Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Thriller, Suspense
Release Date: March 13, 2013
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.
Typically I enjoy books that have somewhat of a romance angle in them and while The Game did eventually end up having some unexpected romance, it was mostly a physiological thriller with a dash of paranormal element in it. And I loved every second of it. Shane Scollins is a God. No for real, I loved this story so much.
The plot centers around Candice Laguna and how her life is destroyed by a group of people who want her to be a part of the game. I don’t want to give away too much about what the game in the story is, but if I had to classify it I would say its The Hunger Games meets Awaken (Katie Kacvinsky).
It’s almost scary to think what people can do with technology today and Scollins did an amazing job of showing us the negative side of this virtual world we all live in. The characters were relatable and some were far past crazy, but incredibly interesting. I loved the bad guys as much as the good guys. Putting the pieces together along with the characters was one of my favorite parts of this book.
Being able to follow along and see things from every angle and seeing where things intersected between characters was fun and entertaining, but it also kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t put this book down. It’s fast paced, but not in a confusing way, which I love. I can’t stand stories that start off slow because then I drag my feet while reading and it takes forever to get to the good part.
But with The Game, the entire book is the good part. Candice meets a lot of interesting people on her journey and the violence is definitely medium-high. We’ve got death, guns, things blowing up, kidnappings, and foul language, which of course has the makings of an awesome book.
This is one of those books I’d like to see made into a movie. I swear it’s got one of those plots that you can absolutely see was made for the big screen. It’s unique and definitely worth the read. If you haven’t checked it out, you should. I need a paperback copy of this book for sure! Hats off to Scollins, please tell me there’s a sequel???
Shane Scollins is a freelance writer and author. 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.