. Θετικά: είναι ωραίο σαν ιδέα. Δώδεκα αρχαίοι πολιτισμοί που επιβιώνουν στους αιώνες, ένα μέλος από τον κάθε πολιτισμό διδάσκεται και μεγαλώνει ώστε να αποτελεί μια πολεμική μηχανή (από μόνο του). Όταν "Αυτοί" αποφασίσουν, και τα δώδεκα αυτά άτομα θα κληθούν να πάρουν μέρος σε μια μάχη με έναν μόνο νικητή, με έπαθλο την επιβίωση της φυλής του. Όλοι οι υπόλοιποι άνθρωποι θα καταστραφούν. Επίσης έχει ωραίο λόγο και στρωτή γραφή σε γενικές γραμμές. Και μου άρεσε που εκτυλίσσεται σε όλη τη γη και όχι σε ένα μόνο μέρος. Αρνητικά: Διηγείται την ιστορία μέσω δώδεκα διαφορετικών ατόμων. Συγγνώμη, λάθος. Έχουμε και τους παρατρεχάμενους κάποιων εκ των πρωταγωνιστών, οπότε ο αριθμός ανεβαίνει. Και εγώ έχω πρόβλημα: δεν μπορώ να θυμηθώ πολλά ονόματα, χάνω τη μπάλα. Και έχω και χειρότερο: εκτός από το όνομα του κάθε παίχτη τον αναφέρει πολύ συχνά και με το όνομά της φυλής του, συνεπώς τα ονόματα που πρέπει να θυμάμαι ανεβαίνουν αυτόματα στα εικοσιτέσσερα (24 !!! ) χωρίς να μετρήσω τους παρατρεχάμενους. Οκ, παραδίνομαι, έγραψα σημειώσεις σε ένα χαρτί και το χρησιμοποίησα για σελιδοδείκτη. Επίσης σε κάποια σημεία που περιέγραφε μάχες ήταν υπερβολικός, ειδικά ως προς τις ικανότητες των παιχτών. Και βρίσκω υπερβολική τη διαβάθμιση των ηλικιών των παιχτών. Αλλά τέλος πάντων.Σε γενικές γραμμές ήταν καλό, αρκετά καλό ώστε να θελήσω να διαβάσω και τον δεύτερο τόμο ειδικά αν σκεφτείς ότι βρίσκω υπερβολικά τα δυστοπικά μυθιστορήματα.Update: Το ξαναδιάβασα τώρα που έχω όλη την τριλογία στα χέρια μου επειδή δεν θυμόμουν τίποτα σχεδόν...Στη δεύτερη ανάγνωση μου φάνηκε καλύτερο από την πρώτη.Η άποψή μου για την τριλογία (συνολικά) είναι εδώ:

  • Nara
    2019-04-06 19:54

    Before you all go yelling about it in comments, yes, I know about the FFF/James Frey thing. I thought I'd still give this book a go, because I like to separate the author from the book. I did the same thing with Ender's Game.Well, in this case, really there was no need to separate the author from the book because this book was just the worst. Congratulations, Endgame: The Calling. You get the award for being my first DNF book of 2014.I think the main problem I had with Endgame is that there are way too many points of view. Twelve is just ridiculous, and the author is really just unable to handle them all adequately. Frey switches too quickly between the povs for the reader to really be able to connect with any of them, especially because the characters are so poorly developed. The entire premise didn’t really make sense to me. I feel like things should have been explained in a bit more detail or something, because the whole “twelve lines of humanity” and each having one member to “fight” for the survival of the line? Um, whut. Please explain how, when, why.The writing itself is pretty poor quality as well. It has a feeling of almost being more of a script than a novel- it’s very overt in stating everything, with complete disregard of the classic “show don’t tell”. The dialogue seems pretty cliched and cheesy at times, and the plot is very chaotic.Minor point that annoyed me nonetheless: there’s an Australian character, and that character would say "mate" at the end of every phrase. STAHP IT.Well, shaky premise, terrible world building and poor handling of multiple points of view- I’m certainly not continuing on with this series.DNF at page 211, i.e. 45%

  • Michelle Arrow
    2019-04-16 16:52

    This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!Don’t fucking call this a rip-off or a knockoff-read of The Hunger Games or else I’ll seriously punch you. Okay, I’m not making a threat here, haha, I’m just kidding. But really, the haters need to back off. Just because the summary makes it sound like there’s a game and in order for there to be one winner, everyone has to die, THAT DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING, OKAY? This book was honestly fucking amazing—and here is a long list of reasons why this isn't like THG in any way:1. This doesn’t have ONE protagonist—there’s many protagonists, basically one per every Player.Basically, we don’t have a Katniss Everdeen here. There are so many characters here who we get a least a few chapters of thoughts of to really get to know them. It was actually really easy to remember who they were because Frey and Johnson-Shelton created such memorable characters.2. This wasn’t your average dystopian world where everyone’s poor and there’s Factions or Districts or whatever.In a way, this is like a present-based atmosphere with the Endgame there to balance the population. In fact for Sarah, she was at her graduating ceremony when the meteor hit, so like, yes this was very believable. Piano lessons and soccer and high schoolwere a thing in this book. 3. It wasn’t all about killing everyone and being the last one left.Here, you have to find the Earth Key and the Sky Key and the keys in order to achieve your winning. And if you die, it’s not only your soul that dies—it’s every single person in your bloodline. Imagine if you were part of the biggest bloodline in the world and something happens…And yes, those are just some of the ways how it differs. But it’s a completely different novel and I just want to throw my head against the nearest wall when I see people hating on it. Endgame was such a racing and captivating novel that I devoured in one sitting, remembering that it’s such a long book.You see, you’d think that the key idea of this would be really difficult to understand as there’s many POVs and locations and everything—but this was my kind of novel. There’re puzzles and mysteries and after finishing it, I feel so dumb, especially since there’s some repetition pattern and puzzle that the authors want the public to solve for a grand prize of $500,000. Like really, how amazing is that? So every once in a while when the population is too high for the world to hold or when there’s too much war, the Endgame begins. You don’t know when, and you never expect it to happen, but there’s always people training and getting ready. You’re eligible when you’re ages 13 to in your twenties, and after that, you can go on with your life living normally. All 12 Players never saw it coming, but they were chosen randomly. There are 12 different bloodlines in the world, and each Player comes from one of them. Die or lose the Endgame, your entire bloodline dies as well. It’s as simple as that. And all you need to do is search the world, looking for the keys and solve the puzzle."He has a new friend. The beautiful Player of the 233rd. A new friend. Maybe more."It’s been a little over a week since I finished this (as I’m writing this review) and I still can’t get my thoughts together. As I’m seeing my friends in school, I feel like all I’m talking about is this book and how they should read it. I even heard that a MOVIE may be coming out for this one? It’s already got so much fame in such little time, and I’m clapping my hands rapidly as I feel so proud for that matter hehe.Okay—so this is such a kick-ass story.You have 12 teenagers who basically get to travel the world to win a game, wherever they’d like to. They all come from different races, countries, cultures, and they meet in China where everything begins. I guess you can say that they all have their own special talents—there’s even a bomb maker. Now you can really realize and accept the fact that your talent can help you. ;)It was so amazing because as you’re in the middle half of the book, you sincerely realize that someone will get the Earth Key and you’re wondering who it’ll be… And the theories begin sprouting up in your mind. I KIND OF SAW IT COMING BUT THEN IT WAS LIKE THEY STOLE IT. They basically ran and grabbed it from someone who sincerely needed it and then they killed that person. AND I LOVED THAT PERSON!After I finished reading, I originally thought of this to be a 4.5 star rating for me as there were some dull moments in the middle, but then I thought about how the ending made up for it and how much I really adored and became obsessed with the book. This is probably going to be one of the best books of the year coming from me.My favourite character was Chiyoko. She was so kick-ass and worked so well on her own, not needing Sarah or some other guy with her. (BUT HER LOVE WITH AN-LIU, THOUGH!) Really, Frey and Johnson-Shelton both created amazing character-development and even KILLED OFF SUCH AMAZING CHARACTERS LIKE IT WAS NO BIG DEAL. But that’s a little better, because we never saw it coming, unlike THG."As she says that, a part of Sarah hopes it isn't true. She hopes this is just a wild teenage whim and that she's no actually falling for Jago. Falling in love with a rival would be about the worst thing that could happen. But then they kiss. And kiss. And kiss. And Sarah forgets."AHH OMG SARAH AND JAGO WERE SO CUTE. And remember that checking scene and Sarah blushing and wanting to see more?I began fanning myself.Too bad she had an obsessive addicted psychopath guy at her shoulders stalking her because she left him for good and he loves her too much. Some people have to let go, no? So this book was perfect and gorgeous and fast-paced and I was left shocked at the end of every chapter. Frey and Johnson-Shelton are such amazing writers, and I'd pay a million dollars to get a peek at the sequel, because I just can't wait. 2015 is going to be an amazing year for great books, I can already tell. I'LL BE AT THE MOVIE PREMIERE ON THE RED CARPET, PEOPLE.

  • Mizuki
    2019-04-24 12:44

    The Chinese translation is out there, to read or not to read?Edited@10/02/2016:I found out the questionable things James Frey and his infamous publish house had done in the past (including but not limited to publishing I Am Number. 4, which is a huge crime in my eyes), so no, I'm not going to read it. No need to read a Hunger Games clone.

  • Michael
    2019-04-03 13:48

    WHAT? What is this f**kery? I did not sign up for this mind blowing story with twists and turns that I can't even keep up with. I did not sign up to feel so many feels. I need the rest of this series. Now please. Read this book. And then tune into the BookHunters liveshow on January 31st so I can rant and answer questions and share the emotions.

  • Tanja Voosen
    2019-04-26 19:54

    BuchgestaltungGlänzend und aus Gold und ein richtiger Eyecatcher. Also an der Gestaltung habe ich echt nichts auszusetzen. Ich finde es richtig cool, dass auf dem Cover kleine Worte eingearbeitet sind, die etwas mit der Geschichte zu tun haben. Und Endgame ist das Spiel, um das es geht, also passt der Name natürlich auch sehr gut.MeinungIch weiß ja nicht, ob es euch so ergeht, wenn ihr ENDGAME hört, aber ich wusste nicht wirklich, wie ich mir das Buch vorstellen kann. Besonders die Erwähnung von gefühlten 4000 Rätseln in Zusammenhang mit dem neuen Hype haben bei mir für ordentlich Verwirrung gesorgt, also lasst mich das mal kurz ein wenig erklären. In Endgame stammen die 12 Figuren von verschiedenen Meteoriten, die im Grunde so wie unsere Welt sind. Dort gibt es eben diese 12 Familien, die eine neue Weltordnung vor vielen Jahren errichtet haben, wodurch die Blutlinien dieser Spieler eben etwas Besonderes sind. Endgame ist nun ein Spiel, in dem 12 Abkömmlinge zur Erde geschickt werden und sich auf die Suche nach drei Schlüsseln machen, um Endgame zu gewinnen. Der Beginn des Buches beschäftigt sich bis S. 120 circa mit der Vorstellung der vielen Personen und danach beginnt das Spiel.Genaue Informationen bleiben aus. Schocker. Nein, im Ernst, das hat mich nun wirklich überrascht. Als Leser kann man sich schwer ein Bild vom Setting machen. Man erfährt nicht, was genau es mit den 12 Familien auf sich hat und worin der Sinn von Endgame eigentlich liegt. Ziehen wir jetzt einmal den Vergleich zu Panem, dann sieht man sehr deutlich, dass Endgame nur ein schwaches Gerüst ist, dem es an Bausteinen mangelt, die es stärken. Ich hatte befürchtet, es würde etliche Parallelen zu anderen Büchern geben, aber die gab es tatsächlich kaum. Der Klappentext lässt vermuten, dass es sich hierbei um ein spannendes, blutiges Abenteuer handelt, aber die Realität sieht etwas anders aus. Zu Anfang stören einen der Mangel an Informationen wirklich extrem. Natürlich muss ein Autor bei einer Reihe nicht immer alles preis geben, aber hier war alles wirr und unglaublich schlecht beschrieben. Man hat im Grunde eine kleine Ahnung, wie wo wer, aber mehr auch nicht. Während des Lesen hat mich das immer wieder gestört und genervt. Ich meine, ein solches Konzept MUSS einfach auch eines sein. Man MUSS verstehen können, wieso es Endgame gibt. Man MUSS begreifen können, wieso die Figuren diesen Weg gehen. Und nein, das hat nichts mit mangelnder Intelligenz oder fehlender Logik oder dergleichen zu tun. Es gab einfach KEINE Informationen und fertig. Man kann sich fast 600 Seiten dumm und dämlich lesen und ist am Ende nicht schlauer.Und wo wir schon bei schlau sind. Im Buch gibt es unendlich viele Fußnoten, die sich auf ein Glossar am Ende des Buches beziehen. Dort steht eine ellenlange Liste an Links, die man via Internet abrufen kann. Im Buch selber befinden sich Bilder, die ebenfalls Rätsel darstellen sollen. Ich war schon immer ein Fan von Rätseln, aber das alles fand ich um es mal ehrlich zu sagen schwachsinnig. Das Buch gibt einem einen Haufen Hinweise, die nicht mehr sind. Gerne könnt ihr mich jetzt eines besseren belehren und mir vorzeigen, was ich alles „nicht verstanden“ habe, aber ich bin der Meinung, dass die vielen kryptischen Andeutungen letzten Endes nichts weiter sind als das: Andeutungen. Ich glaube nicht, dass irgendjemand durch die Welt reisen und irgendetwas lösen wird. Dass das alles eine einzige Farce ist, nicht mehr.Der Schreibstil im Roman war grauenhaft. Ich bewerte oft Bücher aufgrund ihrer Geschichte schlecht, aber hier könnte man ungelogen auch nur einen Stern geben, weil der Schreibstil so schlecht ist. Mal abgesehen davon, dass die Charaktere unaussprechliche Namen haben und man sie alle nicht voneinander unterscheiden kann, ist James Freys Stil kaum erträglich. Er wiederholt bis die Augen bluten. Er hackt die Sätze ab. Er beschreibt nichts und er gibt nichts. Noch nie bin ich einem Buch begegnet, das so wenig Atmosphäre hatte wie Endgame. Der Mangel an Informationen gepaart mit dem Schreibstil waren eine Tortour für mich. Spannung wollte nicht aufkommen und ich fühlte mich bloß wie ein stumpfer, leerer Beobachter eines Desasters, dass man aus gleich zwölf Perspektiven erleben durfte.Nun gut, um ehrlich zu sein weiß ich nicht einmal, ob es wirklich zwölf waren, denn es gab nur circa drei Charaktere, die mir irgendwie in Erinnerung geblieben sind. Besonders in der Phase der Einführung verliert man immer wieder den Überblick. Das Buch hätte auch doppelt so lang sein können, aber kein Mensch würde es schaffen so viele Figuren auch nur annähernd glaubhaft zu beschreiben. Man weiß nichts über sie, außer das, was das Glossar der Persönlichkeiten einem mitteilt. Man kennt die Namen, das Alter, die Waffen und sonst? Was steckt hinter den Charakteren? Für mich gab es da nichts zu entdecken, nichts zu holen. Für mich waren sie alle zwölf mal die selbe Person. Ohne Probleme, ohne Gefühle, ohne Charme, Herz oder Witz. Selbst die Dialoge hätte ich mit mir selber führen können. Davon gab es übrigens nicht mal viele. Meistens verliert sich das Buch in inneren Monologen der jeweiligen Person, der wir gerade folgen.Man müsste ja meinen, dass Endgame einem exotische Orte, rasante Kämpfe und all so etwas bieten würde, aber hin und wieder gab es nur sinnloses Gemetzel. Würde man mir nun einen Stift und Papier geben, ich könnte nicht aufschreiben, wer noch lebt und wer gestorben ist, so viel hat mir das alles ausgemacht. Es gab auch eine Liebesgeschichte zwischen dem Psycho und dem Umschuldslamm, aber das war auch keine wirklich Romance, sondern eher Teenagerhormone, die verrückt gespielt haben. Im Buch gibt es dann auch noch einen Kerl (so was wie den Freund von Unschuldslamm) der auf den Spuren seiner Geliebten ist....ehhm, warum?! Ich habe Null verstanden, was genau er da denn getan hat. Wieso konnte er sich denn in Endgame einmischen und wenn es so leicht war, wieso hat es dann kein anderer getan? Schließlich ging es ja um die Rettung einer einzigen Rasse. Hallo?!Das Buch zieht sich unglaublich über die fast 600 Seiten. Man kann als Leser schwer die Orientierung behalten, wo genau man sich nun befindet und was die Kinder da eigentlich so treiben. Zusammenfassend würde ich sagen, man könnte es mit einer endlosen Flucht vergleichen, die nicht endet. Ich hatte auch nie den Eindruck, dass irgendjemand in der Welt von Endgame selbst den Überblick hatte. Es gab keine Unterbrechungen, keine Regeln, niemand wusste, ob nun ein Schlüssel gefunden wurde oder nicht. Ebenso wenig, wie man am Anfang wusste, was abging. Plötzlich flog ein Stadium in die Luft, Züge verunglückten, massenhaft Menschen starben. Wie eine Naturkatastrophe, die er Auslöschung von Lebewesen gegolten hat O.oAdjektive um das Buch zu beschreiben: wirr, durcheinander, unlogisch, langweilig, zäh, dämlich, uninteressant, einschläfernd, gehirnzermatternd und und und...FazitEndgame hat den Hype definitiv nicht verdient. Ich fange schon fast an den Scheiß zu glauben, den man sich so über James Frey erzählt und dabei sollte man Autor und Buch ja irgendwie immer getrennt betrachten, finde ich. ENDGAME war für mich reine Zeitverschwendung. Sinnloses Gemetzel, quälender Mangel an Erklärungen und kein einziger Charakter, mit dem man sympathisieren kann machten den Roman für mich eher zu einem NON-READ (Anti-Must-Read) und empfehlen würde ich das Ding beim besten Willen nicht. Endgame ist kein neuer cooler Endzeit-Roman, der seinem Vorgänger Panem nacheifert und wirklich alles andere als spannend.Und um noch mal auf die Sache mit dem Gold-Gewinn zurückzukommen...das Gewinnspiel soll bis 2016 gehen. Ich wette mit euch in zwei Jahren blicke ich auf diese Rezension und bin immer noch der exakt selben Meinung.

  • Claudio Silva
    2019-04-10 19:12

    Tenho pena que as pessoas julguem um livro por uma descrição, sim , a sua descrição é semelhante ao jogos de fome, mas a sua história é COMPLETAMENTE DIFERENTE ! Este livro é muito substimado e é triste saber disso, quando se tem os ingredientes todos para fazer sucesso ! Aconselho vivamente a quem gosta de livros apocalipticos, acção , romance e fantasia, tem de tudo ! Opa, brutal, que venha o segundo, espero ;)