Books

December Reads: “Sharp Objects” and “EndGame: The Calling”

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I’m almost done with the Peculiar Children Series! I’m currently deciding which book to read next. From the pile, it came down to these two. Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects and the End Game by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton.

Courtesy of Goodreads, here are their Synopsis:

Sharp Objects

WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

Gillian Flynn is also the author of the popular “Gone Girl”, which is now a major motion picture. I haven’t read Gone Girl myself, but my friends gave it quite the praise, and it is on my “To-Be-Read” List. Hmm…probably after these actually 🙂 I enjoy mystery books, they stimulate my deductive reasoning and it’s entertaining to let my mind play with the clues and such.

EndGame: “The Calling”

Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.

This is Endgame.

For ten thousand years the lines have existed in secret. The 12 original lines of humanity. Each had to have a Player prepared at all times. They have trained generation after generation after generation. In weapons, languages, history, tactics, disguise assassination. Together the players are everything: strong, kind, ruthless, loyal, smart, stupid, ugly, lustful, mean, fickle, beautiful, calculating, lazy, exuberant, weak. They are good and evil. Like you. Like all.

This is Endgame.

When the game starts, the players will have to find three keys. The keys are somewhere on earth. The only rule of their Endgame is that there are no rules. Whoever finds the keys first wins the game. Endgame: The Calling is about the hunt for the first key. And just as it tells the story of the hunt for a hidden key, written into the book is a puzzle. It invites readers to play their own Endgame and to try to solve the puzzle. Whoever does will open a case filled with gold. Alongside the puzzle will be a revolutionary mobile game built by Google’s Niantic Labs that will allow you to play a real-world version of Endgame where you can join one of the lines and do battle with people around you.

Will exuberance beat strength? Stupidity top kindness? Laziness thwart beauty? Will the winner be good or evil? There is only one way to find out.

Play.
Survive.
Solve.
People of Earth.
Endgame has begun.

This was bought out of impulse (I’m that person who impulsively buys books if I found the book cover pretty, regardless whether I knew the synopsis beforehand or not. Usually, I strike lucky with this habit. Haha). And it reminds me of other battle for survival type books like Battle Royale (I highly suggest checking out the movie too!), The Hunger Games, Divergent, and the Legend Series. I love enjoy books with these kinds of stories because I always enjoy reading how the characters determine their faith if they get thrown into life and death uncertainty, and what they would risk or sacrifice for.

Toughie, both seem intriguing to read. I’m actually all giddy and excited to start on them. Haha. I’ll update soon which one I pick (which, would actually end up with me undecided, and go with flipping a coin for the decision) as well as a review of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series.

What about you guys? Have you read the Books? What are your insights about them? 🙂

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