BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Endgame: The Calling by James Frey

Endgame by James Frey *

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 civilisations 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.

Have you ever read a book so good, you're absolutely engrossed in it, and when you're reading it, your surroundings all fade away and it's just you and the book. That's how I felt reading Endgame: The Calling*.

The thing about this book is it is UNCANNILY similar to the Hunger Games. Like so similar, they could literally be the same book. I mean, I'm not complaining, I liked both books, but all I'm saying is that this book lacked originality in some places.
The story is of Endgame. 12 players, from all around the world, have been training their entire lives for this moment. Some hoped it would never come whilst they were eligible. Others were hoping that it would. Either way, they all had to compete in order to save their line of ancestry during "the event" In my honest opinion, this is where the originality ends, the concept. I really like the concept, I think it's really interesting and really exciting, but the way it's carried out mirrors the Hunger Games. Again, I liked it, but I can see why some wouldn't.

The first books focuses on the first key. The players fight to find three keys throughout Endgame, through clues given to them by the "Sky People". It's such a dramatic book from the very start. As the players are becoming aware that Endgame is beginning, we get to learn a little about the background of some, and with others, we find out about them later on in the book. I love the back stories of the characters, especially that of a girl called Shari and a boy called An. I just wish we got to learn more about them.
The main part of the story focuses on Sarah and Jago, an Endgame alliance much like that of Katniss and Peeta in The Hunger Games. It's obvious from the start that they are going to fall in love, even though only one of them will survive in the end. The story of these two is just beautiful. I absolutely ADORE a love story, and this is a love story to end all love stories. It's the little details that hint at the love that got me, and how neither of them knew that the other loved them. It made me smile and cry at the same time. I honestly can't wait to be in love.

Anyway, enough about the characters, though they are brilliantly thought out and unique, and really help to develop the story. The plot was great. It was so exciting, tense at times, sad at others, humorous sometimes as well. I felt practically every emotion that is possible to feel whilst reading this book. I read this while I was at school (revision sessions with nothing to revise you get me?) and I literally couldn't stop my heart from pounding. I was honestly nervous. Not many books can actually get me to feel real emotions.

So yes, overall I did enjoy this book a lot, despite the similarities to the Hunger Games. If I'm completely honest, I preferred it to the Hunger Games (don't hate me) but that's just me.

I am also pleased to announce that one lucky person will have the chance to WIN A COPY OF THIS BOOK . Yes that's right folks, my first ever giveaway!
All you have to do is enter through the Rafflecopter below! Unfortunately, I can only offer this giveaway to UK residents, and I'm really sorry about that. If I could offer it to everyone else, I promise I would.

Details about the book:
Endgame by James Frey
Published October 7th by HarperTeen
Endgame is Here - You can play too
Buy on Amazon
a Rafflecopter giveaway

The competition ends on the 5th of December and I will contact the winner by email. Please respond within a week, otherwise I will have to choose another winner. Thanks for entering and good luck!

Eden xx

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*thanks to the Big Shot for sending me this book for review and giveaway free of charge


  1. Will definitely be checking this book out, sounds like a great read - I loved the hunger games so I'm sure I would really enjoy this!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty Blog

    1. It's so similar, but in all the best ways!

  2. loving the sound of this book, thanks for the giveaway. My fav book of the moment is Rokitansky by Alice Darwin
    Gill X

    1. ooh, I've never heard of that one, I'll check it out! x

  3. I've never heard of this book but you've made me want it now haha xx

    Laura | lauraslittleloves

    1. ah, I would definitely recomend it! it's amazing

  4. Will definitely check out this book! thanks for the honest review :)


  5. Sounds good - also sounds similar to the show the 100!


    1. I've never watched that, but if it's similar to this book, I might watch it!

  6. This book sounds really amazing :)


  7. you really can't beat a good book!
    my favourite at the minute is one of paige toon's called one perfect summer - i love all of her books though :)
    *fingers crossed*


  8. My favorite book at the moment is Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson...currently reading.

  9. This sounds like a great book! Very intense. My fav book of all time is extremely loud and incredibly close. Sure a wonderful book!

    Corinne x

  10. I just came across your blog and wondered if you wanted to follow each other on GFC and become regular readers and stuff? Let me know C:

    The Blog Hermit,


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