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Blog Tour: The Game by Shane Scollins

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 Welcome to my stop for The Game blog tour hosted by YA Bound. Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!
 
The Game
   by: Shane Scollins

Publication Date: Mar. 13, 2013
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: e-ARC provided by YABound and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 231 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 3/5 stars
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 game competition 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.

                                            -goodreads.com description

 

 
Review:

From the very first chapter, we are vaulted into the action packed world of The Game. The book opens with our main character, Candice, who receives a mysterious phone call. She doesn't think much of it, just that someone is playing a prank on her. However, as the calls persist, Candice realizes that things are a bit more serious than a harmless prank.

You can't help but feel for Candice's character. Upon receiving these phone calls, her life starts to unravel around her and she is at a loss as to what to do. She realizes that she is in danger, yet no one seems to believe her, as there is no evidence of any mysterious phone calls. Where most people couldn't handle half the things Candice goes through in this novel, she manages to stay strong in light of everything and I really liked that about her. She doesn't just give in and give up. Everything that happens to Candice is in build up of "The Game", which is created by a sick, twisted, sociopath bent on re-educating the world about how society has failed time and time again.

I hate to admit it, but I was a bit fascinated with our sociopath. Scollins did a great job of creating this sadistic character and to hear his views on society and how it has failed is really interesting. And quite scary if you think about it!

Candice is lucky enough to encounter Vince, who tries to help her survive "The Game". There is a pretty big plot twist about halfway through the novel that literally made my jaw drop and say, "Nooooo!" (Guess you'll have to read it to find out what it is!)

This book definitely has a psychological thriller element to it, and then later reveals a really interesting paranormal one. I was not sure where Scollins' was going to go with the paranormal element and I am very curious to learn more about it in the future!

Overall, The Game has a little bit of everything: suspense, action, romance, mystery, and intrigue.




About the Author: 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.

Follow Shane at:
Website * Twitter * Goodreads * Facebook
 
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4 comments

  1. Thanks for hosting, and for the great review... :)

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    1. Thanks Shane for letting us review the book!

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  2. What an interesting concept! And I like that it has a little bit of everything. :)

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    1. Thanks Kelley for stopping by! It was definitely a different concept, which was refreshing.

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