The Calling is the first book in a series called Endgame, the series focuses on 12 different children all 13-19 years old who represent lines of lineage in the human race. Each child (a Player) is trained in ancient secrets, languages, and deathly skills to prepare them to play Endgame. Endgame is a scheme created by the Gods (or also named Makers), the first of the 12 to find all 3 keys hidden on Earth will save their line from the end of the world. Well, how cheery.
This book is what I would imagine the perfect combination of The Hunger Games and The Percy Jackson Series. There is A LOT of killing, blood and action so I would only recommend this for high school students. If it helps, on the goriness scale I would say it’s not at the same level as Game of Thrones, but it is still more graphic than the Hunger Games. The Percy Jackson side is that the whole game is tied to the Gods who are shrouded in mystery because there isn’t a clear explanation of WHY the Gods created the game or who they really are. I would also like to mention at this point that throughout the book are clues, pictures to help people who are competing in a real competition for gold. I tend to ignore those because they are really confusing and really do nothing for the plot of the story. So don’t worry if you can’t make heads nor tails of those pictures and codes.
Although this novel isn’t completely unique in idea, it’s still a book that I recommend for all it’s high paced action and gore.
Authors: James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton
Series: Endgame Series, #1
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Age Range: 15+
Pages: 491 (hardcover)
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