The Dying Game by Asa Avdic (2 out of 5) 

This was one little twisty pretzel; this book. It’s a slim little volume and easy to get into. Lots of shockers in this one. The only problem is that it throws one at you that changes the entire book. And that one leads to an ending that makes no sense. It made me very angry to get to the end of this one. I love the concept, cared about the characters, and Then. It. Went. Kerflooey. This will sometimes happen, my friends. But what a bummer. What a bummer. If you want to check it out yourself, this will be out August 1, via Penguin Random House. 

The year 2037 brings with it many changes, including the way the bureaucracy finds recruits for its totalitarian government. Seven people, all different and yet sharing the same trait of their lives being in free fall before this experiment, are sent to the remote island of Isola, to participate in a 48-hour stress test for an intelligence position with The Union of Friendship. Anna is the first person picked, and she is told her assignment..she has to “disappear” within the house after staging her death and then watch the other six react to her death and the realization that there is a murderer among them. Of course, she is to keep it secret, but that’s before the strong a tactics, illegal drugs, hidden guns, and the other doctor on board are all revealed to Anna. She is in way over her head, but can she extract herself from the situation? Making things worse is Mother Nature, when a wild storm rolls in, the lights go down, and when they come back on…well, WOW. And then NO. So many chances for redemption are shot in the foot in those final two chapters. So prepare for a great ride, only to end up in a teacup ride with a costumed princess drinking lukewarm Lipton. Just not my idea of a great ending. 

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~ by generationgbooks on July 7, 2017.

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