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

Published: 2014

Genre: YA apocalyptic fiction

Length: 461 pages

Setting: Various points on Earth, present day

Interest: I’d heard a podcast with James Frey (from The Guardian’s Books podcast) where he discussed the book and the puzzle that is integral to the story. If you are the first one to solve the puzzle, you can win $500,000. It sounded intriguing.

Summary: There are 12 Lines of people spread around the Earth, waiting and preparing for Endgame. You can only participate in Endgame if you are between 13 and 20 years old. Twelve meteorites hit the Earth near the Players of the 12 different lines, and Endgame has begun. They need to be the best and find the first key that has been revealed. There are also links to online content sprinkled throughout the book.

Final thoughts: While the premise of the book sounded interesting, I could not get into the book. I didn’t even make it the customary 50 pages before giving up. The plot is nothing new – the end of the world is upon us and only the 12 specially chosen Players (one from each line) have the potential to save humanity from destruction. The different lines are working against each other, though, trying to be the sole winner. It was the tone of the players that I just couldn’t handle. There’s quite a variety of ethnicities involved, but they each seemed whiny or obnoxious.

It didn’t help that the book was visually annoying as well. There’s no indents on paragraphs, but there’s no space between paragraphs either, so it all just looks like it’s been left justified and squished together. Guess I’m too old to read the book. Mr. Curiosity said he’ll try it. We’ll see if it appeals to him better than me. I never even checked out the online content, mainly because when I’m reading, I don’t have a computer nearby. Nor do I want to stop reading to look something up, even if it is extra material relevant to the story or puzzle.

Title comes from: It’s the first book in the Endgame series where the players are called together for the first time.

Reading challenges fulfilled: None, since I didn’t finish the book.

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