Title: The Game
Author: Shane Scollins
Published: March 13th 2013 by Limitless Publishing
Genre: Adult Thriller
Source: Reading Addiction Blog Tours
No matter where you are, they’ll find you, and put you in “The GAME”.
Candice Laguna’s life is being systematically dismantled, by an unknown force, for a reason she can’t imagine. But she is about to become the unwilling star of a reality game competition the likes of which has never been broadcast to the world.
Just when things get darkest, a mysterious man snatches her from the grips of doom. He is a man who is not what he appears, and not who he says. He has no name and his motivation to help Candice is not what it seems to be.
THE GAME is a mystery/thriller with an unpredictable paranormal twist. It has action and adventure and plays up the everyday exploitation of reality television obsession gone wrong.
This was my first taste of this author’s work, and clearly I did not read the synopsis well enough. The “unpredictable paranormal twist” threw me for a what the hell?. I found it a little jarring and distracting, truth be told. It also wrapped things up a little too neatly. I liked the plotline about Lukas and the leaping, but would probably have liked it more if stood on its own.
Now the sadistic reality show angle is pretty cool. I guess I’m as sick as the rest of the world, I was fascinated by the idea of how far people would go in exploiting others for the sake of fame and entertainment. I felt the story held back in that area. For all the chasing and mental anguish the main character, Candice Laguna, is put through in the beginning, the part with the actual game is over very quickly. It’s not like I want more torturing of women, but I was hoping for something… I don’t know, just more. Creepier. More of the mental anguish and less of the guy in the leather mask. More guys, really. Why is it always the girls getting beaten down?
The bad guy, Angus, was the most interesting character in the story to me. I think I would have liked to spend a little more time in his unhinged mind.
This is most definitely not YA, as listed. *scratches head* I’m not sure why anyone would think it was.
Shane Scollins is a freelance writer and author. Originally from New Jersey, he now resides in Upstate New York with his wife, Heather. He has worked as an automotive service manager, a website developer and a computer network engineer. Primarily a science fiction and paranormal novelist, Shane enjoys taking readers on surprising and unexpected journeys that twist reality.