Subtitle: The Calling
By: James Frey
Illustrated by: Nils Johnson-Shelton
Genre: YFC - Adventure stories (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Harper Collins
Published: 08 October 2014
ISBN: 9780007586448


Endgame is a revolutionary, fully integrated, multimedia experience that invites its audience to join twelve Players in a worldwide, puzzle-based scavenger hunt for three hidden keys and the ultimate prize.

There are twelve ancient bloodlines. In each, a chosen warrior comes of age and trains for a catastrophic event that has not yet happened.

But no one has had to fight yet-until the Calling. Now, twelve Players must set off on a scavenger hunt that will span the globe, all in search of the three ancient keys that will save not just their bloodline, but the world. And only one can win.

The Endgame series is a groundbreaking interactive project that combines a trilogy of novels, nine digital novellas, an online game, and interactive features that include YouTube videos, mapping coordinates, and social media, all in one revolutionary experience.

Each book in the Endgame trilogy will feature an interactive puzzle-designed in collaboration with professional cryptographers-comprised of clues and riddles layered into the text. The first reader to solve the puzzle will win a major prize.


Since the creators placed people on Earth twelve thousand years ago, there have been 12 ancient lines from whom all of humanity has descended.

One teenager from each line has always been chosen to represent their line should the creators decide to decimate Earth and call for the beginning of the game - Endgame - where only the winning line will survive.

Now the time has come, and the Endgame has begun. Those 12 teenagers who have been living a relatively normal life are now called into action. They have been secretly trained as hunters and killers by those in their family that were chosen before them. There are three keys that they must uncover to succeed. One of them must succeed, or we will all be lost...

This is an engrossing first instalment in a huge new series that has already had the movie rights sold and that also contains a real puzzle - if the reader can solve the code they will find the location of a hidden key that will open a glass case full of gold coins.

Good luck and let the Endgame begin!

Being fairly gruesome at times, it would be best suited to those 14+.

Reviewed by Rob