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on 22 August 2010
I bought this one on the basis of the four 5 star reviews below - though they seem to refer to other reviews that are no longer visible...spooky.
It's an okay thriller: a group of Japanese people wake up in an alien landscape and are told they are taking part in a survival game. As is the way of things, the team disintegrates and the biggest challenges to survival are the other players - but who brought them there, and why?
The writing is very ordinary and unexceptional, though this maybe the problem of the translation rather than the original Japanese. However, the characters other than the hero are essentially ciphers, so some of the blame must rest with the author. I also read it in a few hours, and it does pull the reader along to the ending. Talking of which, there are no neatly tied loose ends or indeed any certainty about what exactly what was happening in the game - which was a bit of a cop out; it's not hauntingly ambiguous, or an expression of a paranoid zeitgeist, but is a let down after 280 pages.