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The Calling

(Endgame #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  18,219 ratings  ·  2,281 reviews
Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game ...more
Hardcover, 461 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by HarperTeen
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Darrian I honestly love it. Many people try and say it's a cheap rip off of The Hunger Games just by reading the summary but it's definitely not. I didn't muc…moreI honestly love it. Many people try and say it's a cheap rip off of The Hunger Games just by reading the summary but it's definitely not. I didn't much enjoy The Hunger Games but I absolutely love this book. It is told in multiple POVs and it doesn't exactly give you one character to cheer for so each reading can honestly pick one of the 12 Players and hope that they survive Endgame. Plus each of the Players is a trained killer and it makes things SO much more interesting than The Hunger Games because rather than 4 people who trained and killing those weak ones it's 12 people who are all trained. I was in love with it about 15 pages in. I recommend giving it a chance.(less)
Sinan Tüzer nobody has a bloodline anymore, we're all mixed. another book that tries to find answers in race.…morenobody has a bloodline anymore, we're all mixed. another book that tries to find answers in race.(less)

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"In a world similar to Earth,"

(In a world similar to Panem)

"there are 12 bloodlines"

(There are 12 districts)

"Each bloodline has a champion between the ages of 13 and 17"

(Each district has a tribute between the ages of 13 and 18)

"And then one day they're called to fight, and all the bloodlines but the winners will be exterminated. They're fighting to be the last race."

(And then one day they're called to fight, and all the tributes but the winners will be exterminated. They're fighting to be the l
Jan 14, 2014 marked it as i-have-my-reasons
You know, I think I've read this one before. It was about this girl from one of 12 districts who was sent to represent her people in a battle to see which was the best. I think it was called... I can't remember it. Is this that book? I think her name was Katnip. Or Cutlass.

Nevermind. Probably making it up. But I swear, it just sounds so familiar!

Oh, by the way James Frey, purveyor of a "fiction factory" which underpaid authors for their hardwork, a man who lied to my queen Oprah, a man who has
Claudia Ramírez
This books was AWESOME.
Caz (littlebookowl)
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I received this book for free from Bookworld in exchange for an honest review.

For those of you concerned about Endgame being constantly compared to The Hunger Games (which has been done primarily from the synopsis alone), after reading it I can see that these two are quite different. This book sets itself apart with the genre, the setting, the format - we follow all of the Players and their journeys, and the plot is a lot more complex than it seems. This book sets up a lot of mystery and intrigu
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Most people in the comments/reviews has even bothered to look into this book past a few sentences, and they will be proven wrong. They're mostly teenagers who don't even realize the dystopian genre was around long before Suzanne Collins and "The Hunger Games" - many (better) authors paved the way before her...Greats like Koushun Takami (Battle Royale), Stephen King (Running Man)... There have been many before and will be many after - there are over 100 dystopian fiction novels set to debut in th ...more
Lindsay Cummings
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Honestly one of the BEST books I've ever read.

I know many of you will say, "hold It's a Hunger Games copy!" And I thought the same thing when I first saw the description. And then I realized that this is WAY more like a super dangerous, super deadly Amazing Race type of story, heavily rooted in aliens and science fiction. The story is told from several different characters POVS, all of which are from all over the world---and all of which are killers, trained so well in not only physical
Hannah McBride
Jul 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
My issues with James Frey aside (hey, we've all made huge, colossal mistakes, but just avoided being called out by Oprah), I gave this book a chance. Maybe because it was in shiny gold packaging and I was blinded by the pretty.

IT HAPPENS, OK? Shiny things distract me!

But after reading - OK, not exactly. A friend of mine stood in the middle of our hotel room and read aloud the preface. I had an open mind here, people. I DID.

And then I realized I had heard this story before.

No, not Hunger Games. I
Oct 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Finally, I was able to finish this huge book! It wasn't because it wasn't good, but it was because of the lack of time I have reading this January. Which sucked so bad. I am upset that I couldn't even sit on a book for an hour, or even 30 minutes.


In a lot of ways, this book was good. Great even. But why only 3 stars?

1. I hate stupid love triangles. The end of the world is coming and you get to think about boys? Or girls? I just don't get why it has to be there.

2. It dragged too long on
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
This is a shitty book by a shitty, deceptive, and unethical man who lied to make millions with his "memoir" and uses his production company Full Fathom Five to make other writers put out books like Dorothy Must Die and the I Am Number Four books on shitty, unfair contracts. And none of the books are even good. I've tried. This is normally not the kind of review or rant I'd write because I grew out of it a while back, but everything about this man, what he does, and what he will be able to contin ...more
Jan 14, 2014 marked it as will-not-read
so is Marcus bored, or...? Ugh, this is too much.
Dannii Elle
I want to add a disclaimer here that I didn't realise the controversy surrounding the author before purchasing the book and, had I done so, I probably would not have ever read this. My review is based on my enjoyable experience of this book alone, regardless of who penned it. I am not supporting or overlooking his questionable actions but am simply not allowing them to influence my enjoyment. That being said, I certainly won't be purchasing another book by James Frey and am glad that I have the ...more
Mar 30, 2014 marked it as lol-how-about-no
I had know idea this is the author behind I Am Number Four!

I'm fucking shocked; a few years ago I read A Million Little Pieces and absolutely hated it. Wasn't surprised when I found out that "memoir" was all a lie. Now this book is in the process of being released when it's a rip off of the Hunger Games when that's a rip off of Battle Royale... My head hurts.

Neil (or bleed)
May 06, 2014 marked it as will-not-read
I knew you were *insert a familiar book here* when you walked in.
Before you all go yelling about it in comments, yes, I know about the FFF/James Frey thing. I thought I'd still give this book a go, because I like to separate the author from the book. I did the same thing with Ender's Game.

Well, in this case, really there was no need to separate the author from the book because this book was just the worst. Congratulations, Endgame: The Calling. You get the award for being my first DNF book of 2014.

I think the main problem I had with Endgame is that there are
Michelle Wrona
This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!

Don’t fucking call this a rip-off or a knockoff-read of The Hunger Games or else I’ll seriously punch you. Okay, I’m not making a threat here, haha, I’m just kidding. But really, the haters need to back off. Just because the summary makes it sound like there’s a game and in order for there to be one winner, everyone has to die, THAT DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING, OKAY? This book was honestly fucking amazing—and here i
unknown pokemon
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Endgame is the reason of life, the reason of death. Play on, what will be, will be."

Rating: 5/5 Stars.

Synopsis: for readers of Battle Royal type books (The Hunger Games) and lover of world stories with a diverse cast (sense8.) Endgame tells the story of children aged from 13 to 18, charged with the heavy purpose of choosing the fate of Humanity as we know it. All of them are legacies of the 'original' lines, raised in certain traditions and beliefs. Some hoped for the Endgame, others dreaded a
Sep 13, 2015 marked it as to-read
The Chinese translation is out there, to read or not to read?


I found out the questionable things James Frey and his infamous publish house had done in the past (including but not limited to publishing I Am Number. 4, which is a huge crime in my eyes), so no, I'm not going to read it. No need to read a Hunger Games clone.
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
WHAT? What is this f**kery? I did not sign up for this mind blowing story with twists and turns that I can't even keep up with. I did not sign up to feel so many feels. I need the rest of this series. Now please. Read this book. And then tune into the BookHunters liveshow on January 31st so I can rant and answer questions and share the emotions. ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First of all, a big thank you to my lovely boyfriend Matt for picking this book out and for being willing to read it with me. Being able to hear your thoughts as you read, seeing who you liked first hand as I formed my own opinions and finishing the book within ten minutes of you just proves all over again that I'm lucky to have found you. Thank you for being willing to put up with my craziness and doing a buddy read with me. (:



"This is Endgame, bitch. Best get used to it."

Oh, ma
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ashley Daviau
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I started off REALLY loving this book but it kind of went a bit downhill after the beginning. The whole Christopher/Sarah bit was incredibly annoying and cue a MAJOR eye roll at the love triangle. Why must authors spoil a good story by inserting the dreaded love triangle?! I was also a bit disappointed because I expected more killing but everyone ended teaming up. The idea was incredibly interesting and had so much potential but it was a bit long and drawn out. It really could have been a bit sh ...more
Feb 04, 2014 marked it as winter-in-pandemonium
The blurb sounds an awful lot like the Hunger Games. I won't be reading this. ...more
Jan 15, 2014 marked it as dnf
Seen at Bookish Antics!
Endgame is one of Harper’s biggest titles of the year, but it’s also a novel by James Frey (a.k.a. that guy who lied to Oprah and capitalized off his deceit). I didn’t want to support Frey due to his Fiction Factory, but I decided to give this book a shot because I was curious. Endgame appeared to be a derivative of The Hunger Games but I discovered few similarities once I actually began reading. I read 60 pages of Endgame and it was incredibly repetitive, poorly written a
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I haven't been this excited about a book since the last Harry Potter novel was announced. I love the concept and the fact that it involves a real prize/treasure. Love the style and the different characters.

Also, I just enjoy anything James Frey writes...regardless of controversy...he's a very talented writer.
This review is about a book that I read recently, this summer, a book I wanted to read for a very long time, firstly because one of my very good friends (and reading companion) was reading it some time ago and she made me all curious about it when we were chatting and secondly because I have heard about the puzzle/treasure-hunt hidden in the pages of this book and the fact that there is a cash prize once the first person manages to solve it. I found this concept very appealing, and somehow I fel ...more
Helene Jeppesen
Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was quite an adventure around the world! When I first received the book, I didn't know what to think of this concept: The reader is told to read "Endgame" and then participate in the international search for the gold. What gold? I was a little bit confused but also intrigued to see what this was all about.
I was happy to see that this book is actually told as a fictional story surrounding 12 individuals from around the world, who have all been trained to participate in the Endgame whic
KL (Cat)
I shall never ever touch this book in my life, and will advice my school librarian to do so as well. (The single star is simply for shit and giggles)

For those who may ask why.


Haha, a few disgruntled trolls decided to message me on how I can't judge a novel from where it's published. Screw that. So I decided to take initiative and read the first chapter and good grief, my eyes. I swear that my Harry Potter fan fiction has better writing that this.
"Marcus Loxias Megalos is bored. He cannot re
reading this book was slow and slightly painful. it wasn’t the worst book i’ve ever read, but it most certainly wasn’t the best.

i hate to compare novels with other novels, but i couldn’t help but think of it like the hunger games. the plot is something along the lines of: twelve teenage representatives fight to the death in an epic end-of-the-world type of games. the circumstances are different, but the main gist of things are the similar.

the story is told from an omniscient (kinda) third-person
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: z-5-stars
Spoiler free Series review!

Books in this series:
The Calling: 5 stars.
Sky Key: 4 stars.
Rules of the Game: 3 stars.

Series rating: 3,5 stars!

I really enjoyed this series. I would recommend it to people who are into young adult and that like fantasy.

The concept really appealed to me and that’s why I picked the first one up in a local bookstore. I really enjoyed to learn about the different cultures and about the players. I also found the game quite interesting and still love the symbols and lin
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James Christopher Frey is an American author and entrepreneur. After battling with alcohol addiction and spending time in rehab, he wrote A Million Little Pieces which was published in 2003 in America and the following year in the UK to critical acclaim. He wrote the sequel, My Friend Leonard about life after rehab, which was published in 2005 in the US and the year after in the UK.

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