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Game: A Thriller (Book 1 of the Game Trilogy) #bookreview @AtriaBooks

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Game: A Thriller (Book 1 of The Game Trilogy)
Anders de la Motte
Fiction Thriller 386 pp

ARC via Atria Publishing

The first rule of The Game is to never talk to anyone outside of The Game Community about The Game. If you rolled your eyes, I don’t blame you; I did the same. The consequences of talking about the Game? They can be harsh and never ending.

Within the first several pages we’re introduced to a hungover Henrik “HP” Pettersson. He’s found a cell phone that incessantly texts, “Wanna play a game?” despite his replies of “No.” Eventually he acquiesces.  The rules are simple: complete tasks and be monetarily rewarded. The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward.  That said, the higher the risks become more dangerous they are. But to someone like HP, it’s worth it, and not just for the money but for the notoriety. It’s that quest for notoriety that gets him into trouble as it quickly affects someone close to him.

HP is a broken character that you can’t help but feel sorry, and root, for. He is in essence the reluctant hero of the novel. The structure of the novel is such that it switches from HP to Rebecca, a government body guard to government officials of Sweden.  As the novel progresses, it switches from HP’s tasks to Rebecca’s protection duty at which point they will eventually intersect. And what an intersection it is!

This was, and is, a great conspiracy laden thrilling page turner. The conspiracy aspect? Totally legit. Completely plausible and may make one think twice over as they watch the local/national/international news as strange events occur. There were many misdirections thoughout the novel, from beginning to end, and they were great! Lots of audible, “Oh damn!” moments were had

As the title implies, this is Book One (1) of a trilogy. I cannot wait until book two (2), Buzz comes out! It truly is a great, intelligent, thrilling, conspiracy page turner.

 

Lexicon by Max Berry #BookReview

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Lexicon
Max Berry
Fiction Thriller 390 pp

The power of words is strong. It can persuade a person to do anything. Or nothing.

A school/academy that focuses solely on training people to manipulate people based off their personality types or “segments.”  You can see where this could go from a micro to a macro perspective.   Every action you do on the internet? You’re being profiled and manipulated. Conspiracy theory! Yes! This is nothing new as it lightly satirizes marketing and social media and its influence. However, there’s a lot more involved with Lexicon than waxing the poetic on conspiracies.

The novel opens simple enough: the protagonist, Wil,  has a needle piercing his eyeball by one of his two assailants. They seem to be searching for something in his head. What then follows is a chase where the assailants and Wil are the ones being pursued. And then the novel shifts gears;  we’re now a few years back in a different storyline featuring the young, street smart grifter, Emily being invited to join a very different type of school. From here we watch as the storylines between Wil and Emily intersect and go forward together.

I love a good conspiracy story, although this is maybe the second one I’ve ever read; the rest generally from watching X-Files, various movies, and the like, but never really read.  The first had to do with the Roman Catholic Church and vampires.  Yes. I said vampires.  However, as previously mentioned, it touches lightly on the global conspiracy aspect, but just enough to get the reader thinking.  Subjects also lightly treaded upon include neurochemistry, psychology, and profiling to name a few.

It’s a well thought out, intelligent thriller with a touch of romance that moves at a frenetic pace as the search for that mysterious “something” in Wil’s head has us turning the page at whiplash speed in order to find out what’s so important in his head that he has to have a needle piercing through his eye to get to his brain.