Endgame: The Calling by James Frey (REVIEW)

If you would like to read this review in Norwegian: CLICK HERE!


First of all I would like to thank Cappelen Damm for sending me an advanced readers copy of this novel. Thank you!!

Secondly I would like to clarify a little something. When I looked up Endgame on Goodreads I noticed that there was a lot of negative comments in the review section. This is not what bothered me, but I find it kind of weird that almost all of the comments were written from people who hadn’t read it. They just felt like rating it low because of its resemblance to The Hunger Games.

If you read it, you’ll find that this is something quite different.

Giving it a low rating just because you don’t like the synopsis is like choosing to not like someone because of their clothing.It’s just stupid!

There… Now I’m done with my rant, let’s get over to some reviewing.


They came to earth and they made humankind. They wanted gold and they needed us to mine it for them. So they taught us what had to be done and when they had gotten all that they wanted, they left. But before they left they told us that they would be back and when that time came it would be time for a game. A game to determine the fate of mankind and its future. 

For 10 000 years the twelve original bloodlines had a Player trained and ready at all times. They had to be prepared for anything and they taught their traits through generations. 

The time has come. As twelve meteors crash into different places on earth, the Players get ready to play the Endgame. 

The first book in this trilogy is about the hunt for the first key. There are no rules. 

This is Endgame. 


The Calling is definitely a page turner. At times I had trouble putting it down. The Players in the story are very different and range in age between thirteen and twenty. They are trained hunters, killers and problem solvers. Some of them hoped that Endgame would skip their generation and others has longed for the taste of blood.

Endgame brings out the best and the worst of them. They know that the winner of the game survives as well as the Player’s bloodline. So much at stake, but the game might not work exactly like they have been taught.

Endgame is off to a great start with this first novel and I can’t wait to read the next one.

The readers are also invited to solve a puzzle and play a version of the game. Whoever solves it will find a case of $500 000 worth of gold. Pretty exciting and I must say, a clever publishing strategy move.

My ARC of the novel does not include the original puzzle. It wouldn’t be fair with a heads start now would it?

But from all the numbers and places throughout this novel I’m guessing that this will not be an easy puzzle to solve.

Keeping track of all the twelve characters can be a little bit messy at times, but I got the hang of it and I already have a few favorites that I’m rooting for.

Endgame is something different. It is a story of love, hate, revenge, puzzles, alliances and how we change when life is on the line.

9780007586448I enjoyed every page and I’m looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.


Unfortunately I’m not allowed to quote from the version of the book that I got so I will not be able to do “my favorite quotes” section of this review.

But I do recommend that you get your own copy. If you like young adult and science fiction literature, I definitely think you’re going to like this one.

Endgame: The Calling is out in stores on October 7th. You can get your copy from Amazon HERE! 


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