Recently I received an early uncorrected proof copy of the book Endgame: The Calling, by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton. The story is based around 12 ancient cultures from all over the world that were chosen millennia ago to represent humanity in Endgame, a global game that will decide the fate of humankind. Endgame has always been a possibility, but never a reality... until now.
As 12 meteorites strike the earth, it signals each of the young (13 to 20 year old) Players that their time to try and win Endgame has begun. The winning Player gets to save their bloodline, the others will not, and in order to do so they must find 3 keys hidden around the world. In the first instalment of Endgame we get to meet the characters and their personalities as they fight their way to find the hidden keys in this game of life and death. They all have been training for almost as long as they've lived but only the strongest will survive.
As I read Endgame: The Calling, I got into it more and more and find that it has a similar theme as The Hunger Games - playing a survival of the fittest type of game. The only thing that I can't really stand is that the Peruvian player is the Olmec (a pre-hispanic Mexican civilization) and on top of that his surname is Tlaloc (the Aztec god of rain). Other than that, the story is quite gripping and I can't wait to know who Engame's winner is, and see how it translates to film (Twentieth Century Fox has bought the movie rights).
There is also a treasure hunt inspired by the book Masquerade: each book is a puzzle and with the first one you can win $500,000 USD in gold coins if you can decipher the clues embedded inside the book, which will lead you to find the location of a hidden key that opens the box with the coins, currently on display in the Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas.
Find Endgame: The Calling on Amazon.