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Rules of the Game

(Endgame #3)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  2,596 ratings  ·  317 reviews
At the Calling, kepler 22b told the Players, “The rules of Endgame are simple. Find the keys in order and bring them to me.”

For Sarah, Jago, Aisling, Maccabee, Shari, An, and Hilal, Endgame has reached its final phase. The third key, Sun Key, is all that stands between one Player saving their line—or perishing along with the rest of the world. And only one can win.

Hardcover, 327 pages
Published December 27th 2016 by HarperCollins (first published October 27th 2016)
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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 line
Marilou K.
(ακολουθεί κριτική στα Ελληνικά)
This is the worst book I've read in years and I'm writing this review both in english and greek so that everyone can see what a waste of money it was!

OMG, where should I start? It's not that I loved the previous two and this failure came out of the blue. But I actually had hopes for a grand finale..... but nope. There is not the big meteor-crashing-earth scene nor the magnificent final battle I was expecting. It really let me down. Thank God my favorite
Mohammed Arabey
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I love this series, I'm still Crazy about it..but not how it ends..

The Calling ()
Sky Key ( )
Rules of the Game ( )

How something started that Epic, international crisis ending in one single chamber...that's the crisis of the Endgame then.

Sara XuHerondale
A pretty satisfying ending, a lot of action, unexpected deaths, all and all, I liked it very much. What I really want is a good TV series adaptation.
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
UGH MY EMOTIONS AND BRAIN ARE EQUALLY NOT OKAY AFTER THAT. That was almost too much to handle. The final installment in the Endgame trilogy was just as action packed and non-stop as the first two books, but felt a little more unhinged than the first two. That's where my main issue comes in, the logic behind it all was nearly impossible to keep track of in the end. Everything happens so fast that you don't usually have time to think about it but now that it's all over, I'm thinking, and I'm just ...more
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Endgame series has been pure madness. It was a breath of fresh air and a portal towards another world. Genius!
I have to say I didn't agree with some aspects of this book (half of the time, reading this book made me feel angry), but I can't give it less than 5 stars, because it was amazing! The writing style, the action, the details, the characters and the mistery... these things deserve more than 5 stars.
P. S. The ending though... I really didn't expect it to end like that. My little
John Ross
Update: The official cover is out!!!

Rules of the Game (Endgame, #3) by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton

I have created a fan-made cover since I cannot wait for the official one anymore. #ROFL

Wouldn't the series look good in our shelves?

To be published October 4, 2016.
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's absolutely one of my favourite trilogy I've read this year so far and maybe one of the best trilogies ever. It's action-packed and full of plot twist. Really worth reading.

And I'm so happy my fav characters stayed alive, you have no idea ;)))
Sep 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jesus Christ it's even worse than the previous two
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I will give my full review and why I took off a star after a certain someone *cough* Fern *cough* finishes it because my New Year's resolution is to spoil less. Overall, I thought this was a okay ending to the series. I thought it was definitely the weakest of them all, but that could be because there are fewer characters as the series went on and I didn't like most of the ones who were left standing in this book. I think the ending was pretty good and it wrapped up the series well, although for ...more
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Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I had a great time reading Endgame. The writing was good, the characters solid, and even though I wish the ending was a bit different, it was not a complete disappointment. I will keep Sarah and Jago, Hilal and Shari and Alice, and even bloodthirsty Maccabae in my heart forever.
Goran Skrobonja
OK, here's the deal: if you like this series and you intend to buy the 3rd and final installment, DO NOT WORRY, since there are no real spoilers here. This book will be published on 3rd of October worldwide, and I am able to review it here just because I have just completed its translation to Serbian.
Ever since the beginning of the series there was this pressure to complete the translation in time for it to be published simultaneously with the original edition because of the interactive game
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a serie I can read and absorb the story without much thought to it, hence the lower ratings on the two previous instalments in this trilogy. However, I started thinking about the plot, characters and the faith of humanity more and more until I couldn't stand it not knowing what would happen to Earth.

So obviously,I HAD TO READ IT.


This urge is unusual for me so I salut Mr. Frey for being able to create such an informative and objective narrator, by describing the body language,
May 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've just found this secret dialog between the authors.
"I think there are too many players left alive."
"Okay, I'll write some quick, unsatisfying deaths for a couple more of them."
"And whatever happened to those other keplers?"
"Lalalala...I can't hear you!"
"Should we describe what happened to the east coast of North America?"
"Nah, the book's long enough. Just a vague hint, then wrap it up."
"Are we going to actually explain ANYTHING?"
"No. I just wrote this because teen dystopian fiction is a gold
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a difficult one for me. I actually liked the ending BUT I can't stand all the unanswered questions. WHY? WHY did the whole thing happen? What was the freaking point??? I feel like the main plot came to a conclusion but it feels like a few chapters in between were cut out or something. The ones with the explanations. I was also disappointed with the cover. It does not look nice on the shelf next to the first and second book since the material of the dust jacket is black and of a different ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
this was a pretty meh conclusion to a really great series. The first 2 books are some of my all time favourites, as they're so fast paced and intriguing. Yet this just felt rushed and too vague, as it left so many questions unanswered. The story moved too fast, that the author kind of glossed over important moments in just a single sentence, so it got pretty annoying; e.g killing off main characters in a sentence and then moving on without an explanation. So yeah this was a pretty disappointing ...more
AJ (the.booknerd.reads)
June 7, 2016: I see we have a title now. I quite like it
And thus endeth the Endgame series, on a surprisingly short but no less all-out action-packed note. Maybe a little too short - not unlike Marie Lu's Midnight Star, the barely-over-300-page length really doesn't do this could-have-been-a-touch-more-epic apocalyptic finale justice. Unlike Frey's previous 2016 series finale in Pittacus Lore's United As One, this book, while not at all slouching or slacking in its pace, is pretty jumbled in its mad dash to the finish line. But for what it's worth, ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
This was definitely not my favorite book in the series. I hate how An kills Sarah and the rest of the group traveling with her. I like how Shari's group survives and how she gets Alice back. I love how they are determined to stop Endgame, and I love how they are able to stop. I hate how almost everyone dies, but I'm glad that a few of them survive.
Feb 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Why didn't we ever learn why the Makers wanted the key? That was like the whole big thing and I feel like the authors couldn't come up with anything good enough so they just didn't give us anything at all.
Also, why did they kill all the people I loved? They set up characters to be protagonists and killed them for shock factor, without any closure or anything like...It was just one sentence Oh They Didn't Even Hear the Bullet!
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
What a disappointing book. I was bored out of my mind for the first 200 pages, so, for 2/3 of the book. Then it picked up pace and got pretty exciting for like 60 pages. This book was so confusing, things weren't well explained (or well thought out I should say). The ending felt waaaay too convenient and it was just an overall mess. I never really "clicked" with any of the characters, I mean SO MANY characters die in these books and I didn't properly care for any of them. Didn't even shed a ...more
Daniele Nidoli
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.2 stars

I've just finished what I consider one of my favorite trilogies of all time. The first book was PERFECT. I had some issues with this but overall it's a nice conclusion, though i would have preferred a different ending.
Sabrina Allison
the ending seemed like it was hastily put together or the authors just wanted to be done with it
So.. Finishing this book took me excruciatingly long.
I know it's not that long but it sure felt like it.
I loved the first two books a lot and was happy to see my library finally had part 3 in but man...

The first two books were pretty detailed and it seems as though the writers just had enough with this one.
Something about the writing of this one just kept me from getting into it, you know?

There are too many questions unanswered which bothered me like nothing else and the useless characters who
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3-1/2 stars

A very suitable ending to the Endgame trilogy. As with the prior two novels, it was filled with action, adventure, and suspense. I enjoyed the way everything played out. The pacing was terrific and the characters were fun (or definitely not fun in a couple cases). I don’t have any new praises that I haven’t already described about the other two. But, suffice it to say that a well-done trilogy is a rare and wonderful thing. I enjoy James Frey’s writing and creativity. And, this trilogy
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Yasin Rayes
Meh.. Kinda had expectations after how well the first two went and how thought out and meticulous they were. the ending was aright, it wasnt terrible but I dunno just didn't hit the spot. Still like the way he writes the story as a whole was a wicked idea. Good job brah
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A good ending for the trilogy

- unexpected deaths
- a great and unforeseen ending
- great character development
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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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Other books in the series

Endgame (3 books)
  • The Calling (Endgame, #1)
  • Sky Key (Endgame, #2)