The God Game

The God Game[BOOKS] ⚣ The God Game By Danny Tobey – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk You are invited Come inside and play with GODBring your friends It s fun But remember the rules Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE Lose, you die With those words, Charlie and his friends enter the GOD You are invited Come inside and play with GODBring your friends It s fun But remember the rules Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE Lose, you die With those words, Charlie and his friends enter The God Game, a video game run by underground hackers and controlled by a mysterious AI that believes it s God Through their phone screens and high tech glasses, the teens realities blur with a virtual world of The God Kindle - creeping vines, smoldering torches, runes, glyphs, gods, and mythical creatures When they accomplish a mission, the game rewards them with expensive tech, revenge on high school tormentors, and cash flowing from ATMs Slaying a hydra and drawing a bloody pentagram as payment to a Greek god seem harmless at first Fun evenBut then the threatening messages start Worship me Obey me Complete a mission, however cruel, or the game reveals their secrets and crushes their dreams Tasks that seemed harmless at first take on deadly consequences Mysterious packages show up at their homes Shadowy figures start following them, appearing around corners, attacking them in parking garages Who else is playing this game, and how far will they go to win And what of the game s first promise win, win big, lose, you die Dying in a virtual world doesn t really mean death in real life does it As Charlie and his friends try to find a way out of the game, they realize they ve been manipulated into a bigger web they can t escape an AI that learned its cruelty from watching usGod is always watching, and He says when the game is done. It wasn t the best example of the fantasy genre but surprisingly this book hooked me from the beginning, glued to my fingers, captured my mind even it s quite mash up of Stranger Things concept waltz with some Black Mirror episodes and finally doing Macarena dance with Ready Player One and takes a bow after the powerful performance accompanied by Nerve Emma Roberts and brother Franco teamed up for deadly truth or dare concept There are also some vibes of Ready Player One hid inside that It wasn t the best example of the fantasy genre but surprisingly this book hooked me from the beginning, glued to my fingers, captured my mind even it s quite mash up of Stranger Things concept waltz with some Black Mirror episodes and finally doing Macarena dance with Ready Player One and takes a bow after the powerful performance accompanied by Nerve Emma Roberts and brother Franco teamed up for deadly truth or dare concept There are also some vibes of Ready Player One hid inside that you easily catch So when you see all those references you want to dive in without thinking This kind of fast paced, full of action and entertaining books interestingly relaxes my mind and make me feel like I m a part of team to fight against the obstacles for achieving my goals It s better than wasting my time by competing at play station tournaments I had a husband spent his last weekend with his friends sleepless bath less proper food less on the couch like a statue, only his fingers for moving, eyes glued on the screen, playing Fifa 18 So I know if they read my review about the games, they ll come after me I am not afraid of you sleepless, game addict zombies Let s get back to the plot Story starts with Charlie and his gang s invitation to play a game with God We don t know it is a sign of inferiority complex or they are playing games with Morgan Freeman on the computer It seems like their God stalking their daily moves and commands them to pull some pranks on students and teachers in exchange cash rewards But the challenges become compelling, confusing and finally their friendship seems to be broken because the tasks they get start to turn them against each other Finally everything gets out of their control They became jealous, paranoid, and find their loyalties, priorities getting tested.So this marvelous, entertaining, heart throbbing page turner gave me so much fun and I wantI felt like I still had some place to tastesweets of game world Special thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press to share this wild and exciting ride ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter 5 Black Mirror esque Vibe Stars for The God Game The G.O.D Game has rules Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE Lose, YOU DIESimple right It all begins in good fun when the Vindicators, a group of teenage gamers hackers, enter the game The game is enticing as it blurs the VR world with their real surroundings Accomplish a mission and receive spoils in the game and in real life Sounds great, right It is, until the game s missions turn cruel, sinister and can result in death bo 5 Black Mirror esque Vibe Stars for The God Game The G.O.D Game has rules Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE Lose, YOU DIESimple right It all begins in good fun when the Vindicators, a group of teenage gamers hackers, enter the game The game is enticing as it blurs the VR world with their real surroundings Accomplish a mission and receive spoils in the game and in real life Sounds great, right It is, until the game s missions turn cruel, sinister and can result in death both theirs and others.Is there a way out of the G.O.D Game Or does dying in the virtual world really mean death in real life So, I m not a huge sci fi reader I read it every now and then BUT this book absolutely had me hooked It feltlike a thriller as the Vindicators fought for their lives, trying to get out of the game aliveThis was a wild ride with the missions, threats, secrets and repercussions getting crazier and deadlier with every turn of the page.The characters were well done and their story was solidly fleshed out so that you really come to care for this band of misfit friends and find yourself rooting for them There were some great underlying themes of friendship, family and loyalty here amidst all the game action and the short chapters really keep you turning the pages You ll find yourself thinking just onechapter only to realize later that hours have passed and you re almost done with the book A huge thank you to Edelweiss, St Martin s Press and Danny Tobey for providing me with an advance digital copy of this book to read review. 5 Amazing Stars The God Game Can I just say that My Mind Is BLOWN The God Game is a Virtual Video Game that intertwines with Real Life Take part in the game and do well and you will get rewarded in real life, screw up and you are penalized in real life Win and All of Your Dreams Come True Lose, You DieNo Joke Not a game I would ever play, though I m happy to read about it In truth, this is a game of Friendship, Family, Loyalty, Ethics and Morality It s simple really, then again, 5 Amazing Stars The God Game Can I just say that My Mind Is BLOWN The God Game is a Virtual Video Game that intertwines with Real Life Take part in the game and do well and you will get rewarded in real life, screw up and you are penalized in real life Win and All of Your Dreams Come True Lose, You DieNo Joke Not a game I would ever play, though I m happy to read about it In truth, this is a game of Friendship, Family, Loyalty, Ethics and Morality It s simple really, then again, maybe not In truth, there is NOTHING simple about The God Game It is brilliant, complex, compelling, entertaining, thrilling and action packed It s Science Fiction and a Thriller rolled into one and I highly recommend it To Danny Tobey Bravo What an amazing feat, dude P.S Loved the nod to one of the best trilogies of all time awesome Thank you to St Martin s Press and Danny Tobey for the arc.Published on Goodreads on 5.24.20 This question is only for those who enjoy video games What if you could live a video game, life became a video game Charlie and his tech group, the Vindicators, join The G.O.D Game that is run by an AI that has been programmed to believe it is God They wear high tech glasses that change give the real world a creepy and ever changing interface The game is able to take over their phones, their computers, and they soon learn, every aspect of their lives and the lives of those around them N This question is only for those who enjoy video games What if you could live a video game, life became a video game Charlie and his tech group, the Vindicators, join The G.O.D Game that is run by an AI that has been programmed to believe it is God They wear high tech glasses that change give the real world a creepy and ever changing interface The game is able to take over their phones, their computers, and they soon learn, every aspect of their lives and the lives of those around them Nothing is safe from the AI s interference and they are asked or told to do things that they would never do if they didn t feel coerced or blackmailed into doing them It doesn t take long until some of the group want out but there is no leaving the game without death For me, this was a very immersive story and I could feel the desperation, elation, and fear of the group members as the game pitted them against each other, behind the scenes, while encouraging them to work together, on the surface Bad things happen andbad things happen and there seems to be no way out of the game, except death, although even that could causebad things to happen I know I ll never join a game like this, with promises too good to be true, risks too great, mysteries as deep as a bottomless pit Thank you to St Martin s Press and NetGalley for this ARC Even though I don t read science fiction very often and don t consider myself a gamer my Atari Nintendo Super Nintendo playing experience in the 80s and 90s doesn t count right , I actually enjoyed this book Now, I m not going to pretend I understood everything the author was going for here but this was a fascinating read for me and is a good example of how I need to branch out of my reading comfort zone every once in awhile Charlie and his friends are seniors in high school They call thems Even though I don t read science fiction very often and don t consider myself a gamer my Atari Nintendo Super Nintendo playing experience in the 80s and 90s doesn t count right , I actually enjoyed this book Now, I m not going to pretend I understood everything the author was going for here but this was a fascinating read for me and is a good example of how I need to branch out of my reading comfort zone every once in awhile Charlie and his friends are seniors in high school They call themselves the Vindicators and are not the most popular kids in school There s a bit of a Stranger Things type vibe to the group They get invited to play The God Game, it s some mysterious underground type video game where they communicate with AI who goes by the name, God It s a high risk, high reward type game Your real life wishes could come true, but if you mess up, well, you could wind up dead Sounds fun, right Well, maybe at first, but then stuff really starts to get out of control.I was hooked basically from the beginning as the whole mysterious God thing and what that was all about had me wanting to find outWhat made this a fun read was I truly had no idea what the end game so to speak was going to be and what direction the story was going to go in Charlie is what I would call the main character, but the story does alternate between his friends as well There are quite a few moral decisions the players are faced with and watching everything play out is crazy because again, everything was so up in the air and unpredictable I m not sure if this is a book for every reader However, if you read the publisher synopsis and it sounded appealing, I do think you should give this one a try Despite the fact it is over 400 pages long, it was a quick read as it s fast paced and there s a lot of action going on Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance copy I was not obligated to post a review here and all views expressed are my honest opinion It s genuinely such a shame when a book that you anticipated so strongly lets you down, especially when the premise is this great The plot alone had me thinking The God Game had to be at least halfway successful for me, and in the beginning of the book, I still held strongly to those convictions, but the further into this story I got, the lower I felt my rating dropping.My first complaint is perhaps my fault though I don t think so, honestly I was expecting aimmersive game than this It s genuinely such a shame when a book that you anticipated so strongly lets you down, especially when the premise is this great The plot alone had me thinking The God Game had to be at least halfway successful for me, and in the beginning of the book, I still held strongly to those convictions, but the further into this story I got, the lower I felt my rating dropping.My first complaint is perhaps my fault though I don t think so, honestly I was expecting aimmersive game than this I went into this thinking these characters were going to be thrown into a legitimate game esque world, and while they do see some things through augmented reality that aren t solidly in the physical realm with them, for the most part, we re left simply following around a bunch of teens as they receive ominous text messages While I could certainly see how this would work for some readers as it makes it feellike something that could actually happen, it felt lackluster to me and left me constantly wanting just a little bitthan I was given.Secondly, in a book this high risk, where characters are constantly being forced to do awful things and are placed in tough situations, it s hard to feel the weight of those ultimatums when it s impossible to root for anyone involved The story primarily follows the Vindicators, a friend group of five teens brought together by their loves of coding and their general outcast vibes aside from one, sort of With these five, plus a slew of side characters we periodically get insight into, it quickly became too much I don t feel that the writing in this story was able to carry such a large cast, so it left everyone feeling a bit one dimensional and bland On top of that, you know going into the story that tough decisions will be made, but at their cores, each of these teens just feel so unlikable, whether it s Charlie s cruel interactions with his grieving father, or Alex s sociopathic tendencies, or Peter s conniving, arrogant attitude.I also think it s worth mentiong that, while I think the author wanted to do something positive by including a variety of characters Kenny is black, Vanhi is Indian and a lesbian, and Alex is Asian American , it s not done well. Most notably, Alex s entire family dynamic bothered me We ve all seen examples of the tired, outdated stereotype where Asian characters are held to higher standards by their parents Alex s father is horribly abusive and every ounce of it revolves around high expectations re Alex s grades, athleticism, etc Every POV we re given from Alex s father highlights his background as an immigrant and refugee who just wants better for his kid yeah, yeah, we get it It feels like it s beaten into the reader s head that all of Alex s father s abusive tendencies come from a place of love, which is bullshit on so many levels, and frankly, the entire depiction of the abusive relationship in and of itself felt weird and unrealistic There s also some dreadful utilization of the homophobic bully turns out to be a repressed gay kid trope, and don t get me wrong, I know that s something that happens in the real world from time to time, but it felt like it was done for cheap shock value and, on top of everything else and the unapologetic slur usage , I was so unsurprised and over it by the time it rolled around.There s also the writing to consider, which is the one thing I will say I felt bittersweet about while I can t say I thought it was very well done, it was definitely quick moving and action packed enough to make the story go by quickly If it hadn t been for the fact that something is constantly happening and there s no real filler material which is admittedly an impressive feat for almost 500 pages , I probably wouldn t have even finished it, but it was just engaging enough to keep me reading Unfortunately, that didn t pay off in the end, between the low overall rating I settled on and the fact that the ending went so thoroughly off the rails that I found myself skimming the last few chapters just to hurry up and be done with the whole thing.When I started writing this review, I thought I would give The God Game 2 stars because despite all of this, I still think it was a cool premise at its core, but after getting my thoughts out in words, I ve realized I really don t have anything good to say about the execution here I m sure this book will be beloved by many readers but I am clearly not one of them and don t believe I ll be picking up anything else from this author in the future Thank you so much to St Martin s Press for providing me with this finished copy in exchange for an honest review Content warnings for view spoiler violence, death, grief of a family member, abuse, drug usage, suicidal ideation, self harm, ableist slurs, homophobic slurs, fat shaming, misogyny hide spoiler blog booktube twitter bookstagram Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestThis book is trying to be Ready Player One meets WarGames, as run by Hal 9000s with the gory morality play mentality of The Purge The God Game is exactly what it sounds like, an invitation only e game that is sent to the unwary If they play and win, all their dreams come true But if they die in the game, they die in real life and there s only one way to stop playing.Charlie and his friends are initially super into the God Game They Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestThis book is trying to be Ready Player One meets WarGames, as run by Hal 9000s with the gory morality play mentality of The Purge The God Game is exactly what it sounds like, an invitation only e game that is sent to the unwary If they play and win, all their dreams come true But if they die in the game, they die in real life and there s only one way to stop playing.Charlie and his friends are initially super into the God Game They can play on their monitors or on their phones, and the interplay between reality and the game quickly fascinates them, even if the little errands the game sends them on do occasionally cause people to get hurt It all seems pretty harmless, and as outcasts they feel a little entitled to their pound of virtual flesh.But when the errands become higher stakes and the pain they cause in the game takes a sharp and drastic incline for the worse, Charlie and co have to figure out how much of their souls they re willing to sacrifice if it means playing to win, or if there s even a way out of conforming to the hostile intelligence s will at all.I thought THE GOD GAME was good but cheesy I think it was a mistake trying to write it asrealistic and less speculative science fiction fantasy It gave the book a hokey, 1980s fantasy fulfillment vibe that I don t think will age well as technology continues to improve The social commentary was interesting but, again, heavy handed, with a grim, and rather disturbing message that left me in a bit of a funk I m not sure what this book was trying to be I think the author had so many ambitions for his project that he couldn t focus on a single one, and didn t succeed at any of them THE GOD GAME passed the time and entertained me while I had the flu, but I don t think I d ever reread it It was too dark and depressing, and I don t really think it made a whole lot of sense Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 3 stars The God Game by Danny TobeyIn the G.O.D game, when you Win, ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE but if you Lose, you DIE What a premise to this exciting YA thriller suspense read where free will and choices in the game have real life consequences This certainly gave me the Black Mirror vibes in the setting of Ready Player One I love reading about how people navigate the morality of their actions to gain and advance in life for every action there is an equal or opposite reaction Charlie and his four The God Game by Danny TobeyIn the G.O.D game, when you Win, ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE but if you Lose, you DIE What a premise to this exciting YA thriller suspense read where free will and choices in the game have real life consequences This certainly gave me the Black Mirror vibes in the setting of Ready Player One I love reading about how people navigate the morality of their actions to gain and advance in life for every action there is an equal or opposite reaction Charlie and his four other friends Peter, Vanhi, Alex and Kenny who call themselves the Vindicators a group of computer nerds who meet at midnight in the schools computer lab, all receive an invitation to play this GOD game That is where this all begins When you get rewarded and get GOLDZ points things are great But careful if you don t do what is asked you get BLAXX points and that could mean being hurt or worse The excitement starts from the beginning and it only gets crazier andmind blowing It really did have me believing the scenarios especially with almost everything being on line now it s very hard to stay anonymous Someone will always know what is happening, always listening, knows what you are doing, knows where you are going creepy isn t it That just gave me goosies I found that the writing was solid and the characterization well written each of the characters equally had an amazing back story and how this GOD game could benefit each one of them The pacing was amazing and the short chapters propelled the story well I loved that the overall theme of the story was about friendship, loyalty and the importance of family The book did address the issues young adults are facing such as the pressures of excelling in school, the social acceptance of belonging and not being an outcast, peer pressures, drugs and alcohol, pressures of college applications and college acceptance, as well as, sexuality and individuality I think those were handled well and weaved beautifully within the story I highly recommend this book for those looking for an exciting entertaining suspense and thriller read You can find this review hereIn all honesty, I requested this book mainly because the blurb said that it s a lot like Stranger Things and they were right I wouldn t call it a complete fantasy but there s some aspects of fantasy in it.There s a group of five friends each dealing with their own problems when two of them Charlie and Peter discover this God Game At first they don t think much about it, they think it s just someone messing with them behind the screen but then it starts sending You can find this review hereIn all honesty, I requested this book mainly because the blurb said that it s a lot like Stranger Things and they were right I wouldn t call it a complete fantasy but there s some aspects of fantasy in it.There s a group of five friends each dealing with their own problems when two of them Charlie and Peter discover this God Game At first they don t think much about it, they think it s just someone messing with them behind the screen but then it starts sending them messages which are very secretive and very personal.Things get intense and it starts making them do these dark and different tasks and are forced to do all these things because they are kind of threatened to be killed if they stop playing the game.In all of this mess, the group falls apart, they start questioning each other and things get very dark.This was quite a thrilling book, It s fast paced and it s a bit of a mix of a lot of movies and books so I think a lot of people will enjoy this.Many thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC of this book I don t think that I am the intended audience for this YA book I am not a gamer and I understand nothing about coding I skipped over the parts that talked about computer code Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book in which the 5 teenaged protagonists 4 boys, 1 girl belong to an informal tech group called the Vindicators at their high school The Vindicators join a game led by an AI chatbot who claims to be God The game begins to control them by doling out gifts and punishments They are faced w I don t think that I am the intended audience for this YA book I am not a gamer and I understand nothing about coding I skipped over the parts that talked about computer code Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book in which the 5 teenaged protagonists 4 boys, 1 girl belong to an informal tech group called the Vindicators at their high school The Vindicators join a game led by an AI chatbot who claims to be God The game begins to control them by doling out gifts and punishments They are faced with moral dilemmas and real life consequences are dependent on their choices The protagonists face a litany of YA issues getting into college, how to get the girl, parental death divorce neglect abuse, bullying and suicide Each of these issues has a part to play in the game The book was fast paced and often suspenseful I thought it got a little messy near the end when one of the characters improbably turned into a one armed fighting machine, but I liked the twist in the last chapter I would readby this author I received a free copy of this book from the publisher

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    The God Game PDF/EPUB × The God Kindle - Charlie and his friends try to find a way out of the game, they realize they ve been manipulated into a bigger web they can t escape an AI that learned its cruelty from watching usGod is always watching, and He says when the game is done. It wasn t the best example of the fantasy genre but surprisingly this book hooked me from the beginning, glued to my fingers, captured my mind even it s quite mash up of Stranger Things concept waltz with some Black Mirror episodes and finally doing Macarena dance with Ready Player One and takes a bow after the powerful performance accompanied by Nerve Emma Roberts and brother Franco teamed up for deadly truth or dare concept There are also some vibes of Ready Player One hid inside that It wasn t the best example of the fantasy genre but surprisingly this book hooked me from the beginning, glued to my fingers, captured my mind even it s quite mash up of Stranger Things concept waltz with some Black Mirror episodes and finally doing Macarena dance with Ready Player One and takes a bow after the powerful performance accompanied by Nerve Emma Roberts and brother Franco teamed up for deadly truth or dare concept There are also some vibes of Ready Player One hid inside that you easily catch So when you see all those references you want to dive in without thinking This kind of fast paced, full of action and entertaining books interestingly relaxes my mind and make me feel like I m a part of team to fight against the obstacles for achieving my goals It s better than wasting my time by competing at play station tournaments I had a husband spent his last weekend with his friends sleepless bath less proper food less on the couch like a statue, only his fingers for moving, eyes glued on the screen, playing Fifa 18 So I know if they read my review about the games, they ll come after me I am not afraid of you sleepless, game addict zombies Let s get back to the plot Story starts with Charlie and his gang s invitation to play a game with God We don t know it is a sign of inferiority complex or they are playing games with Morgan Freeman on the computer It seems like their God stalking their daily moves and commands them to pull some pranks on students and teachers in exchange cash rewards But the challenges become compelling, confusing and finally their friendship seems to be broken because the tasks they get start to turn them against each other Finally everything gets out of their control They became jealous, paranoid, and find their loyalties, priorities getting tested.So this marvelous, entertaining, heart throbbing page turner gave me so much fun and I wantI felt like I still had some place to tastesweets of game world Special thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press to share this wild and exciting ride ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter 5 Black Mirror esque Vibe Stars for The God Game The G.O.D Game has rules Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE Lose, YOU DIESimple right It all begins in good fun when the Vindicators, a group of teenage gamers hackers, enter the game The game is enticing as it blurs the VR world with their real surroundings Accomplish a mission and receive spoils in the game and in real life Sounds great, right It is, until the game s missions turn cruel, sinister and can result in death bo 5 Black Mirror esque Vibe Stars for The God Game The G.O.D Game has rules Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE Lose, YOU DIESimple right It all begins in good fun when the Vindicators, a group of teenage gamers hackers, enter the game The game is enticing as it blurs the VR world with their real surroundings Accomplish a mission and receive spoils in the game and in real life Sounds great, right It is, until the game s missions turn cruel, sinister and can result in death both theirs and others.Is there a way out of the G.O.D Game Or does dying in the virtual world really mean death in real life So, I m not a huge sci fi reader I read it every now and then BUT this book absolutely had me hooked It feltlike a thriller as the Vindicators fought for their lives, trying to get out of the game aliveThis was a wild ride with the missions, threats, secrets and repercussions getting crazier and deadlier with every turn of the page.The characters were well done and their story was solidly fleshed out so that you really come to care for this band of misfit friends and find yourself rooting for them There were some great underlying themes of friendship, family and loyalty here amidst all the game action and the short chapters really keep you turning the pages You ll find yourself thinking just onechapter only to realize later that hours have passed and you re almost done with the book A huge thank you to Edelweiss, St Martin s Press and Danny Tobey for providing me with an advance digital copy of this book to read review. 5 Amazing Stars The God Game Can I just say that My Mind Is BLOWN The God Game is a Virtual Video Game that intertwines with Real Life Take part in the game and do well and you will get rewarded in real life, screw up and you are penalized in real life Win and All of Your Dreams Come True Lose, You DieNo Joke Not a game I would ever play, though I m happy to read about it In truth, this is a game of Friendship, Family, Loyalty, Ethics and Morality It s simple really, then again, 5 Amazing Stars The God Game Can I just say that My Mind Is BLOWN The God Game is a Virtual Video Game that intertwines with Real Life Take part in the game and do well and you will get rewarded in real life, screw up and you are penalized in real life Win and All of Your Dreams Come True Lose, You DieNo Joke Not a game I would ever play, though I m happy to read about it In truth, this is a game of Friendship, Family, Loyalty, Ethics and Morality It s simple really, then again, maybe not In truth, there is NOTHING simple about The God Game It is brilliant, complex, compelling, entertaining, thrilling and action packed It s Science Fiction and a Thriller rolled into one and I highly recommend it To Danny Tobey Bravo What an amazing feat, dude P.S Loved the nod to one of the best trilogies of all time awesome Thank you to St Martin s Press and Danny Tobey for the arc.Published on Goodreads on 5.24.20 This question is only for those who enjoy video games What if you could live a video game, life became a video game Charlie and his tech group, the Vindicators, join The G.O.D Game that is run by an AI that has been programmed to believe it is God They wear high tech glasses that change give the real world a creepy and ever changing interface The game is able to take over their phones, their computers, and they soon learn, every aspect of their lives and the lives of those around them N This question is only for those who enjoy video games What if you could live a video game, life became a video game Charlie and his tech group, the Vindicators, join The G.O.D Game that is run by an AI that has been programmed to believe it is God They wear high tech glasses that change give the real world a creepy and ever changing interface The game is able to take over their phones, their computers, and they soon learn, every aspect of their lives and the lives of those around them Nothing is safe from the AI s interference and they are asked or told to do things that they would never do if they didn t feel coerced or blackmailed into doing them It doesn t take long until some of the group want out but there is no leaving the game without death For me, this was a very immersive story and I could feel the desperation, elation, and fear of the group members as the game pitted them against each other, behind the scenes, while encouraging them to work together, on the surface Bad things happen andbad things happen and there seems to be no way out of the game, except death, although even that could causebad things to happen I know I ll never join a game like this, with promises too good to be true, risks too great, mysteries as deep as a bottomless pit Thank you to St Martin s Press and NetGalley for this ARC Even though I don t read science fiction very often and don t consider myself a gamer my Atari Nintendo Super Nintendo playing experience in the 80s and 90s doesn t count right , I actually enjoyed this book Now, I m not going to pretend I understood everything the author was going for here but this was a fascinating read for me and is a good example of how I need to branch out of my reading comfort zone every once in awhile Charlie and his friends are seniors in high school They call thems Even though I don t read science fiction very often and don t consider myself a gamer my Atari Nintendo Super Nintendo playing experience in the 80s and 90s doesn t count right , I actually enjoyed this book Now, I m not going to pretend I understood everything the author was going for here but this was a fascinating read for me and is a good example of how I need to branch out of my reading comfort zone every once in awhile Charlie and his friends are seniors in high school They call themselves the Vindicators and are not the most popular kids in school There s a bit of a Stranger Things type vibe to the group They get invited to play The God Game, it s some mysterious underground type video game where they communicate with AI who goes by the name, God It s a high risk, high reward type game Your real life wishes could come true, but if you mess up, well, you could wind up dead Sounds fun, right Well, maybe at first, but then stuff really starts to get out of control.I was hooked basically from the beginning as the whole mysterious God thing and what that was all about had me wanting to find outWhat made this a fun read was I truly had no idea what the end game so to speak was going to be and what direction the story was going to go in Charlie is what I would call the main character, but the story does alternate between his friends as well There are quite a few moral decisions the players are faced with and watching everything play out is crazy because again, everything was so up in the air and unpredictable I m not sure if this is a book for every reader However, if you read the publisher synopsis and it sounded appealing, I do think you should give this one a try Despite the fact it is over 400 pages long, it was a quick read as it s fast paced and there s a lot of action going on Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance copy I was not obligated to post a review here and all views expressed are my honest opinion It s genuinely such a shame when a book that you anticipated so strongly lets you down, especially when the premise is this great The plot alone had me thinking The God Game had to be at least halfway successful for me, and in the beginning of the book, I still held strongly to those convictions, but the further into this story I got, the lower I felt my rating dropping.My first complaint is perhaps my fault though I don t think so, honestly I was expecting aimmersive game than this It s genuinely such a shame when a book that you anticipated so strongly lets you down, especially when the premise is this great The plot alone had me thinking The God Game had to be at least halfway successful for me, and in the beginning of the book, I still held strongly to those convictions, but the further into this story I got, the lower I felt my rating dropping.My first complaint is perhaps my fault though I don t think so, honestly I was expecting aimmersive game than this I went into this thinking these characters were going to be thrown into a legitimate game esque world, and while they do see some things through augmented reality that aren t solidly in the physical realm with them, for the most part, we re left simply following around a bunch of teens as they receive ominous text messages While I could certainly see how this would work for some readers as it makes it feellike something that could actually happen, it felt lackluster to me and left me constantly wanting just a little bitthan I was given.Secondly, in a book this high risk, where characters are constantly being forced to do awful things and are placed in tough situations, it s hard to feel the weight of those ultimatums when it s impossible to root for anyone involved The story primarily follows the Vindicators, a friend group of five teens brought together by their loves of coding and their general outcast vibes aside from one, sort of With these five, plus a slew of side characters we periodically get insight into, it quickly became too much I don t feel that the writing in this story was able to carry such a large cast, so it left everyone feeling a bit one dimensional and bland On top of that, you know going into the story that tough decisions will be made, but at their cores, each of these teens just feel so unlikable, whether it s Charlie s cruel interactions with his grieving father, or Alex s sociopathic tendencies, or Peter s conniving, arrogant attitude.I also think it s worth mentiong that, while I think the author wanted to do something positive by including a variety of characters Kenny is black, Vanhi is Indian and a lesbian, and Alex is Asian American , it s not done well. Most notably, Alex s entire family dynamic bothered me We ve all seen examples of the tired, outdated stereotype where Asian characters are held to higher standards by their parents Alex s father is horribly abusive and every ounce of it revolves around high expectations re Alex s grades, athleticism, etc Every POV we re given from Alex s father highlights his background as an immigrant and refugee who just wants better for his kid yeah, yeah, we get it It feels like it s beaten into the reader s head that all of Alex s father s abusive tendencies come from a place of love, which is bullshit on so many levels, and frankly, the entire depiction of the abusive relationship in and of itself felt weird and unrealistic There s also some dreadful utilization of the homophobic bully turns out to be a repressed gay kid trope, and don t get me wrong, I know that s something that happens in the real world from time to time, but it felt like it was done for cheap shock value and, on top of everything else and the unapologetic slur usage , I was so unsurprised and over it by the time it rolled around.There s also the writing to consider, which is the one thing I will say I felt bittersweet about while I can t say I thought it was very well done, it was definitely quick moving and action packed enough to make the story go by quickly If it hadn t been for the fact that something is constantly happening and there s no real filler material which is admittedly an impressive feat for almost 500 pages , I probably wouldn t have even finished it, but it was just engaging enough to keep me reading Unfortunately, that didn t pay off in the end, between the low overall rating I settled on and the fact that the ending went so thoroughly off the rails that I found myself skimming the last few chapters just to hurry up and be done with the whole thing.When I started writing this review, I thought I would give The God Game 2 stars because despite all of this, I still think it was a cool premise at its core, but after getting my thoughts out in words, I ve realized I really don t have anything good to say about the execution here I m sure this book will be beloved by many readers but I am clearly not one of them and don t believe I ll be picking up anything else from this author in the future Thank you so much to St Martin s Press for providing me with this finished copy in exchange for an honest review Content warnings for view spoiler violence, death, grief of a family member, abuse, drug usage, suicidal ideation, self harm, ableist slurs, homophobic slurs, fat shaming, misogyny hide spoiler blog booktube twitter bookstagram Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestThis book is trying to be Ready Player One meets WarGames, as run by Hal 9000s with the gory morality play mentality of The Purge The God Game is exactly what it sounds like, an invitation only e game that is sent to the unwary If they play and win, all their dreams come true But if they die in the game, they die in real life and there s only one way to stop playing.Charlie and his friends are initially super into the God Game They Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestThis book is trying to be Ready Player One meets WarGames, as run by Hal 9000s with the gory morality play mentality of The Purge The God Game is exactly what it sounds like, an invitation only e game that is sent to the unwary If they play and win, all their dreams come true But if they die in the game, they die in real life and there s only one way to stop playing.Charlie and his friends are initially super into the God Game They can play on their monitors or on their phones, and the interplay between reality and the game quickly fascinates them, even if the little errands the game sends them on do occasionally cause people to get hurt It all seems pretty harmless, and as outcasts they feel a little entitled to their pound of virtual flesh.But when the errands become higher stakes and the pain they cause in the game takes a sharp and drastic incline for the worse, Charlie and co have to figure out how much of their souls they re willing to sacrifice if it means playing to win, or if there s even a way out of conforming to the hostile intelligence s will at all.I thought THE GOD GAME was good but cheesy I think it was a mistake trying to write it asrealistic and less speculative science fiction fantasy It gave the book a hokey, 1980s fantasy fulfillment vibe that I don t think will age well as technology continues to improve The social commentary was interesting but, again, heavy handed, with a grim, and rather disturbing message that left me in a bit of a funk I m not sure what this book was trying to be I think the author had so many ambitions for his project that he couldn t focus on a single one, and didn t succeed at any of them THE GOD GAME passed the time and entertained me while I had the flu, but I don t think I d ever reread it It was too dark and depressing, and I don t really think it made a whole lot of sense Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 3 stars The God Game by Danny TobeyIn the G.O.D game, when you Win, ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE but if you Lose, you DIE What a premise to this exciting YA thriller suspense read where free will and choices in the game have real life consequences This certainly gave me the Black Mirror vibes in the setting of Ready Player One I love reading about how people navigate the morality of their actions to gain and advance in life for every action there is an equal or opposite reaction Charlie and his four The God Game by Danny TobeyIn the G.O.D game, when you Win, ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE but if you Lose, you DIE What a premise to this exciting YA thriller suspense read where free will and choices in the game have real life consequences This certainly gave me the Black Mirror vibes in the setting of Ready Player One I love reading about how people navigate the morality of their actions to gain and advance in life for every action there is an equal or opposite reaction Charlie and his four other friends Peter, Vanhi, Alex and Kenny who call themselves the Vindicators a group of computer nerds who meet at midnight in the schools computer lab, all receive an invitation to play this GOD game That is where this all begins When you get rewarded and get GOLDZ points things are great But careful if you don t do what is asked you get BLAXX points and that could mean being hurt or worse The excitement starts from the beginning and it only gets crazier andmind blowing It really did have me believing the scenarios especially with almost everything being on line now it s very hard to stay anonymous Someone will always know what is happening, always listening, knows what you are doing, knows where you are going creepy isn t it That just gave me goosies I found that the writing was solid and the characterization well written each of the characters equally had an amazing back story and how this GOD game could benefit each one of them The pacing was amazing and the short chapters propelled the story well I loved that the overall theme of the story was about friendship, loyalty and the importance of family The book did address the issues young adults are facing such as the pressures of excelling in school, the social acceptance of belonging and not being an outcast, peer pressures, drugs and alcohol, pressures of college applications and college acceptance, as well as, sexuality and individuality I think those were handled well and weaved beautifully within the story I highly recommend this book for those looking for an exciting entertaining suspense and thriller read You can find this review hereIn all honesty, I requested this book mainly because the blurb said that it s a lot like Stranger Things and they were right I wouldn t call it a complete fantasy but there s some aspects of fantasy in it.There s a group of five friends each dealing with their own problems when two of them Charlie and Peter discover this God Game At first they don t think much about it, they think it s just someone messing with them behind the screen but then it starts sending You can find this review hereIn all honesty, I requested this book mainly because the blurb said that it s a lot like Stranger Things and they were right I wouldn t call it a complete fantasy but there s some aspects of fantasy in it.There s a group of five friends each dealing with their own problems when two of them Charlie and Peter discover this God Game At first they don t think much about it, they think it s just someone messing with them behind the screen but then it starts sending them messages which are very secretive and very personal.Things get intense and it starts making them do these dark and different tasks and are forced to do all these things because they are kind of threatened to be killed if they stop playing the game.In all of this mess, the group falls apart, they start questioning each other and things get very dark.This was quite a thrilling book, It s fast paced and it s a bit of a mix of a lot of movies and books so I think a lot of people will enjoy this.Many thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC of this book I don t think that I am the intended audience for this YA book I am not a gamer and I understand nothing about coding I skipped over the parts that talked about computer code Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book in which the 5 teenaged protagonists 4 boys, 1 girl belong to an informal tech group called the Vindicators at their high school The Vindicators join a game led by an AI chatbot who claims to be God The game begins to control them by doling out gifts and punishments They are faced w I don t think that I am the intended audience for this YA book I am not a gamer and I understand nothing about coding I skipped over the parts that talked about computer code Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book in which the 5 teenaged protagonists 4 boys, 1 girl belong to an informal tech group called the Vindicators at their high school The Vindicators join a game led by an AI chatbot who claims to be God The game begins to control them by doling out gifts and punishments They are faced with moral dilemmas and real life consequences are dependent on their choices The protagonists face a litany of YA issues getting into college, how to get the girl, parental death divorce neglect abuse, bullying and suicide Each of these issues has a part to play in the game The book was fast paced and often suspenseful I thought it got a little messy near the end when one of the characters improbably turned into a one armed fighting machine, but I liked the twist in the last chapter I would readby this author I received a free copy of this book from the publisher "/>
  • Hardcover
  • 496 pages
  • The God Game
  • Danny Tobey
  • English
  • 01 January 2017
  • 1250306140