Game by Anders de la Motte
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
U.S. Publication Date: December 2013
Source: Received copy from the publisher
Follow the rules and everybody gets hurt . . .
Sunday morning after a long night of partying, Henrik “HP” Pettersson, a
slacker with a lot of ego and very little impulse control, finds a cell
phone of an unfamiliar make on a commuter train. Through insisting and
slightly uncanny messages that refer to him by name, the phone invites
him to play a game. HP accepts without hesitation.
The rules are
that HP must complete tasks that range from childish pranks to criminal
acts, as allocated by the mysterious Game Master. HP is the perfect
contender—alienated from society, devoid of morals, and desperate for
fame. His completion of the assignments are filmed and uploaded onto a
protected server where viewers rate the Players’ performances.
Game starts out innocently enough and then becomes increasingly risky,
threatening the safety of someone close to HP. He is determined to
become a superstar, but when the dark and tragic secrets of his family’s
past are at stake, HP must make a choice. Will he suffer the
humiliation of defeat, or will the need to win push him to the limit—no
matter the cost?
I'm not quite sure what to think about this book. On the one hand, it was pretty interesting. There are lots of twists and turns, and the reader really doesn't know exactly what's going on, even to the very end. The main character was so unlikable that it made the book hard to read. It's no fun being inside the head of a jerk for a whole book. But somehow, when finishing the book, I kinda want to read the next one. So I guess you could say I liked the book well enough.