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Småkriminelle Henrik "HP" Pettersen finner en dag en smarttelefon på T-banen. På displayet dukker det opp et enkelt spørsmål: Vil du spille et spill? Merkelig nok vet telefonen det meste om livet hans. HP blir etter hvert dratt med i et virkelighetsspill hvor han får utfordringer som blir mer og mer risikofylte. Til slutt gjør han hva som helst for å kunne fortsette spilleSmåkriminelle Henrik "HP" Pettersen finner en dag en smarttelefon på T-banen. På displayet dukker det opp et enkelt spørsmål: Vil du spille et spill? Merkelig nok vet telefonen det meste om livet hans. HP blir etter hvert dratt med i et virkelighetsspill hvor han får utfordringer som blir mer og mer risikofylte. Til slutt gjør han hva som helst for å kunne fortsette spillet. Rebecca er livvakt, har stålkontroll på livet og karrieren. Den siste tiden er det noe som ødelegger den perfekte fasaden. Hun mottar anonyme brev og stadig ringer noen hennes telefonsvarer. Er det noen som leker med henne? Spiller et spill? Spillet får HPs og Rebeccas liv til å nærme seg hverandre og spenningen stiger ytterligere...

Title : Geim
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ISBN : 9788293035138
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 372 Pages
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Geim Reviews

  • Chris
    2019-05-19 14:46

    I received a free ebook ARC copy of this book from NetGalley. Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.Okay, here's the deal. It took me almost two weeks to read this. I'm not planning a long review, because I'm honestly tired of thinking about this thing and want to wash my hands of it. I feel that I owe NetGalley a review for providing the free copy, so here goes.There were some good things about this book. The premise: conspiracy theory and a secret Game which can be accessed by specially chosen players on a special cell phone. Cool idea. The book starts out with a bang, jumping right into the action with our protagonist, HP. HP is what he goes by, after his initials. Fine. The game seems exciting at first and soon becomes more dangerous and criminal. The book had good pacing. The action doesn't let up for long and jumps right back in. Lots of twists and turns. A well built Bourne type mystery/thriller. For that, it's enjoyable.However, that's just the surface of things. The more deeply we get into the plot, the more we see just how unrealistic it is. I like when "coincidences" get tied together, but here it seems that everything is part of it. And it's just hard to suspend belief and go with it. By the end, it's become rather silly and I kept hoping it would....just...stop.But the more important negative to this book are the characters. The main characters, that is. Some of the supporting ones are decent enough and used well. But the main two? Damn.Rebecca is the female lead here. She's a cop with a backstory, lots of stuff making her bitter and angry and out to prove that she's capable. Yeah yeah. Fine. But she's so stupid it's not even funny. She keeps getting great marks in all of her trainings, and they're building her up to be the chosen one, but she's dumber than a stump. Especially where HP is concerned.HP should stand for Huge Prick. I mean, this is one of the most despicable characters I've ever read about. And we get most of the book through his point of view? God.I'm wondering if de la Motte meant for HP to be tongue in cheek, or funny or what. But he's not funny. He's an amoral piece of work. Suffering through all the internal dialogue this guy tells himself is pretty bad. Especially after one of his sexual conquests.I mean, does anyone really think of himself as the "Prince of Penetration" or the "Ayatollah of Fuck n Rolla"? And think of that as a positive quality. Come on. I'd wonder if even an egotistical, sexist douchebag would think of himself this way. But what is HP's Achilles Heal? His love for his sister. Really? We're supposed to believe that the only moral compass this dude has is a woman? That he respects any female enough to change his behavior, to spend 10 months in prison, for instance? Not when he's the "Omnipotent Pope of Pussy-Crashing", I'd wager.Anyway, where I felt that the author was trying to make HP funny and pathetic, he failed at making him sympathetic. And he's not funny. I was laughing, but not because the character was amusing. No, I laughed where the writing describing the internal dialogue of this character was laughably bad.Two stars, and that's only because there were some good twists and turns along the way. HP himself gets shyt for stars.

  • Suzanne
    2019-06-13 14:04

    I had high hopes for this one. I saw a couple rave reviews go by (including the Publisher's Weekly plug in the summary above) and I was intrigued by the premise.But... no. Right now, I'm wishing there were a way I could get my $2 back from Amazon. The writing style is very annoying (it's a translation, but I suspect that's unrelated). The author has sprinkled inner monologue everywhere, ranging from outdated catch phrases ("As if...!" and "Run, Forrest, run!") to juvenile hostility ("Suck my ass, mofos!"). Many paragraphs are concluded with some sort of exclamation or question. "That was so cool!" "What the fuck?" WTF indeed... The character "HP" is a egocentric asshole slacker, possibly a sociopath. In an early scene, he's also a complete dick to his friend who is a recently converted Muslim. He calls him by his former name, and when the friend reminds him of the Muslim name he now prefers, HP says, "Of course I know, Mangey boy! If you insist on turning yourself into a second-class carpet seller, that's your decision." He nodded demonstratively at Farook's Middle Eastern trousers, silk waistcoat, and long shirt."Just don't expect me to buy into that bullshit. You were Mange when we started school, when you used to smoke your mom's cigarettes behind the Co-op, and when you lost your virginity to that fat Finnish girl in a tent at Hultsfred. So that's who you are to me, regardless of whatever you, your wife, or your latest god think, okay?"Turns out "the game" is ideal for egomaniacal sociopaths, but how in the world am I supposed to root for this guy, much less endure his assholery for 300 pages?The other character, Rebecca, is sympathetic up to a point, but she's also pretty much a stock character. Female bodyguard with some trauma in her past, memories of which of course revisit her during sparring, so she accidentally incapacitates her sparring partner... oops! Yeah, that's never happened in a thriller before. I nearly bailed at the 10% mark when the phone asked the HP for the 50th time whether he was REALLY SURE he wanted to be part of The Game. What is this, a Windows update? Get ON with it. I see a lot of readers lauding the pacing, but I felt annoyance, not anticipation. What were the odds he was not going to play? And I finally bailed at the 20% mark when HP was congratulating himself during a sex scene on his incredible prowess. As his partner whimpers that she's about to finish: "But, he didn't give a damn. Because he was the King of Fucking, the Prince of Penetration, the Ayatollah of Fuck 'n' Rolla!"Again, the word juvenile comes to mind. I am very clearly not the intended reader for this book. If you're going to brave this one, read the sample first. I wish I had.

  • Lammoth
    2019-06-01 11:04

    На световния книжен пазар е пълно с трилъри-еднодневки. Цяла редица автори, продаващи десетки милиони копия, създадоха доста противоречив имидж на този жанр. Честно казано, когато видя поредния нашумял трилър с крещящо наплясканите клишета на предната корица от сорта на "сензационен дебют", "бестселър №1 на Ню Йорк Таймс" ми става лошо. Защото когато обърна книжката за да проверя за какво иде реч, резюмето на задната корица ни запознава с втръсналите до болка смели ФБР и ЦРУ агенти, полицаи, археолози в стил Индиана Джоунс, руски/съветски шпиони, арабски терористи, психопати убийци, както и за събития, свързани с някакви теории на конспирациите или свръхестествени земни явления/древни реликви...Всички знаем Джеймс Патерсън и Нелсън Демил, Джак дьо Брул, Клайв Къслър, Джеймс Ролинс, Дан Браун, Пол Кристофър, Анди Макдермът, Том Кланси, Лий Чайлд, Александър Бушков, и всичките им псевдонаучни технотрилъри и спец-полицаи/супер-агенти/гениални археолози.За разлика от тях скандинавската литература, която също се прочу с предимно криминални трилъри, непрекъснато представя нови автори и доста по-разчупени сюжети. Сюжети, навързани със съвременните социални феномени и явления, а не с остаряла седемдесетарска агентурна митология.В "Играта" Андерш де ла Моте се заиграва с модерния човек и неговите привички, появили се заедно с мрежата, която промени цели поколения, която създаде цяла нова епоха. Едва ли има човек, който да не е превърнал Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Linkedin, Tumblr, блогове и социални мрежи в част от неговия живот. Вероятно на всеки му е направило впечатление онази мания, която обхваща всички нас (да, без изключение): да стане център на внимание, да бълва "мъдри" афоризми и "оригинални" мисли, с които да събере дузини лайкове и шервания. Да публикува гмуркането си на Балеарските острови или крачетата си плаж насред Егейско море, да публикува снимки и клипчета на купони и концерти, на бизнес събирания и партита - всичко, с едничката цел да покаже, че живее активен и щастлив живот, че е на върха на "вайб-а", на гребена на вълната.Героят в романа Хенрик Петершон (или HP) е сред онези отчуждени хора, продукт на семейства с проблемни взаимоотношения, които живеят ден за ден от социални помощи и дребни измами, а неговия социален отдушник се оказват филмите, игрите, порното и други характерни културни залежи из мрежата. Един ден той попада на телефон и получава възможност да се изяви, да стане център на вселената, новата звезда на мрежите за споделяне. Да се почувства като бунтар срещу окапалата система, като значима част от историята, като перфектния изпълнител на възложените му мисии.Една от положителните черти на книгата е, че всеки един от героите не е някакъв супер-агент или свръх-интелигентен морален защитник, напротив, всеки един от тях е съвсем обикновен член на обществото, с всичките си комплекси, слабости и човешки нужди. НР разбира, че е просто една пионка, умело дирижирана кукла на конци. Един глупак, който може да бъде използван, направлявайки егото и страховете му.В "Играта" има страшно много културни препратки към филми, музика и политически фигури, както и типични термини, нашумели покрай социалните мрежи, както и вкарани чатове, но преводачът Л.Гиздов е свършил страхотна работа с бележките и обясненията."Играта" е първа част от трилогията на шведския писател, а всички сравнения с "Боен клуб" на Чък Поланик са съвсем резонни. Още повече, че това е роман, в който буквално с последния ред се обръща целия ход на събитията и те кара с нетърпение да почнеш втората част.Аз вече я почнах.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-29 13:42

    11/2 - Swedish/Danish stories are over-running our screens and pages. You can hardly look at a tv trailer or check out the new releases without coming across something from Denmark or Sweden. Not that I'm complaining, without them I would have missed out on great tv like The Bridge and The Killing or fantastic books like Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Game. That's right, 62 pages in and I'm already calling it fantastic. It's half gamer/techno thriller, half crime drama (at least so far).I like Rebecca a lot more than HP at the moment because every time I read an HP scene I get the feeling that his next assignment will involve committing violence (or even murder) against another person and his punishment for failing to complete the assignment (which is what I assume would happen, at least the first time) is sure to be dreadful pain and suffering of himself or someone he loves (his sister Rebecca, for example). The scene where Rebecca is doing some personal defence training with her alpha group teammates and is caught in a suffocating headlock, but manages to harness her panic into an explosive attack, resulting in her 'attacking' teammate down on the floor with a broken nose gushing blood was very satisfying for one of those girls whose only weapon is her nails. I was especially triumphant when the instructor praised her and basically told her teammate to suck it up. It reminded me of a scene in the Buffy episode, Phases, the one where Oz first finds out he's a werewolf and Larry admits to Xander that he's gay. There's a scene in that episode where everyone is in gym class and they are paired up in order for the girls to practice self-defence - Cordelia and Xander, Willow and Oz, and unfortunately for Buffy she's paired with Larry. Willow has been warning Buffy that she has to act more like a 'girly girl' who can't kick vampires over the fence, and, to begin with Buffy attempts to remember this. Larry doesn't make this easy, as he makes lewd comments and sexual innuendos out of the feeble grunts Buffy emits as she 'attempts' to flip him over her shoulder, as the teacher is instructing the girls to do. In the end Buffy's had enough and oops, there he goes flying through the air to land flat on his back. Willow gives Buffy an exasperated look, but all the girls (and some guys, too) at home (I'm sure) were going "Take that _______ (any boy who made life difficult during school)!!" Both great scenes of girls being underestimated because of their physical size - I love a strong female lead who blasts the chauvinistic opinions of her male counterparts apart by saving them/beating them in a physical competition. To be continued...22/3 - I've really been looking forward to getting back to this after my forced intermission due to library due dates and fines. I considered reading back over my own review to re-familiarise myself with where I was up to in the plot, but then I forgot. It didn't matter though, because as soon as I found the page I was up to it and started reading it all came rushing back. I meant to say this earlier in my review, but I forgot - I don't like the cover image on my copy of the book. The woman playing Rebecca is fine, possibly more model-like, less ass-kicking security officer-like than I would've imagined, but HP has a slightly suave, artfully mussed look that is nothing like the way he's described in the book. In my head I've been seeing a cross between Seth Rogen, Michael Cena, and Jesse Eisenberg. A bit bumbling, not fit (but not fat), actually scruffy rather than artfully mussed, just not well put together. The cover model looks like what he is, a model (very handsome, actually, a cross between Ryan Reynolds and Jonny Lee Miller when he's doing the unshaved look), when he should have looked a bit unkempt, a few cheeseburgers away from 'dumpy'. He should be wearing slightly ratty clothes (grey hoodie, worn black jeans, scuffed white sneakers, t-shirt with some kind of disaffected youth slogan on it), not designer jeans and leather jacket and an over-priced plain black t-shirt, HP is not that smooth. To be continued...23/3 - God HP is dense!! How many times and in how many ways does Erman have to say it before the truth sinks through HP's thick skull? The Game is using him! He didn't choose to play The Game, The Game chose him to play.Also, not a big fan of the way the story cuts from HP to Rebecca and back again for no apparent reason. It's not like each interjection into HP's story takes us to breaking news in Rebecca's life or that there's some immediately obvious connection between those exact moments in Rebecca and his lives. The interjections seem to happen at random moments and take us to mostly irrelevant (at least to what's happening to HP) events. Maybe the connections will become clear later, but at the moment they're just confusing and disturbing to the flow of the main plot - HP's. To be continued...Later that night - On page 215 HP says that he can believe that he was tricked into taking part in The Game, and that bored rich guys were betting on him for their entertainment; but he can't believe that it's being played all around the world, that jobs can be contracted out through The Game and that there are players in every walk of life, that anyone might be an 'ant' sent to watch him. HIs refusal (in the face of good evidence) to believe what's right in front of his face just screams of stupidity, to me. His apartment's been set on fire, Manga/Farook's work place was set on fire and the whole thing would have been filmed if the police hadn't coincidentally been just around the corner to respond to the emergency call and scare off the arsonists, he's come to the conclusion (on his own) that he was set up at the bridge due to his personal belongings being planted at the scene of the crime, he was hunted down by some kind of light aircraft and nearly killed (out in the middle of nowhere, when the only 'thing' that knew where he was going was Google). Looking at that damning pile of evidence how can HP continue to shut his eyes and stick his head in the sand? The Game is a giant, multi-country, multi-million (maybe even multi-billion) dollar business with its fingers in a lot of different pies. It has people available to hire for all kinds of jobs - no job is too big or too small - bank robbery, intimidation, arson, grand theft auto, impersonation, even assassination. Whatever you need they'll handle it, as long as you can pay. I believe it and no one's tried to mow me down with light aircraft today. To be continued...Even later that night (actually, really early the next morning) - All through the last few chapters I've been making snarky comments at HP's idiotic response to the events going on around him. If I was an updater and had the laptop handy (currently sitting up in bed, reading, which is where I do my best reading) I would be sniping at that idiot with every other sentence. He just saw the (view spoiler)[report about Erman's likely incineration on the (hide spoiler)] news and I was like "Are you scared now? Do you now understand that The Game is dangerous? Yes, you fool, (view spoiler)[you're the one who got Erman killed. If he hadn't agreed to see you and help you he would most likely still be alive. (hide spoiler)] Do you still think he's crazy, or is what he said starting to make a bit more sense?"I also said "Duh!" a lot and rolled my eyes frequently. I just want to say a blanket "DUH!!!" to all the conclusions HP is finally coming to (the same ones I came to about 200 pages ago). Everything he thinks is stupid and it seems to be making me stupid because the only word I can come up with as I read is "Duh". So, I hope if I throw out a giant blanket of "Duh" it'll be out of my system and I'll go back to my normal level of intelligence when writing reviews (above average, if I can say that without sounding boastful).Only a few pages later - After that "Duh" dump intelligence immediately came flooding back, prompting me to wonder if (view spoiler)[Erman's cabin fire really was the work of The Game. Maybe Erman lit it himself in order to once again become invisible. As long as he had plenty of cash, a vehicle and somewhere to go he could easily drop right back off the map, never to be seen again (no way he's gonna trust anyone again after his attempt to help a friend of a friend put his life in danger). They haven't found a body yet, and even if they did it could be a plant to throw investigators off the scent. I wouldn't put it past a man as paranoid as Erman to have a body/skeleton double hanging around just in case the shit hit the fan and he had to get away clean (only works if they think you're dead) (hide spoiler)].Page 221 - "...perfectly ordinary office building..." well what the hell did you think it was going to be? A casino with "Play The Game here!" in neon lights? They're trying to be inconspicuous, so it's not likely they would want records of anything to do with the real business that goes on inside showing up on a Google search. If I was going to hide The Game's head offices I would go with a medical supply warehouse that really does hold and ship out medical supplies, at least that's what you'd see if you went in the front door; but if you went round the back you would find banks of computers with people tracking bets, jobs for players, player payments, etc. If you're going to have a front for an illegal operation you need to have something real, not something that just looks good on paper. When the inspectors show up (and they will, they always do) you can show them that you are exactly what your tax return says you are - a medical supply warehouse. To be continued...24/3 - Only 65 pages to go, I'm definitely gonna to finish this tonight! Yay! I can't wait to see how it all ends, except it's not really ending because Game is only the first book in a trilogy. So really, I should be saying, I can't wait to see what questions are left unanswered, if there's a heart-pounding cliff-hanger where we're not sure if someone will live or die. One thing I am very curious about is the identity of the person/s leaving notes in Rebecca's locker at work and now calling her home phone, letting the answering machine pick up, but not leaving a message. Leaving Rebecca to come home to numerous messages that all turn out to be hang-ups. Almost as creepy as hang-ups or mouth-breathers in the middle of night. I hope we get further clues about that mystery before the end of the book. I'm getting a little tired of HP's voice with all his excuses for why he still wants to continue playing The Game, despite the damage it's done to his friend's and family's lives (selfish fool), so Rebecca's become much more interesting and sympathetic to listen to. To be continued...Later that night - Great ending, very edge-of-your-seat reading (although there was no real cliff-hanger of is he/she going to live or die). The mystery behind the notes and the work day hang-ups was solved and you'll never guess how it comes out (I'm the queen of wild theories and this one didn't even cross my mind). The final twist in the tale (I love it when that happens, a shocker is revealed in the last sentences of the book, like in Scream 4, the one with Emma Roberts, I had no idea who the real killer was until they were revealed and I actually said "Oh! They're the one?!" out loud in the cinema, to the embarrassed horror of my friends). Can't WAIT for the next book to be available at the library.

  • Paul
    2019-06-05 11:43

    On its GameGame is the first book in the Game Trilogy by Swedish author Anders De La Motte and wow what an introduction to the series. The whole premise of the book a game seems that brings in all sections of society that is a secret but with public ramifications, it seems like a crazy plot that could actually happen in a computer game, the problem is this is no computer game that just gives the instructions. It may sound a bit out of the box but enough to be real and happening as we read.Henrik Pettersson better known to family and friends as HP has a criminal record is bright but also quite lazy, and is on the train home with a hangover when he notices that a phone has been left behind. The game starts when he picks up the phone and answers the message that has given him an easy challenge. He completes that task and it gives him a buzz, little does he know how far he will fall and how much his life could be in danger. As he goes he does not know who the Game Master is and who are the worker Ants, but who can he trust but at least he has his sister.Rebecca is a police officer and is working the body guard unit and is often bailing her brother HP out of all his scrapes but she does owe him. It is not until that their paths cross during the game does she realise how much trouble her brother is in. Once again as the big sister she tries to help him out, but that will cost her. At least she knows of all his friends he can trust Farook and he will tell her what is going on with HP. HP goes after the Game Master and has to enter his layer or so HP thinks, but there will be a cost. He again has to put himself in danger to achieve his target but what will happen next he does not know but one thing he is sure of is that he will have to get out of Sweden and live a low tech life in the hope he can stay alive. He has seen already what has happened to others who have played the game and ended up losing and he doesn’t want to be the next one. To find out what happens next leads us nicely into Buzz the next in the trilogy.......... I cannot wait good job I have a copy to read!

  • Христо Блажев
    2019-05-27 17:55

    В Играта ти си звездата… до време:Не е зле да си пуснете Prodigy (примерно ”Firestarter”), това е идеалният саундтрак за “Играта” на Андерш де ла Моте – точно тях слушах, докато я четях. Не съм голям фен на трилърите, но откакто прочетох изключителната “Милениум” на Стиг Ларшон, това започна да се променя. “Game, Buzz, Bubble” е също хитова шведска трилогия и очаквах с нетърпение да ми падне в ръцете – веднага трябва да кажа, че поне с оглед на първата част паралели с Ларшон могат да се правят (социалната критика и политическите интриги), но не бива да се прекалява с тях. Андерш де ла Моте в написал книга повече в стил “Боен клуб” на Чък Паланюк, но ориентирана изключително към действието, към напрежението, към шеметното развиване на сюжета в нови, неочаквани посоки.CIELA Books​

  • Silvia Ribeiro
    2019-05-22 11:08

    Ora se estava à espera que o livro fosse tão bom como aquele filme fantástico com o Michael Douglas, enganei-me. É mais fraco. Mas não desilude naquilo que se propõe. Mais um autor sueco para juntar à lista de escritores de policiais. Já tenho o segundo volume da trilogia na prateleira.

  • Simona Stoica
    2019-06-17 11:59

    Nu-mi amintesc de ce mi-a plăcut prima oară când am citit-o. Acum nu cred că mai continui seria.

  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    2019-05-26 15:01

    Το φετινό καλοκαίρι ήταν άκρως αστυνομικό. Δεκάδες οι τίτλοι που κυκλοφόρησαν, δεκάδες κι εκείνοι που είχαν κυκλοφορήσει τους προηγούμενους μήνες και περίμεναν υπομονετικά να πάρουν τη σειρά τους στην αναγνωστική μας λίστα. Ανάμεσά τους, τα βιβλία της τριλογία με υπερτίτλο "Game Trilogy", δια χειρός Anders de la Motte, η οποία και έφτασε στη χώρα μας χάρη στις εκδόσεις Κλειδάριθμος, που όσο ο καιρός περνάει, φέρνουν όλο και πιο δυνατά αστυνομικά μυθιστορήματα στο κοινό τους, κερδίζοντας δυναμικά έδαφος στις καρδιές μας. Η συγκεκριμένη τριλογία, λοιπόν, αποδείχτηκε πολύ περισσότερα απ' όσα περίμενα παίρνοντάς την στα χέρια μου και αυτό γιατί, μπορεί στην γενική της ιδέα να μου θύμισε το concept γνωστής σειράς ταινιών τρόμου, όμως στην εκτέλεσή της ήταν κάτι εντελώς φρέσκο και κυρίως, ευρηματικό.Το "Παιχνίδι", το πρώτο βιβλίο της σειράς, μας συστήνει τους ήρωές μας, τους Χένρικ Πέτερσον και την αδερφή του Ρεμπέκα, οι ζωές των οποίων καλούνται να περιπλεχθούν περισσότερο απ' όσο επιβάλλει ο συγγενικός τους δεσμός. Ο πρώτος, οκνηρός και γνήσιος γυρολόγος, ενώ ταξιδεύει με τον προαστιακό της Στοκχόλμης, βρίσκει στο διπλανό του κάθισμα ένα κινητό τηλέφωνο. Η οθόνη του κινητού ανάβει κι εμφανίζει ένα μήνυμα. "Θέλεις να παίξεις ένα παιχνίδι;", μια πρόσκληση που φυσικά αρνείται. Η οθόνη όμως ανάβει ξανά κι ένα νέο μήνυμα κάνει την εμφάνισή του. "Είσαι σίγουρος, Χένρικ Πέτερσον;", και όσο κι αν προσπαθεί να αρνηθεί, το "Ναι" είναι η μοναδική απάντηση που δέχεται η συσκευή. Έτσι, λοιπόν, ο Χένρικ βρίσκεται μπλεγμένος σ' ένα παιχνίδι που ακολουθεί ένα ιδιόρρυθμο σύστημα συλλογής πόντων που μεταφράζεται σε δολάρια, με τις αποστολές που του ανατίθενται να γίνονται όλο και δυσκολότερες. Την ίδια ώρα, η Ρεμπέκα, προσπαθεί να ξεφύγει από τα φαντάσματα του παρελθόντος της, που δεν φαίνεται να έχουν σκοπό να την αφήσουν σε ησυχία, με τους συναδέλφους στην αστυνομία να την παρακολουθούν ανήσυχα και καχύποπτα. Η ζωή της κυλά κάθε άλλο παρά αρμονικά, με τις δυσκολίες να αυξάνονται γι' αυτήν όλο και περισσότερο. Και τότε, μια πέτρα στο παρμπρίζ του περιπολικού της, θα φέρει ακόμα μεγαλύτερη αναστάτωση και θ' αλλάξει τη ζωή των δύο αδερφών με τρόπο αναπάντεχο.Ο συγγραφέας έχει επιλέξει την διπλή αφήγηση, με την ιστορία να μεταφέρεται σε εμάς πότε μέσα από την οπτική του Χένρικ και πότε μέσα από εκείνη της Ρεμπέκα, κάτι που μας επιτρέπει να έχουμε μια σφαιρική και ολοκληρωμένη εικόνα των γεγονότων, αλλά και μια εκ βαθέων κατάδυση στη συνείδηση και τα συναισθήματα τους καθενός τους. Άλλωστε, οι δρόμοι τους είναι παράλληλοι, το "παιχνίδι" στο οποίο έχει μπλεχτεί ο Χένρικ έμελλε ν' αφορά και τους δύο, δένοντάς τους με μια αόρατη, κόκκινη κλωστή, που ίσως και ν' αποδειχτεί πιο ισχυρή από εκείνη της γραμμής του αίματος μέσα από την οποία πήραν και οι δυο τους σάρκα και οστά. Με γρήγορο ρυθμό και ροή που τρέχει χωρίς να κουράζει ή ν' αφήνει νεκρά διαστήματα αδράνειας, το πρώτο αυτό βιβλίο της τριλογίας μας παρασύρει σε ένα ξέφρενο κυνηγητό, αλλά και σε ένα προσωρινό φινάλε που μας αφήνει με κομμένη την ανάσα, ζητώντας λίγο ακόμα. Και πραγματικά, χαίρομαι πολύ που περίμενα να διαβάσω τη σειρά ολοκληρωμένη, γιατί διαφορετικά θα είχα βασανιστεί.

  • Eric Boot
    2019-06-13 18:53

    Mwah, goed boek, ondanks het feit dat crime niet echt mijn ding is. Super geschreven, ook al was het soms een beetje onduidelijk en langdradig. Een puntje van kritiek: het verhaal speelt zich in Zweden af, waardoor alle straatnamen vreselijk lang en ingewikkeld zijn (bijv. Kymlingelänken of Torshamnsgatan), wat je echt 10 seconden daarna weer vergeten bent. Je oriëntatie wordt er zo niet beter op!

  • Patrice Hoffman
    2019-06-03 13:04

    Game: a competitive activity involving skill, chance, or endurance on the part of two or more persons who play according to a set of rules, usually for their own amusement or for that of spectatorsCourtesy of,LLCAfter seeing someone has left a phone on the train, what do you do? Do you try to flag them down in an effort to return their property or do you turn it on and consider yourself lucky to have found such a treasure? Before you can really figure what to do, the phone buzzs. Lo and behold, the person on the other line is asking if you want to play a game. Then suddenly, without knowing how to respond, the phone addresses you by name. How does the person on the other end sending messages know that you've found this phone? Figuring it's some funny joke, you agree to play The Game.Henrik Pettersson can't believe his luck when he finds a phone on the train. Instead of leaving it alone, he answers the call of The Game Master. Because HP is unlike the average person, he's the perfect candidate for The Game. He's a slacker, not really worried about the consequences of his actions, narcissitic, and impulsive. He lacks any real family or emotional connection to any one person. Swedish author Anders de la Motte's Game is fast paced and takes off like a rocket. He places HP into action almost immediately and never gives the reader a chance to get bored with The Game. Even when the novel shifts to a woman named Rebecca Normen. We don't know her connection to the progression of the story except that she's no-nonsense, tough, smart, and driven as a "personal protection coordinator". Because Game barely slows down for HP to catch a breath, his profile is given to readers through a glimpse of his file. This file is what was used to determine HP's qualifications of being a participant in The Game. It's may seem like cheating but Anders de la Motte does well in developing the Rebecca Normen character. She's the more enjoyable of the two main characters. After some time I found HP to be draining. He's dense and de la Motte never showcases the intelligence that was used as a determining factor in his being asked to join The Game. He's only able to get into contact with much smarter people. That's his only redeeming quality.Since HP isn't the brightest crayon in the box, nor does he think things through, I found it especially hard to back him 100%. Once he finds out the extent of what he's gotten hisself into, it's not all that obvious that he appreciates it. He almost takes for granted the long reach of the people he's involved with. He's frustrating to no end. Overall, I will be reading the next novel Buzz in the Game trilogy because I did like book 1 a lot. Game is engrossing and will appeal to fans of thrillers and suspense. The idea of someone being idiotic enough to do whatever a phone tells them just for a short time of recognition and praise is always an interesting topic in the age of social media and our phones being the source of everything that is anything. I am looking forward to finding out who wins the game. Will it be HP or The Game Master? Copy provided by Simon & Schuster via Netgalley

  • Cheryl Ann Roberts
    2019-05-25 17:42

    This book is the first book in the Game Trilogy by Swedish author Anders De La Motte. I got this one and the second book, Buzz, for free from Netgalley. I've read this one. I'm not sure if I want to read the second one.The premise is interesting. HP picks up a cell phone he thinks someone left on the train. It's sleek, shiny and state-of-the-art so he fiddles with it before deciding to look for its owner. The phone comes to life and asks HP if he wants to play a game. For stealing a fellow passenger's umbrella, HP will be awarded points. This seemingly harmless prank soon escalates into more egregious stunts, placing HP and others in danger.I found it very difficult to relate to, or even like, HP. He's an immature stoner without any likable qualities. Continuing to play the Game for the money is certainly understandable, given HP's existence. But the author makes it clear that it's less about the money and more the adrenaline rush he receives from knowing his escapades are being watched and rated. He's an absolutely despicable character.Ultimately I got sucked into the book. Who is behind the mastering of these Games? Why are these Games important? I'm sure the sequel will move the story toward that unveiling. I just don't know if I care enough about learning the answers.

  • Cheryl
    2019-06-11 16:46

    The more "gamer" books that I read, the more that there needs to be of these books. I am going to search to see what other books are out there like this. This needs to be its own genre. These books are great. Well the ones I have read thus far. I have been lucky to read some good ones. I had this book sitting on my shelf for quite a while. Recently, I have read or attempted to read and the last three to four books were not good. So, I was looking for something to pick me up again. I grabbed this book. This book starts out right away with Henrik receiving a message on a cell phone asking him if he wants to play a game. Of course, Henrik thinks it is a trick that a friend is playing on him and agrees. Before too long, Henrik is addicted to the game and becoming the best. No matter how big or dangerous the task is. The pacing is great and I actually felt sorry for Henrik finding himself in his situation, despite the fact that during the tasks he had no regard for others. The ending leaving you wanting to read the next book.

  • Desiree
    2019-06-16 11:46

    I received a free copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I loved this book! A real edge of your seat thriller! HP finds a cool looking cell phone on the train in Sweden. It keeps asking him if he wants to play a game and it knows his name. He eventually gets sucked into "The Game", earning kudos, points and money for doing progressively risky and illegal assigned tasks in the real world. He doesn't care why, he is having too much fun feeling like he is a superstar online as the camera on the phone records his antics and his "fans" watch and comment on the videos. The stakes get progressively higher and he finds himself in way over his head! This book drew me in right from the beginning and never let me down. Very well translated. Fast paced!This is the first book of a trilogy. The ending wraps up the story so you could read it as a standalone book. However, it does add in a little twist at the end that definitely makes you want to read the next book! I was not expecting it and it still has me thinking! No spoilers, though!Highly recommended!

  • Trpaslyk
    2019-06-14 13:45

    Po dlouhé době kniha, o které můžu s čistým svědomím říct, že je skvělá, že ji doporučuju. Potěšila mě jednak zajímavou zápletkou, jednak promyšleností, ale hlavně autorův jazyk (v kombinaci s vynikajícím překladem a precizní redakční prací – to už se dneska jen tak nevidí). Vážně vynikající čtení, úplná lahůdka. Těším se na další díl a trochu se bojím, aby mě nezklamal, jak to už někdy u pokračování dobrých prvních dílů bývá…

  • Sara Dalengren
    2019-05-22 18:41

    Härlig underhållning!

  • Patrícia
    2019-06-06 18:42

    RATING: 3 stars.Acabar livros ao fim de semana é um bocado chato para mim porque depois não posso logo escrever sobre eles e acabo por me esquecer de algumas das coisas que queria dizer... especialmente se se tratarem de livros tão pouco memoráveis como este. Passado um dia, aquilo de que mais vivamente me lembro sobre "O Jogo" é que o tradutor aparentemente traduziu "hard drive" por "disco duro".Iniciei a leitura de "O Jogo" com poucas expetativas... se ainda não disse isto (e duvido), digo-o agora: thrillers não costumam constituir leituras muito boas para mim. Não é um género que aprecie assim muito porque os mistérios são fáceis de adivinhar, a ação resulta geralmente melhor num filme e os heróis acabam sempre com a "boazona" no final (pensem em... Robert Langdon). Mas enfim, estava a precisar de algo diferente da fantasia e da ficção científica para espairecer e este autor é sueco e parece que eles agora são os mestres do thriller, por isso... bem, vocês podem imaginar o que aconteceu (e a capa tem um telemóvel todo estilhaçado, how cool is that?). Infelizmente não é "O Jogo" que me vai fazer ficar a gostar mais do género. Apesar deste livro não ter sido mau, per se, digamos que também não é propriamente uma obra-prima do thriller e do mistério... e certamente que não está ao nível de Stieg Larsson.Na verdade, creio que este livro será mais bem recebido por quem nunca viu O Jogo, o que não é o meu caso. Esta leitura foi uma experiência doida de "deja vu", com o nosso protagonista envolvido num jogo patrocinado por pessoas desconhecidas, mas ricas e aparentemente com muito tempo livre. Mas em vez de termos o Michael Douglas e um calhamaço dos anos 90 com uma antena de meio metro, temos um gajo qualquer (que não é rico nem nada assim) com um touchscreen com mensagens e net. :PO nosso protagonista é HP (sinceramente nem vou tentar encontrar o nome dele na maioria das vezes chamam-no assim de qualquer modo), um homem na casa dos 30 que vive como se tivesse 21: basicamente é um criminoso ocasional com pouca moral e muita necessidade de afirmação. O típico herói deste género de livros (exceto que os outros protagonistas geralmente não são criminosos e são bem sucedidos, mas de resto...). Bem, o HP encontra um telemóvel num comboio e decide ganhar uns trocos vendendo-o, mas de repente começam a enviar-lhe mensagens e sabem o nome dele e tudo. E querem que ele participe num jogo, e o HP (alguém já está a ter imagens recorrentes de impressoras?) fica todo contente e vai logo fazer o que lhe dizem as mensagens. Ao mesmo tempo, seguimos a vida de uma pessoa que aparentemente não está relacionada com o enredo, uma guarda-costas chamada Rebecca. Este foi o primeiro aspeto que me irritou: narrativa de dois pontos de vista. Sinceramente, o ponto de vista da Rebecca tem pouca importância para a história geral, exceto deixar o leitor a pensar qual será a relação dela com HP (esta parte foi bem conseguida, confesso), mas no fim não valeu a pena a fragmentação da narrativa.Depois temos o próprio HP: irresponsável e quase sociopata no seu desprendimento relativamente às suas ações, poderia ter sido um personagem bastante interessante... nas mãos de um escritor que tivesse realmente desenvolvido a personagem. Mas HP nunca é mais do que um idiota mesquinho que não mede, de todo, as consequências dos seus atos.Por fim, temos o enredo. Admito que a ideia de um jogo global que pode ser responsável por muitos dos grandes atos criminosos da História tem o seu quê de intrigante, mas não da forma como é visto por HP. Além disso, não conseguia deixar de pensar em Douglas e no filme com o mesmo nome.No geral, uma leitura rápida, mas não achei que este "O Jogo" fosse especialmente bom. Como sempre, ação e thrillers resultam melhor em filme. Pelo menos para mim. No entanto, quem gosta deste género poderá querer ler o livro, que tem ação e thriller suficientes para interessar. Mas não é nada que mantenha uma atenção constante, algo que costumo procurar num thriller.

  • Dr. Trent
    2019-06-15 18:01

    In recent months, I have read a number for fiction/thriller books that were translated from another language and were outstanding. For instance, Dark Days (as well as the other books in this series) by Manel Loureiro are some of the best examples of imagery and character development that I have seen in the post-apocalyptic genre over the course of the last several years. Game, by Anders de la Motte, however is slow, stylistically uneven, and literarily clumsy.I am not sure if this is due to a bad translator or a bad writer, but the book is desperately in need of a revision before being read by American audiences. For instance, the narrative pops in and out of colloquialisms and cultural references that would confuse the average reader. Either being consistently European or consistently American would offer a balance but the terminology seems to shift back and forth. The dialogue is most places is stiff and seems to rely heavily on vernacular and the profane language to get across the simplest of ideas.While the foreign setting is interesting and potentially fresh to an American reader, the author’s use of detail is stark. This minimalistic approach might be engaging if the description in the prose connected with the reader’s senses or more. Perhaps the author could even try to incorporate analogies that would incorporate more western audiences. Unfortunately, the lack of imagery, analogy, and foreground makes it hard to connect with either the protagonist or the setting. What the author does seem to have a penchant for is conflict. Much of both the story and character development comes about in the shifting internal and external conflicts the character has with society, other people, and himself. This helps to make the character and situation more realistic; however, it does not create any sense of cathartic connection between the characters and the reader. In short, the characters are realistic but not likeable.The overall structure and style seems to be overtly simplistic. It has an inordinate amount of short, choppy sentences that become intrusive and counter-productive to the flow of the book. The overall idea is interesting and my hope is that the only problem with the book is that they took the lowest bidder for the translation contract: A problem that could be rectified in later books. If you can wade through the language difficulties you may be able to enjoy an inventive storyline with some interesting twists; however, if prose and style are important to you there are better choices out there.Dr. Nicholson reviews academic, Christian living, and fiction books for a variety of publishers in an array of formats. He is never paid for any of his reviews. For more reviews or information, visit Dr. Nicholson’s blog at book for this review was provided free of charge by Atria Books through This book was provided without the expectation or requirement of a positive response. Thank you to both the publisher and for the opportunity to both read your advanced copy and to provide this unpaid evaluation. All opinions in this review reflect the views of the author and or the publisher.

  • Ana Pereira
    2019-06-18 15:46

    I saw this book in a bookstore and I was immediately attracted by its cover and after I read the synopses it seemed a very interesting and promising book.The story begins when HP finds a cellphone in a train, and basically, in the first chapter, we find an annoying smartphone asking HP if he wants to play The Game. It took me a while to finish this chapter because I knew HP would play The Game (obviously, that’s the tittle of this 300-and-something-pages-book) so all that narrative was a little boring. Nevertheless, chapter one finally ended and the following chapters were much more interesting, easy to read and action packed, with twists and turns that will leave us wondering what will happen next.HP has the main POV of this book, and what can I say about him? He’s immature, irresponsible, egocentric, and with sociopath tendencies if you ask me (I mean, he gets off as he watches the videos of his criminals acts!). Lastly, for someone described as intelligent, he can be really dumb and naïve. His POV are easy to read but his monologues are so… ridiculous! It seems that the author is desperately trying to be funny, but all that he accomplish to create is an egomaniac silly character who acts like a prick towards the (very few) people in his pathetic life.The other POV is Rebecca’s, which is far more boring. If HP was absurd, Rebecca is plain. She’s just another character trying to prove her value in a world of (somewhat myogenic) men, while dealing with her dark past. I, however, don’t dislike her because she’s very strong and caring and she seems a much more believable character than HP. Even though her storyline is quite common, I would like to know more about her and I wish her character had more development. The narrative continues in a fast and interesting pace, building up the mystery around The Game. The only thing I found off putting were the constant cuts between HP and Rebecca’s POV, leaving me sometimes lost in the story and a bit confused. However, it was interesting to see how these two characters cross paths (in an almost unrealistic sets of coincidences) and how they interact with each other. With a stupid protagonist with no-redeeming characteristics as HP, and with a somewhat-boring and unoriginal female character such as Rebecca, I can truly say that The Game was the only reason I continued reading this book (although The Game seems unbelievable almighty, but I guess that’s what makes the storyline exciting). I didn’t buy the book in the bookstore; a friend lend it to me and I am thankful for that. Now that I’ve finish reading it, and even though I really liked the ending, I realize this isn’t a book I would spend my money in. Overall, it was interesting and somewhat funny, but it’s a type of book I would only read in the train or when I’m bored.

  • Dahlia
    2019-05-26 19:07

    Sjećate se onog filma "Igra" s Michaelom Douglasom u kojem on glumi Nicholasa Van Ortona, bogatog bankara i samotnjaka, kojem brat da iskaznicu kojom stupa u tajanstvenu igru pa mu se svijet okreće naopačke? E, u biti ovaj roman ima istu premisu, samo što je radnja smještena u ovo stoljeće i igra koju igra glavni lik, Henrik "HP" Pettersen, vezana je za mobitel koji on "slučajno" pronalazi u vlaku. Uskoro se njegov život toliko zakomplicira, da on sam ne zna razlučiti igru od stvarnosti, a izlaza nema...Iako ideja romana nije originalna, sama radnja teče brzo, a stil je jednostavan i čitljiv, ne prelazeći granice lošeg stila. Što se tiče glavnog lika, on je iritantan, samodopadan, jedno obično parazitsko smeće kojeg sigurno nećete zavoljeti, ali ćete za njega navijati do kraja, jer njegova bezizlazna situacija, koja podsjeca na igru mačke i miša, Toma i Jerryja, nas tjera da podsvjesno navijamo za onog manjeg, jer unatoč prirodnom poretku, mi težimo pomoći slabijem. A Henrik "HP" Pettersen je slab od početka; on je jedan od onih koji iskorištavaju blagodati stabilne socio-ekonomske države, kako bi se svakodnevno izležavao na kauču uz svoju najnoviju, navodno ukradenu, igraću konzolu i skupi model televizora. On je slab na svoju sestru, jedino živo biće do kojeg mu je stalo, što Voditelj igre itekako zna iskoristiti. Drugim riječima, inteligentni, ali ljigavi i lijeni Henrik, idealan je kandidat za adrenalinsku igru u kojoj uskoro ljudi počnu gubiti glave, a naš dragi Henrik, kojeg mrzimo, ali ga i nekako volimo, shvaća da je zagazio malo preduboko u svijet u kojem vladaju samo novac i opklade većih, moćnijih ljudi...Radnja ove knjige nas na neki način navodi da se i mi zapitamo da li i mi živimo u virtualnom svijetu sličnom Henrikovom, u kojem svi igramo jednu vrstu igre i mislimo da imamo kontrolu, a zapravo smo marionete kojom upravljaju neki zakulisni, bogati igrači, čije sjene samo možemo nazrijeti, ali ih nikad potpuno dohvatiti.Knjigu bih preporučila onima koji vole zavjere, adrenalinske igrice i lako štivo koje će vas opustiti na plaži ili kod kuće, za vrijeme vrućih ili hladnih dana.

  • Michael
    2019-05-27 18:44

    Henrik "HP" Pettersson is an immature person who has no impulse control. He is riding on a train and sees a mobile phone on the seat. When he looks at it, there is a message to him, inviting him to join a game. He thinks his friend set this up but goes along with it. He's told to wear a small camera on his clothing and is excited that people will watch his actions. HP is given small challenges to begin with. These are usually illegal things like stealing a man's umbrella but HP doesn't care if things are illegal or not. He's a loner and feels good that anyone cares about him.The game is controlled by a mystery Game Master and HP is told that a main rule is that he can't discuss the game with anyone.HP's sister is Rebecca, "Becca." She's a Swedish Security officer and as different from HP as can be. She's motivated, efficient and dedicated to her job. She does owe HP a big favor because he took the fall when the man she was dating, became abusive, in an argument when he beat up HP Becca did something that caused the man to die. HP said he did it and did time in jail.The plot was far fetched. HP doesn't seem to be able to resist the orders he's given. He shows little remorse when Becca is injured in one of his challenges. He reminded me of The Manchurian Candidate.The plot was confusing and some of the characters had numerous nicknames so it was difficult to be sure who was talking or being spoken to. Perhaps that is because this is a translation but it proved to be distracting.HP isn't a likable character and if it weren't for Becca, this wouldn't be as entertaining. She is a character we can sympathize with and hope that she won't be too harmed by HP's actions.

  • Norelle
    2019-05-23 13:59

    3,5Sākumā grāmata uzsita ''Erebos'' sajūtu. Likās, līdzīgs princips, tikai viss krutākā līmenī - ar filmēšanām, faniem utt.Taču, viss nemaz nebija tā, kā izskatījās sākumā. Grāmata mani apčakarēja pirmajā pusē. Par to, protams, plusi. Kas attiecas uz beigu daļu - man bija savas versijas par šo un to(neprecizēšu, jo tas būtu spoileris) un - pēdējā lpp pierādīja, ka esmu trāpījusi ar minējumu vismaz vienā lietā. Taču, pareizi nojautu arī vēl citu lietu. Vārdu sakot, grāmatas pirmā puse man šķita aizraujošāka, nekā pēdējās nodaļas. Tā arī lasījās uz priekšu daudz ātrāk(varētu pat teikt, ka es to apriju).Galvenais varonis - geimeris. Ko tur citu teikt. Vecums nemaina neko. Vēlme pēc fanu pūļiem, novērtējuma un galvenās lomas - tā kā realitāte viņam tāda crappy, protams, ka viņš gribēs izbēgt no tās un Spēlēt. Lai gan šī spēle iziet ārpus datora vai telefona ekrāna - tā vienalga ir spēle un viņam ir iespējas sajusties krutam, apbrīnotam utt. Spēle labi zin,uz kurām pogām spiest, lai uzkurinātu spēlētāju.Katrā ziņā, man tas geimera tēls bija interesantāks nekā beibe Rebeka un viņas tipiskā pagātne(vardarbīgs ''mīļotais'', ne tā labākā bērnība utt). Nekas jauns tur.Ja pareizi saprotu, tad vēl 2 grāmatām jābūt šajā sērijā. Nu - tas nozīmē, ka boss fight vēl tikai būs :DIzklaidei,tīri laba izvēle. Vismaz es labi izklaidējos :). Ir spriedzīte, Spēle, teorijas un autors to visu prasmīgi salicis nodaļās, kuras izvietojis pārdomātā kārtībā, vajadzīgajos brīžos pārlecot no vieniem notikumiem, pie citiem, bet atkal nevelkot pārāk ilgi atgriešanos pie turpināšanas.

  • Netta
    2019-06-16 17:56

    רעיון מעניין, אך בפועל - ביצוע משמים להחריד. לא סיימתי.

  • Margaret
    2019-05-22 17:50

    Promising idea, but not so well executed! It had its moments of excitement but didn't escalate the way I hoped! The writing style, a little bit confusing but you can follow it after a while. The ending is pointing towards the second book.

  • Carla Geraldes
    2019-06-04 16:05

    Viciante, apaixonante e ao mesmo tempo aterrador, se pensarmos que um dia isto posso mesmo acontecer (ou será que já está a acontecer?)

  • Katy Noyes
    2019-05-25 17:39

    3.5 stars Translated without issue, this is a fast-paced thriller, an intriguing concept, though the characters aren't always the most sympathetic.Rebecca is a police officer, intent on her career, talented and with issues from her past she is trying to live with. HP (Hendrik) is ambition-less, an opportunist, egotistical. On a train one day, he spots an abandoned mobile phone and of course, takes it, but immediately finds his name appearing on the screen and himself pulled into a world of dares, assignments, and increasingly dangerous tasks. This reminded me of the Michael Douglas film, also called 'The Game', which kept you guessing to the end. This reveals secrets through the running length, with a quite clever moment out of The Silence of the Lambs that fools you into misunderstanding Rebecca and HP's relationship, if only the book blurb hadn't already given this away!Rebecca's story, I enjoyed more - she's a bit of a Clarice Starling herself, driven and intelligent. She plays second fiddle to HP though, as it's HIS 'game' and actions that drive the plot. And HP is pretty revolting as a human, a user of women, egotist, thoughtless. The plot drives you to read on, but I really didn't like HP. Some good red herrings, some enjoyable minor characters (Manga, HP's friend).I liked the main plot idea, the rollercoaster of it, however silly it ultimately is. It would make a good film, though I'm not sure I'm going to read the next two books in the trilogy.

  • Tony
    2019-06-13 14:06

    My Grade = 92% - AFirst published in Sweeden in 2010; first English translation 2013.The book cover lists it as "A Thriller."I must say that this was an extremely interesting premise for a story line.How it begins, with No Spoilers.Our hero, 31 year old slacker and resident of Stockholm, Henrik (HP) Pettersson, is riding a bus when the person sitting across the aisle exits, leaving his phone. Never one to miss an opportunity to sell something that is not his, HP picks it up, and the screen comes to life saying, "Wanna play a Game?" followed by buttons for Yes and No.He thinks about it for a minute and the message changes to "Wanna play a Game, Henrik Pettersson? He presses the No button, and the message changes to "Are you really sure you don't want to play a Game, HP?"From that moment on, to the end of the book, HP is obsessed with the Game.The story is told from two POVs, HP's and his sisters, (Becca).It was a wild ride all the way through. I was only reading it for a day when I ordered the second and third books in the trilogy and am presently working on Book 2 - Buzz.The cover of Book 1 clearly states: Book I of The Game Trilogy, so that's how I knew to order the next two.

  • Katka Chudá
    2019-06-01 13:56

    Kniha je plná detského správania dospelých ľudí, čo tejto knihe veľmi neprospieva. Hlavný problém boli pre mňa postavy.HP - správa sa ako teenager, napred koná, potom rozmýšľa, hrá sa dajakého hrdinu a potom sa snaží odstaviť celú hru, akoby bol nejaký hrdina z Marvelu (a najhoršie na tom je, že sa mu to podarí)... Samozrejme len s pomocou šikovných ľudí. A keď tak nad tým rozmýšľam, však on nič vlastne neurobil (skoro). Rebecca - pre mňa úplne nevýrazná postava, jedine ak nesympatická. V jednom kuse ju zužuje jej "tmavá minulosť" a z jej pohľadu vnímame len to a samozrejme, ešte prácu. Postavy za mňa jedno veľké mínus.Príbeh ešte dobre, nápad skvelý, až na to, že to bolo úplne nelogické. Akoby mohol nejaký chlapík, ktorý nemá ani strechu nad hlavou a žije vďaka ľútosti jeho priateľa, zničiť niečo také "veľké" (ako tam všetci spomínali) ako je Hra? Však to vraj bolo lepšie zabezpečené ako CIA, FBI a NASA dokopy! Takže táto kniha získala dve hviezdičky, lebo viac si za mňa rozhodne nezaslúži.

  • Camille
    2019-06-15 12:52

    This was way more than I expected but as good as I wanted it to be. The plot moves along at a great pace and even though the point of view can change so fast that you may have to go back and re-read the first sentence to understand who is talking, it was worth it. This was really good. The writing stayed true to each character and the "whodunit" stays in place throughout the story. I finished it and am still a little wary of some of the characters. I kind of predicted a portion of the end but there is a twist that I wasn't ready for and it didn't disappoint. I'm pretty positive that I will read the second book and probably the third.

  • Thanasis Papageorgiou
    2019-05-18 15:05