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The Calling (Endgame, Book 1) by [Frey, James, Johnson-Shelton, Nils]
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"A unique dystopian adventure with anchors to the real world... set to become a cultural phenomenon."--ALA Booklist

"Endgame is like The Hunger Games on steroids."--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

"The treasure hunters of the world may want to dust off their tools."--USA Today

"This book is fantastic. On every level. Please just go read it and try and disagree with me. I dare you."--The Guardian

"You officially have my attention, James Frey. And to anyone reading this, the challenge is on."--Bustle.com

"The premise is engaging, in a Hunger Games-meets-National Treasure sort of way, and the diverse global cast is welcome."--Publishers Weekly

The treasure hunters of the world may want to dust off their tools. --USA Today"

This book is fantastic. On every level. Please just go read it and try and disagree with me. I dare you. --The Guardian"

A unique dystopian adventure with anchors to the real world set to become a cultural phenomenon. --ALA Booklist"

Endgame is like The Hunger Games on steroids. --Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)"

You officially have my attention, James Frey. And to anyone reading this, the challenge is on. --Bustle.com"

The premise is engaging, in a Hunger Games-meets-National Treasure sort of way, and the diverse global cast is welcome. --Publishers Weekly"

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In each generation, for thousands of years, twelve Players have been ready.But they never thought Endgame would happen. Until now.

Omaha, Nebraska.Sarah Alopay stands at her graduation ceremony class valedictorian, star athlete, a full life on the horizon. But she carries a secret.When a meteor strikes her school, killing dozens, wounding hundreds, Sarah survives. Her secret saves her.

She is the Cahokian Player.

Endgame has begun.

Juliaca, Peru.At the same moment, thousands of miles away, another meteor strikes. Jago Tlaloc walks among the wreckage. The streets teem with violence and looting. But he is safe. He has a secret too. And his secret makes him brave. Strong. Certain.

He is the Olmec Player.

He's ready.

Ready for Endgame.

Across the globe, twelve meteors slam into Earth. Cities burn. People are scared. They whisper: Is this the end of the world?

But Sarah and Jago and the ten other Players know the answer. The meteors carry a message. The Players have been summoned to The Calling. And now they must fight one another in order to survive. All but one will fail. But that one will save the world.

This is Endgame."


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4680 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (7 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JO2Y7PY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,366 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Story

We follow as twelve characters, chosen over 9,000 years ago, from their bloodline. Some have been eagerly awaiting this moment, some dreading the possibility. After having waited so long, surely they will not be chosen.

They only have until their 20th birthday to take part. After that, they must hand-off the burden/privilege to the next in line, and so it has gone for over 9K years. Then it happens. The first sign comes, a meteor striking the earth, to signal the beginning.

In the end, each player has their own invitation, brought by meteor, a meteor which has wreaked havoc on the world, destroying people, animals and nature alike. This is only the beginning.

With blood and screams all around them, the players are brought to two realisations:

1) Endgame has begun
2) They must not lose, or they will destroy everything they love.

Who will be first to solve the puzzle and win? At what cost?

What I Think about the Story and Game:

I found the story to be quite a good read. It does have a few 'flaws,' as mentioned by other reviewers. Namely being that the characters are meant to be chosen, but not anything more than human. However, they take on feats that are well beyond human ability. I took this in stride though, as one has to remember we are not in a world that is exactly like ours, so 'normal' people may be able to do slightly more. Also, when one is terrified and striving to save those they love, whilst avoiding death, it is not uncommon for humans to do things believed impossible.

I like the extreme, addicting pace of this book. It really is a read that is hard to put down. The action starts from page one and doesn't cease, leaving you aching for the second book.
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Format: Hardcover
I downloaded the sample onto my Kindle. It took 2 minutes 36 seconds to download it. I opened the book on my Kindle and started to read it. After 6 sentences I knew that the author likes short sentences. That sentance has 10 words and a number in it. 10 words is a long sentence in this book.
This book is part 1 of a game. The game involves breaking a code. 2 in 3 sentences in this book contain numbers. Those numbers are probably part of the puzzle. The numbers are shoehorned into those sentences. The numbers make two thirds of the sentences even more annoying. I found the book very annoying. I don't like reading annoying books. I stopped reading this book after 3 chapters.
There is a prize for breaking the code. The prize is £300,000. This is the first book in a series. Each of the books will have lots of chapters. Each chapter will have lots of sentences. None of those sentences will have lots of words. This is annoying. I don't like reading annoying books. I think everyone who reads this annoying book should get £300,000. That is how bad I think the book is.
This review is written like the book. 99 out of 100 people will find this review annoying. The book is even more annoying. You probably won't be the first person to break the code. You probably won't get £300,000 for reading this book, I won't read this book. You probably shouldn't read this book.
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Format: Kindle Edition
The sample of Endgame I read, intrigued me enough to want to read the rest. Unfortunately the rest of the book doesn’t live up to my initial expectations.
It continues its multi character approach and certainly delivers on action and violence. Given the characters’ young ages, I found this disturbing.
Interestingly, instead of working in isolation many of the players teamed up. This realistic touch emphasised the players’ humanity.
The story is punctuated with number sequences and pictures. I presume these relate to the game, which accompanies the book. I ignored these and reviewed the characters and story. The drawings and pictures would be better in the hardcover version. I read an electronic ARC.
The end of ‘The Calling’ throws up more questions than answers. I’m not sure I care enough about the characters to find out what happens.
However I am not the intended audience and if you are a fan of fantasy computer games and dystopian adventure this may be for you.
I received a copy of this sampler from Harper Collins UK Childrens via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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Format: Paperback
This eBook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

The result of collaboration between James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton is this first book in a dystopian series, Endgame: The Calling. Twelve teenage descendants of ancient cultures from across the world have been trained to represent humanity in a game that will determine the future of the world. The only way to win is to discover three keys and be the last player left alive. These young people are not just playing for their own lives for if they die their entire family line will be wiped out.

Endgame: The Calling focuses on discovering the first key, Earth Key. After meeting each other in China, each of the twelve is given a clue to solve that will help lead them in the right direction. Although there can only be one winner, a couple of the player decide to help each other out, but is there really anyone who can be trusted?

Endgame reminds me of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins but on a much larger scale, and also a more adult version. The entire planet is the games’ arena, which does not bode well for a lot of the world’s inhabitants. That is one of the things I disliked about this book, the unnecessary deaths of innocents. There was a lot of gruesome murder, which admittedly is the point of Endgame, but some of it was uncalled-for.

I did not particularly care for the writing style and formatting of the text. It was often confusing to work out who was saying or doing what. Another thing I did not like was that there was not an obvious protagonist. It is hard to know whether there is a particular character we should be rooting for or whether they should all be regarded as equal.
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