Review: The Calling (Endgame #1) – James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton

The Calling (Endgame #1) – James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton

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Title: The Calling (Endgame #1)

Author: James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton

Release Date: October 7, 2014

Publisher: Harper Teen

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 477

Source: Gift

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 civilizations 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.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

“Endgame is real. Endgame is now.” Twelve players from twelve distinct bloodlines have been training for Endgame since birth. Their ancestors have been training for Endgame since the beginning of time, and it’s finally here. The twelve players: Marcus Loxias Megalos, Chiyoko Takeda, Sarah Alopay, Alice Ulapala, Aisling Kopp, Baitsakhan, Jago Tlaloc, An Liu, Shari Chopra, Kala Mozami, Maccabee Adlai, and Hilal ibn Isa al-Salt, are notified that Endgame is coming because of meteors hitting Earth wherever they’re at. Some were very large and some were very small, but all were majorly impactful. All twelve Players got a message of where to go, and left their families and friends possibly forever. How do you come back from Endgame alive? You play Endgame, don’t die, and collect all three keys. What happens if you die? Your whole bloodline perishes. Twelve Players, one winner. Three keys, hundreds of puzzles. The Sky People watch their every move. All twelve try and figure out their puzzles they were given after talking to higher beings at their first location. This is Endgame. Oh my goodness. Holy… just. Feels. This was like The Hunger Games on steroids. Filled with mayhem and mischief. Romance and plot twists. Puzzles and more puzzles. I was so excited about this book because it’s interactive. There are Google links in the back of the book that take you to websites and YouTube videos. I was very excited to try and solve the puzzle, but literally could not figure out the first puzzle. Spent at least three hours trying to make some sense out of it, but ended up giving up. I don’t know why, but this book didn’t have any paragraphs indented at all. I don’t know if that was for a purpose or just because it was, but it was kind of hard to get used to because everything seemed to run together. This book really was extraordinary and I’m so glad it was my first book of 2015.

Characters:

Twelve, well thirteen, main characters, but it wasn’t hard to tell them apart. That is really brilliant considering it was only one (maybe two) author(s). Each and every one of them had a different voice. *applauds James Frey* My favorite characters were Sarah Alopay and Jago Tlaloc, by far. The feels and their friendship. Their friendly competition was amazing and I loved both of them. This book was very character oriented, so if you like books with a strong plot but little dialogue, this may not be the best book for you.

Who Would I Be?:

Definitely going with Sarah. She’s very strong and very independent even though she allies with Jago. She is literally the definition of badass and has some awesome moves. Her relationship with Jago is perfect and I love the both of them. I can’t wait to see where the two of them go in the next book. Just letting everyone know, this book ends in a cliffhanger and the second book doesn’t even have a title yet. Cool.

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6 thoughts on “Review: The Calling (Endgame #1) – James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton

  1. I’ve wanted to read this book but I’m not sure how I would like it. Everyone I hear from so far has enjoyed it so maybe I will give it a try :) Good review, I like how you said what character you would be Sarah sounds like a cool character!

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