Arc Book Review: Game by Anders de la Motte

November 26, 2013 Advanced Readers Copy 0

Genres: Thriller
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About the Book:

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  • by Anders de la Motte
  • Series: The Game #1
  • Genres: Thriller
  • Pages: 400
  • Publication: December 3rd 2013
  • by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
  • Received from: Atria for an honest review
  • Rating: 4.5/5


Follow the rules and everybody gets hurt . . .

One Sunday morning after a long night of partying, Henrik “HP” Pettersson, a slacker with a lot of ego and very little impulse control, finds a cell phone of an unfamiliar make on a commuter train. Through insisting and slightly uncanny messages that refer to him by name, the phone invites him to play a game. HP accepts without hesitation.

The rules are that HP must complete tasks that range from childish pranks to criminal acts, as allocated by the mysterious Game Master. HP is the perfect contender—alienated from society, devoid of morals, and desperate for fame. His completion of the assignments are filmed and uploaded onto a protected server where viewers rate the Players’ performances.

The Game starts out innocently enough and then becomes increasingly risky, threatening the safety of someone close to HP. He is determined to become a superstar, but when the dark and tragic secrets of his family’s past are at stake, HP must make a choice. Will he suffer the humiliation of defeat, or will the need to win push him to the limit—no matter the cost?

First in a fast-paced and riveting trilogy, Game will leave you guessing. Follow the rules, and everybody gets hurt . . .

My Thoughts:

WHAT!? I am totally dumbfounded! I had so many questions, most have been answered and then the end! THE ENDING! Oh my god… Just wow.

The entire book was so fast paced I nearly didn’t even notice that I had just read 400 pages in one day. I didn’t want to stop. There was always something going on and even when I was cringing because HP can be a dumb ass, I was still sitting at the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next.

And there are some serious WHAT moments in this. The way things are set up I was totally flabbergasted when certain parts of the story started showing their colors. I had even more questions as I got to know the characters surrounding HP.

The only downside was about 70% in. Once I started to see where things were heading it got a little long. Not long enough to actually put down but just a little wordy as the backgrounds of the main characters start coming out. Again, not enough to make me stop reading and I actually wound up enjoying those portions but the climax was weird for me. Really enjoyed the ending however!

This is one wild ride and I can’t wait to read book two to see what happens next! I am really hoping the questions that come up in the final chapter are answered! They really made me do a double back and reread! So glad I was able to get all three but if you’re not they are all being published soon!


About the author:

Anders de la Motte (b. 1971) made his debut in 2010 with [geim], which won the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ ‘First Book Award’. He is a former Police Officer and was until recently Director of Security at one of the world’s largest IT companies. He is currently an International Security Consultant. With his blend of fast-paced suspense, humor, and informed commentary on IT and social media, Anders de la Motte represents a distinct new voice in Scandinavian crime fiction: wild, playful and full of references to popular culture, including his literary cousin Philip K. Dick.


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