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review 2014-11-03 10:49
Loved every minute of this book!
The calling. Endgame - James Frey,Nils Johnson-Shelton

THE END OF THE WORLD IS COMING.

PLAY NOW.

OR WE ALL LOSE.

 

After centuries waiting in secret, twelve unbroken bloodlines, armed with hidden knowledge and lethal training, are called to take humanity's fate into their hands...

 

Bryan High School, Omaha, Nebraska.

Sarah stands at her graduation ceremony - perfect SATs, a star athlete, her life ahead of her. Then a meteor wipes out half her school. But Sarah is not hurt and is not surprised. She is the Player of the 233rd line 0 the Cahokian. And she knows what this means.

Endgame is here.

 

Juliaca, Puno, Peru.

Jago walks the streets after the meteor hits. There's looting and violence but he's not scared. He is the Player of the 21st line - the Olmec. And he's ready.

Endgame is here.

 

China, Australia, Turkey....

Twelve meteors fall. Cities and people burn. The news is full of the end of the world. But Sarah, Jago and ten others are already plotting and planning for the fight. They are the Players and Endgame is here. All but one of them will fail. But that one will save the world.

We hope...

 

At the end of the blurb there's another message:

"Written into this book is a puzzle. Solve the puzzle and you will find the key to open a case of gold. Play. Solve. Endgame is here."

Throughout the book there are lots of little hints and clues with roman numerals after them and the last pages have links written with a roman numeral before them. I've checked a few of them out and they all lead to something... Something interesting! In the small print, it states that if you solve the puzzle first you win a case of gold coins worth $500,000 USD I think... So that... Is very cool haha, though I don't think I'm Indiana Jones enough to solve it. 

If you go onto this site: http://endgameiscoming.com/ you can do this little interaction video thing... You connect with facebook (they don't post anything) and turn the webcam on (if you have one) and the end result is a personalized Endgame video... I done it and my results were: 56% of survival and my "line" is Cahokian :)

 

Anyway my review on the book....

 

We start out by learning a little about the characters and their experience and such that has to do with the meteors falling. They all get their own chapter and they all have their own symbol. At the beginning of the chapter it tells you in a heading, who and where the characters are of this chapter.... All 12 Players receive a message and attend a "calling"... The 12 Players and their lines:

  1. Marcus Loxias Megalos, Minoan
  2. Chiyoko Takeda, Mu
  3. Sarah Alopay, Cahokian
  4. Alice Ulapala, Koori
  5. Aisling Kopp, La Tene
  6. Baitsakhan, Donghu
  7. Jago Tlaloc, Olmec
  8. An Liu, Shang
  9. Shari Chopra, Harrapan
  10. Kala Mozami, Sumerian
  11. Maccabee Adlai, Nabataean
  12. Hilal ibn Isa al-Salt, Aksumite

 

They are all under the age of 20. The Endgame training started when they were very young, and they qualify for the game if they are aged between 13 - 20. If they turn 20 or obtain a serious injury (such as losing an eye) they no longer qualify and someone else from their line takes their place. 

 

After they have gone to their meteor crash sites, they travel to a place where "the Calling" will be held. This is done in China though the actual "Calling" is held somewhere else but somehow they teleport to this place... Once they are all there, they are put into some kind of trans... Temporarily paralyzing them from the waist down. Then this being - known as Kepler 22b -  comes and talks to them about the game and rules, they introduce themselves to each other and then the being is gone and *poof* they're back to normal, one of these people take this disk that was hovering in the center of the circle of 12. Most of them either run or try to start killing each other....

 

The rules are simple, find the keys in order and bring them to Kepler 22b. Other than that there are no rules. 

 

That is what they must do, kill each other, because only one can win this Endgame. Even though it doesn't really say anything that all but one must die.... And I think that's what the whole book and possible series is revolved around. Much like the Hunger Games... You know? They try and change the rules so that there's a win-win situation.... But I guess they have been trained their whole lives to kill and fight and be smart ad all that and I'm guessing that they've always assumed that only one may live... And if you've read the book, then yes I know whoever wins is the one who chooses who lives.. I'm not sure!

Anyway...

 

After they find their way back to China and head off out of danger, they start thinking of the clue that Kepler 22b left etched into their brains. Each clue is different and is somehow unique to them, though some did have help from others. Some Players chose to team up for a while and some are just dead set on killing. Both players and normal people... 

 

All the characters, I find, are entertaining and interesting in their own little way. I like how they each have their own perspective of the Endgame and all have different strategies to playing it. Some characters you get more attached to more than others, simply because they appear in the book more than others... And they're also good characters. 

 

Lots of action and thinking parts. I was aware every minute of who the author was talking about and I think the way it was written was very well done and easy to read. Making it VERY enjoyable! I loved it. Every minute of reading it. I especially loved how it's so interactive! The effort put into both this book and the puzzle! Entertaining and so exciting.. For me anyway! 

 

I recommend this book to anyway that enjoys a good read. Especially if you're kinda into the whole doomsday, post apocalyptic thing :) 

 

By the way.... All the players have twitter accounts..... It's great! 

 

If you read the book please let me know! I'd love to know what you guys think of it!

 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-10-07 23:50
Apocalypse Cow Review
Apocalypse Cow - Michael Logan

It began with a cow that just wouldn't die.

 

It became an epidemic that transformed Britain's livestock into sneezing, slavering, flesh-craving four-legged zombies.

 

And if that wasn't bad enough, the fate of the nation seems to rest on the shoulders of three hopeless individuals: an abattoir worker whose love life in non-existent thanks to the stench of death that clings to him, a teenage vegan with extreme eczema, and an inept journalist. 

 

As Britain descends into chaos, these unlikely heroes must pool their resources, escape the zombie herds, find the cure and save the world!

 

Three losers. Overwhelming odds. One outcome.

 

Yup, we're screwed.....

 

***I should note that this book is for the more mature aged group.. As there is a lot of sexual reference and swearing. ***

 

Wow. I probably over-starred it, but this was just pure epic awesomeness in my eyes! Zombie animals?? No more cute little kittens or puppies or horses... Or cows... Or squirrels, they just want to hump and kill you. 

 

Something the blurb doesn't mention is that the "zombies" are also sex crazed, meaning they try to have sex with you then rip out your throat. 

 

In the beginning  the book tells you about the lives of the three unlikely heroes;

Terry: The abattoir worker... He is a lot nicer of a character than you would expect.

Lesley: The inept journalist... Hopeless at journalism, but a likable character.

Geldof: The teenage vegan with extreme eczema... Also a very horny virgin... He is a funny character, throughout the book I was kinda hoping he would just get laid but no.. He doesn't... He also has the biggest crush on his math teacher and fantasizes about arousing her with hard math questions.....

 

And then the heroes all end up with each other at Geldof's house. Geldof figured out that there was precisely 1,247.62 animals for every armed member of the security forces, and that oddly enough, the virus didn't affect birds, or humans..... Or does it??

 

So they spend a few days at Geldof's house with a few other people; Mary (Math teacher), David (Mary's husband), Malcom & Tony (Mary's twin boys), Fanny and James (Geldof's hippy parents), Constance (The scientist who helped create the virus) and of course Lesley, Terry and Geldof and I'm sure that's it, fair to say... Not everyone makes it out of the house.

 

It did't help that Lesley, Terry and Constance where being hunted down by another member of the government (Brown) to kill them... He stays a constant threat throughout the book. 

 

They decided to try and get into France through the Chunnel. Whilst trying to do this, I'll use Lesley's words...

 

"....Drove along railway lines, sneaked through Glasgow city centre. Saw piles of bodies, animal and human, being burned. Was stopped by soldiers and taken to a refugee camp, where the army was essentially holding people captive to stop the virus mutating. Heard that soldiers were shooting people who sneezed, just in case. Saw refugee camp attacked by hundreds of cows. All on fire. Took Brown captive. Flew to Channel Tunnel in hijacked helicopter, which then crashed. Walked through the tunnel for a while. Got in gun battle with Brown, who had picked up mutated version of the virus, as far as I know the first human to get it. Killed him. Drove to France in little service vehicle, where we talked our way in....."

 

Overall! I think this was a great quick read! It had everything.. Literally! Embarrassing parents, zombies, bad people, good people, sex, humour, bullies.. The lot. I can see why the book won the Terry Pratchett Prize. 

 

I would recommend this book for anyone who loves zombies, sex humour books, quick reads, or just for someone who needs a laugh.  

 

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review 2014-10-05 06:59
The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner - James Dashner

I thought I'd better read the book before I watch the movie, and I was glad I did. A quick and enjoyable read. If you spent a day in bed cause its horrible outside or you're sick... Then you would probably easily finish this in one day. 

 

The beginning was kinda slow because the main character didn't know nothing and was just asking questions.. and not getting any answers. But once things started getting "weird" in the book.. That's when it picked up speed, and become an enjoyable nearly "edge of your seat" entertaining. A few times, I knew what was going to happen... Kind of... Predictable. 

 

Seeing all the "not so good" reviews about the second book, I'm not going to rush into it. Maybe if I stumble upon it, I'll get it but I'm not that keen to order one straight away. But I do plan on finishing the trilogy!

 

I was also thinking, that I could leave the book there and be content with it?

 

I'm looking forward to seeing the movie, I've been told that it's slightly different, but what movie made from books isn't?

 

I'd give this 3.5 to 4 stars, recommend to anyone that likes a quick read.  

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review 2014-09-24 07:09
Divergent Review
Divergent - Veronica Roth

Beatrice Prior is on the brink of a decision that will change her life. In a society divided into factions all are forced to choose where they belong. And the choice Tris makes shocks everyone, including herself. 

 

Once the decisions are made, the new members are forced o undergo extreme initiation tests with devastating consequences. As their experience transforms them, Tris must determine who her friends are - and if the man who both threatens and protects her is really on her side. 

 

Because Tris has a deadly secret. And as growing conflict threatens to unravel their seemingly perfect society, this secret might save those Tris loves...

Or it might destroy her.

 

My Review:

 

I first heard about Divergent though the famous Tumblr... And how it was the latest craze and all that. And so I was a little reluctant to pick the book up and read it... But I am so glad I did. It really is a good read... Maybe not a 4.5 or 5 rating from me, but definitely a 4.

 

It starts off with Tris and her brother getting ready for the Choosing Ceremony, which is in the next day or so. She then goes on to find out that she is unique and must not dare tell anyone who or what she really is. She finds it really hard to choose a "faction". Her family are the Abnegation, but she feels she isn't right for that faction.. In the end she finally chooses and much to her family's horror, its not Abnegation.

 

Amity (The Peaceful)
Dauntless (The Brave)
Abnegation (The Selfless)
Erudite (The Intelligent)
Candour (The Honest)

 

After the Choosing Ceremony they say goodbye to their families and head off to their new faction to start the initiation. Throughout this time Tris manages to make enemies, friends, falls in love (of course), and becomes near fearless. It's a very well written book. 

 

There isn't really much to say about the plot, it's a pretty straight forward Dystopian book. What you would expect I suppose. The idea of factions I thought was very well written and the idea of it sounds fine. But of course when human kind have something to do with something.. It nearly always equals disaster... Eventually. I thought that the oncoming issue/problem, suits the world it's in. Just one faction wants to take over the government, and it's not the one you would expect!

 

The love interest part wasn't too full on, and was actually cute in some parts.. Haha! 

 

The whole book I believe is good, simply because, even though it's fiction, you can still connect with it in certain ways. I've heard a lot that it's very similar to The Hunger Games, or Twilight. I haven't read either of them, but seeing the movies...... I wanna say, No. It's not like them, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING LIKE TWILIGHT! What were these people on? Though I should probably not day that too quickly because I haven't read the book. But honestly... Twilight is about Vampire stuff and silly things (I'm sorry I'm really not a fan), nothing to do with what's written in this book. 

 

The only way I see it related to The Hunger Games is because they're all teenagers.. In a Dystopian world. That's it... Really... Maybe the style of writing? In that case I compare it more to The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Even though it has nothing to do with anything in the book also.. 

 

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I finished it in two days, I could have finished it in one.. If I didn't have anything to do that day! The actual physical book was very easy to read, good sized lettering and it didn't cram the sentences and lines together. So that made it quick too. I will be reading the rest of the series. 

 

I would recommend it to nearly anyone... Whether you like Romances, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, whatever your genre of choice. Give this a go! It doesn't hurt to be sheep sometimes.

 

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