Parents' Guide to

Endgame: The Calling

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

A super violent Hunger Games-James Bond hybrid.

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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Many Layers to this book

First, let me say that, Yes, this book is violent. Stories where there are kids killing kids are always compared to The Hunger Games. Second, it is not what I would call literature. Third, and most importantly, it is a thrilling and suspenseful rollercoaster with supplemental information all throughout. The most surprising thing to find is that the story unfolds on our present day world and uses 12 ancient civilizations to stage the competition. The collaboration with NianticLabs ( Ingress & PokemonGo ) and the use of endnotes bring this to life with shortened URL's that point you to things such as premade Google Image searches and Google Maps/Earth locations.

Is It Any Good?

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For all the hype ENDGAME: THE CALLING is getting, it should be crazy-awesome. Big press, big-name bestselling adult author James Frey, a movie deal with the folks who brought Twilight to the screen, and real gold to win if you dig deep and follow the clues to a real location somewhere on Earth. Real gold! Sadly, Endgame the book is just OK. Sure, the intense action sequences are begging for Quentin Tarentino to direct them. There are lots of those, they're well choreographed, and there's plenty of bloodletting. The writing is choppy (the parroted phrase "This is Endgame" will drive you nuts after a while), and the story alternates between being too cryptic and too unbelievable. Why on Earth would we want to follow what the alien overlords say without question? This should have occurred to more than one character.

And why should we care about some rather ruthless characters to begin with? A few get backstories to explain their behavior, but not enough, or not soon enough in the story. Readers who look past the story's flaws and focus on the treasure hunt may be more forgiving. And if they win the gold, who could blame them?

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