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Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Very Sad Letter to ENDGAME by Nils Johnson-Shelton & James Frey

Review by Becca

by Nils Johnson-Shelton and James Frey
Series: Endgame (Book 1)
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (October 7, 2014)
Language: English
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Twelve ancient cultures were chosen millennia ago to represent humanity in Endgame, a global game that will decide the fate of humankind. Endgame has always been a possibility, but never a reality…until now. Twelve meteorites have just struck Earth, each meteorite containing a message for a Player who has been trained for this moment. At stake for the Players: saving their bloodline, as well as the fate of the world. And only one can win.

Endgame is real. Endgame is now. Endgame has begun.
Dear Endgame,

Sigh. This is a tough "review" for me to write. If only, because I've never written a DNF letter before. So congratulations on being my first! I was interested in you, because despite having a total knock-off sounding premise, you still sounded interesting. I thought maybe you could fulfill the lack of The Hunger Games in my life, but alas, you couldn't. Not one bit. 

It wasn't that you were a Full Fathom Five novel. I mean, don't get me wrong, I totes dislike them, just because it's a given, and there's no way I would've purchased you, because I don't want to contribute my money to that mess of a corporation. It was just the way you were written. 

This is your first paragraph..."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, Fenerbahce, is losing, as they are now, to Manisaspor."

And that is how every single paragraph after you is. You have several main characters and each character reads the exact same way, despite them being different people. It was painful reading you. I'm sorry for being a tad harsh, but I'd rather be honest than lie to you, Endgame. 

I'll admit I didn't get too far into you, Endgame, and for me to say that is a pretty big deal, because as a given, I hardly ever, I repeat, EVER do not finish a book. I can count on one hand the amount of books I have DNF'd, but the majority of them I plan on trying again at a later time. However, that's not the case for you.

I'm not sure if this is a case of "It's not you, it's me" or "It's not me, it's you", but I'm leaning toward the latter. I'd recommend people to steer clear from you, unless you are a genius and want to try to win a bunch of money, because there are a ton of clues inside you that lead to some. All in all, though, from what I read of you, I think it's safe to say that you receive zero stars. 

Not impressed,


  1. Thanks for the honest review! It does sound like an interesting premise, but from what you have to say about it, I think it's safe to say I'll be skipping it.

  2. Yeah, it just wasn't what I expected at all!


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