Endgame #1 Kaldet
Title: The Calling
Author: James Frey
Published in English: 2014
Dansk titel: Kaldet
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2014
Forlag: Høst & Søn
Finished Reading: Marts 2020
Genre: Science Fiction, YA & Fantasy
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.
For ten thousand years the lines have existed in secret. The 12 original lines of humanity. Each had to have a Player prepared at all times. They have trained generation after generation after generation. In weapons, languages, history, tactics, disguise assassination. Together the players are everything: strong, kind, ruthless, loyal, smart, stupid, ugly, lustful, mean, fickle, beautiful, calculating, lazy, exuberant, weak. They are good and evil. Like you. Like all.
When the game starts, the players will have to find three keys. The keys are somewhere on earth. The only rule of their Endgame is that there are no rules. Whoever finds the keys first wins the game. Endgame: The Calling is about the hunt for the first key. And just as it tells the story of the hunt for a hidden key, written into the book is a puzzle. It invites readers to play their own Endgame and to try to solve the puzzle. Whoever does will open a case filled with gold. Alongside the puzzle will be a revolutionary mobile game built by Google’s Niantic Labs that will allow you to play a real-world version of Endgame where you can join one of the lines and do battle with people around you.
Will exuberance beat strength? Stupidity top kindness? Laziness thwart beauty? Will the winner be good or evil? There is only one way to find out.
I’ve had this series on my shelves for years without bothering with them. Not sure why though, since the intro sounds phenomenal, but something else just seemed that more appealing than this. Maybe it’s the boring covers, I don’t know. I read it; I continued to read it even when I fell asleep multiple times whilst getting though the first hundred pages. It was so boring in the beginning – was about to just call it quits after that.
I’ve read some reviews and I must say that some of the things that happens are similar to other works, however, there’s nothing wrong with getting a little inspiration elsewhere, apparently they aren’t that similar, otherwise this wouldn’t even have been published to begin with.
The idea is great but the execution lacked in every way possible.
The book is confusing on multiple occasions I didn’t know what was going on. Too many characters appear that you need to get to know, and even at the beginning, it seems ridiculous since you know some of them have to die, in order for the books to end. In a way, it’s pointless to spend so much time with the introductions, since your favorite may be the one that ends up dying first.
Some of the parts of the book was great, but the book seems to cut some of the epic scenes whilst focusing on the boring stuff for ages. One of the worst things you can do in a YA story, or any story, is introducing those goddamn love triangles. We’ve seen it in a couple of stories, and it ruins them. I just don’t understand why that had to be a part of this story too. This book is not for everyone. I especially was really pissed off with how the author told the story. The writing is amateurish, had excessively many point of views, and switched between third person and first person narration all the time. The world building was terrible too, and one of the reasons why, this could never be similar to The hunger Games.
Don’t let the simple elegant look of the book deceive you, the content is one big mess and is nothing but elegant.