The Calling (Endgame #1) by James Frey
- The concept
Rating: 3.5 stars
- Too many characters - leads to a lack of focus on some characters - Would definitely have loved to have seen more characters fleshed out!
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.
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.
People of Earth.
Endgame has begun
Before reading the book, when I looked at it in Goodreads, there were a couple of reviews that slandered it, and said that it was too much like The Hunger Games, without even reading the book. This book, whilst there are certain similarities (i.e. a competition involving young adults, 12 tribes/). there are so many differences between these books. For one, The Hunger Games preaches a societal message, whilst this book does not. Instead of just getting one character's perspective (i.e. Katniss's in The Hunger Games), readers get a whole plethora of characters' perspectives, which also really builds the tension. Most importantly, this book is a whole different genre to The Hunger Games, being a mould of science fiction and action, instead of a full-on dystopia.
My one complaint about this book would be with regards to the characters. For me, there were too many characters, and consequently, some were neglected. Most of the book is told from Jago, Chiyoko, An and Sarah's perspective, and I feel like it would have been great to see what the other characters were doing. I also have mixed feelings about the ending - I didn't realise what was going to happen until the last page, and when I did, I wasn't sure if there was any real purpose to the ending. I'm kind of rambling right now, but I just feel like the costs made in the climax wasn't impactful enough on me as a reader.
I'd definitely recommend this novel for fans of The 39 Clues series, especially the more mature fans. The 39 Clues books are very short, but this book is long, and would definitely be perfect for mature fans who breeze through the 39 Clues books easily. The Calling is a wonderful start to the Endgame series, and I can't wait to read more of it! :)
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