Thursday, January 14, 2016

Endgame: The Calling by: James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton


They came, a long long time ago, from the sky among fire and smoke. They gave us civilization and rules. They needed us to mine gold for them, when they had what they needed they left, but before leaving they told us that they would come back and when they came back a game would be played, Endgame. This game would determine our future. For ten thousand years the first twelve lines of humanity have kept a Player ready at all times to compete in Endgame. Generation after generation after generation have trained in everything. The players are good and evil, smart and stupid, weak and strong, ugly and beautiful, like you, like all of you.

When the game starts, the players will be expected to find keys. these keys are hidden on the Earth. Whoever finds the keys first wins. The rules of Endgame are: there are no rules to Endgame. This is the hunt for the first key. Will stupidity beat kindness? Laziness top beauty? Loyalty thwart ruthlessness? Will the winner be good or evil? There is only one way to find out.
Play.
Survive.
Solve.
People of Earth.
Endgame has begun.

With a title like Endgame: The Calling, it was basically begging a dystopian fan like me to pick it up and take it home. The mysterious blurb only added to my pool of want for the book. Unfortunately for me, I wasn't at the library when this book caught my eye, I was at a store, (For those of you who don't know me that well, I don't buy books I haven't read because there is always the chance that I might not like them which would be a waste of money.). But the universe answered my request and the book was in my hands in a few days.

The first thing I want to talk about is the POV (point of view). Endgame: The Calling is written with multiple POVs (points of view). I prefer single POV books but there are exceptions such as Allegiant (two POVs) and Unwind (multiple POVs). I haven't yet decided if Endgame: The Calling is one of those exceptions because one hand I really liked to see the different things that the different characters were going through but they also confused me as they were never completely revealing anything which made me want to keep reading but I still held a preference to certain characters which made me want to stick to their POVs. A small side note: If I was being highly technical the entire book is in third person and technically has no POVS, just has the third person perspective limited to certain characters.

Another thing that I want to talk about is the characters. The stuff they can do and the stunts they pull off in the book are so freaking fantastically awesome! I do not know if all the actions executed by the characters are realistic but I couldn't stop reading. It was action-packed and I enjoyed every bit of it.

My hopes for the coming books are more action-packed sequences and a thrilling plot just like this book as well as some answers, please, cliffhangers can last for only so long. One last request for the coming books is please, please, please don't kill my favorite characters, I'm very attached to them.

I would give Endgame: The Calling 4 stars and I can not wait to read the next book! I would recommend this book to everyone, because this is one of the best action books I have ever read. If action and fighting is not for you then go enjoy whatever book you want but if you liked Graceling, the Divergent series, The 5th Wave, The Hunger Games, and The Maze Runner series I think you will like or even love Endgame: The Calling.

Here is the Goodreads link for Endgame: The Calling: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20510241-the-calling

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy (belated) New Year! I hope you enjoyed celebrating the coming of the new year and I also hope you read many amazing book in the past year. As I welcome 2016 as an opportunity to keep reading many new books, meeting new people, watching new movies, making new friends, and geeking out about books, I would like a to take a moment to name my top 10 favorite reads of 2015 (in no particular order):

  1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by: Stephen Chbosky 
  2. Red Queen by: Victoria Aveyard
  3. To Kill A Mockingbird by: Harper Lee
  4. Thirteen Reasons Why by: Jay Asher
  5. Out of My Mind by: Sharon M. Draper
  6. Kill Me Softly by: Sarah Cross
  7. Lord of the Flies by: William Golding
  8. The 5th Wave by: Rick Yancy
  9. To Sir, With Love by: E.R. Braithwaite
  10. Esperanza Rising by: Pan Munoz Ryan
Have a great year ahead and happy reading!
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