Apr 7, 2013

The End Games by T. Michael Martin

The End Games by T. Michael Martin
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins; 384 pages
It happened on Halloween.

The world ended.

And a dangerous Game brought it back to life.

Seventeen-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, have been battling monsters in The Game for weeks.

In the rural mountains of West Virginia, armed with only their rifle and their love for each other, the brothers follow Instructions from the mysterious Game Master. They spend their days searching for survivors, their nights fighting endless hordes of “Bellows”—creatures that roam the dark, roaring for flesh. And at this Game, Michael and Patrick are very good.

But The Game is changing.

The Bellows are evolving.

The Game Master is leading Michael and Patrick to other survivors—survivors who don’t play by the rules.

And the brothers will never be the same.

You know how a main theme for me is romance, right? Well, fear not - there isn't really any in this book and you know what? It's perfectly okay. It's better than okay, actually! I know, you must be wondering if I'm feeling alright or something but I assure you, I am well. This book was brilliant and heartwarming and it made me anxious the whole time. The best aspect of this book, above all the action and adventure is the relationship between our main character, Michael Faris and his younger five year old brother, Patrick. This relationship is just the highlight of this story. The whole reason for this story, actually. The way Michael does everything to not only protect Patrick but make sure Patrick is happy and feeling safe is just . . . mind blowing. I don't know of any sibling who would go as far as Michael does.

The humor, for example, I-have-questions-but-I-also-have-bacon-and-guess-which-I-love-more good, is one of the greatest things about this book, behind the brothers relationship. That was probably one of my favorite lines, it's a line right after they reach a 'safe house' and he's eating real food, bacon in fact. Now, if I were in his position, this is definitely how I would be thinking because I mean, hello, it's bacon! After eating stale pop-tarts, eating delicious bacon is like heaven. That's only one example, there are too many, a lot of which come from Patrick. He's so cute and funny and he doesn't even realize how just perfect he really is.

You learn a lot about Michael and Patrick's lives before Halloween, before people starting biting each other and turning in to Bellows (or Zeds) - zombie-like people. His life wasn't easy especially once Ron, his step-father and Patrick's biological father came in to the picture. He was abusive in every sense of the word and because of his behavior, it cause Patrick to have social and emotional issues. Similar to panic/anxiety attacks where he would just start freaking out, hitting himself and yelling to the point where it gets so bad he just is completely in a daze. Michael thinks taking he and his brother away from this will open up his mothers eyes to do the same thing and that's when everything changes. It's very sad seeing his childhood and how everything just went from bad to worse.

So many times in this book I thought it could've been the end but then another curveball was thrown our way and the game started all over again. It certainly kept me on my toes and biting my nails when things got rough. It is fresh, new and unlike most Young Adult books out there. It will keep you alert, keep you laughing while also making you on the verge of tears. The amount of emotions you go through while reading this book is mind boggling.

Review also seen at The Readiacs.

1 comment:

  1. You're right. I'm a sucker for romance, though. So usually that's like a main thing for me but in this case, it's absolutely not needed. The story carries itself without needing it. The cover is pretty fierce - it's what originally drew me in, as well. I hope you enjoy this one! :)


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