'The Calling (Endgame, Book #1)' by James Frey Review

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

After centuries waiting in secret, twelve unbroken bloodlines, armed with hidden knowledge and lethal training, are called to take humanity’s fate into their hands…
Bryan High School, Omaha, Nebraska: Sarah stands at her graduation ceremony – perfect SATs, a star athlete, her life ahead of her. Then a meteor wipes out half her school. But Sarah is not hurt and not surprised. Because she is the Player of the 233rd line – the Cahokian. And she knows what this means.
Endgame is here.
Juliaca, Puno, Peru: Jago walks the streets after the meteor hits. There’s looting and violence but he’s not scared. He is the Player of the 21st line – the Olmec. And he’s ready.
Endgame is here.
China, Australia, Turkey… Twelve meteors fall. Cities and people burn. The news is full of the end of the world.
But Sarah, Jago and ten others are already plotting and planning for the fight. They are the Players and Endgame is here.
All but one of them will fail. But that one will save the world. We hope…
Wow, what a book! 'The Calling' by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton, book one of the Endgame series, was brilliant!
The synopsis above from Amazon is pretty on point and therefore, there's not a lot more I can tell you about the story itself; other than the Players are trying to locate the Earth Key, one of three important keys they must obtain to win, throughout. In this novel you will find violence, conflicting feelings, unlikely friendships, puzzles, death, dark humour and mystery.
Other people have likened it to 'The Hunger Games' and 'The Maze Runner' and whilst I can see where they're coming from, I still felt this book was unlike anything else I've read and it was thoroughly  interesting. The style of writing is intriguing and different, which makes the book easier to read and keeps you on your toes. Plus, it is going to be adapted in to a film which I can't wait to see.
Another aspect to this intriguing book is that there is a puzzle hidden throughout for the reader. To be honest, I'm not the best when it comes to puzzles and therefore, I couldn't see it...buuut, it's there for anyone to give it a try; so best of luck to anyone who reads it and tries!
'The Calling' was a great start to the series and I'm already excited for 'Sky Key'!
Have you read 'The Calling (Endgame, Book #1)' or anything by James Frey? 

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Amy Tinson