The Game by Shane Scollins
Release Date: 13/03/13
Genre: YA – Sci/Fi – Paranormal
No matter where you are, they’ll find you, and put you in “The GAME”.
Candice Laguna’s life is being systematically dismantled, by an unknown force, for a reason she can’t imagine. But she is about to become the unwilling star of a reality gamecompetition the likes of which has never been broadcast to the world.
Just when things get darkest, a mysterious man snatches her from the grips of doom. He is a man who is not what he appears, and not who he says. He has no name and his motivation to help Candice is not what it seems to be.
THE GAME is a mystery/thriller with an unpredictable paranormal twist. It has action and adventure and plays up the everyday exploitation of reality television obsession gone wrong.
When I read the description for this book, I thought it would be like The Hunger Games, and I guess parts of it were. But there was also super-natural elements to this novel that I hadn’t expected.
Candice was an easy character to connect with. She was just a normal girl. The first chapter showed her breaking up with her normal boyfriend. But then people that she didn’t know started calling her and commenting on the clothes she was wearing…it was so creepy! Candice then went to the police but they couldn’t find any evidence that she was being stalked, so the case was dropped.
And then her bank account was frozen. She didn’t have any money.
And then they towed her car.
And then they took her friend.
Candice changed her phone several times but they still found her. While I was reading all of these scenes I was flipping the pages as fast as I could, just to see what would happen. I couldn’t keep thinking that The Game would make a great film.
The ending was, rather obviously, left open for another book. I want my questions answered! Usually, I’m against sequels but this book needs one, seeing as The Game was very mysterious.
Overall, a very creepy and clever book!
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Shane Scollins is a freelance writer and author. Originally from New Jersey, he now resides in Upstate New York with his wife, Heather. He has worked as an automotive service manager, a website developer and a computer network engineer. Primarily a science fiction and paranormal novelist, Shane enjoys taking readers on surprising and unexpected journeys that twist reality. He is currently working on his next book.