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Charlie and his friends have entered the God Game.
Tasks are delivered through their phone-screens and high-tech glasses. When they accomplish a mission, the game rewards them. Charlie’s money problems could be over. Vanhi can erase the one bad grade on her college application. It’s all harmless fun at first.
Then the threatening messages start.
Worship me. Obey me.
Mysterious packages show up at their homes. Shadowy figures start following them.
Who else is playing this game, and how far will they go to win?
As Charlie looks for a way out, he finds God is always watching – only He will say when the game is done.
And if you die in the game, you die for real.
The God Game is a thoroughly engrossing, unsettling book and was a brilliant first read of 2020! It's the first adult fiction I've read for a while and has definitely made me want to read more in a similar vein.
It draws together different genres to create something that feels completely unique. The overarching structure is a tense thriller but it also takes the best elements from horror and sci-fi.
I really liked how it delves into the perils of technology in a way that feels authentic, but also accessible for someone who isn't technologically inclined. It's a rare book that can make you think about human nature, morality and religion at the same time as staying at a thrilling pace.
Another real strength of this book is the characterisation. I loved getting to know these characters, flaws and all. Their group dynamic and the characters themselves are very well-drawn and believable. The plot pushed each of them to extremes and it was fascinating to watch their responses.
This is one of those books that will stay with me, and has made me think as well as being a fast-paced, entertaining read.
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