Game of the Gods
Jay Shiffman's Game of the Gods is a debut sci-fi/fantasy thriller of political intrigue and Spielberg-worthy action sequences in the vein of Pierce Brown's Red Rising
Max Cone wants to be an ordinary citizen of the Federacy and leave war and politics behind. He wants the leaders of the world to leave him alone. But he’s too good a military commander, and too powerful a j...more
Hundreds of years in our world’s future, dystopia prevails, at least in the nation called the Federacy. Judge Max Cone, with a stellar career as a military commander behind him, has spent the last fourteen years as a high judge. One of his duties is to interview young people who want to become formal citizens of the Federacy, guaranteeing them freedom. Most are rejected, sent to border settlements where life is perilous. Now Max is bidin ...more
This is Jay Schiffman’s first novel, and it’s hard to explain how much I really hated it. If I hadn’t been readi ...more
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(view spoiler)[Schiffman's idea of worldbuilding is to open his book--literally the first page, second paragraph--is to have a woman, a victim of the system, attempt to seduce a man, an arbiter and essential cog in that system, to save her life. Two pages in, she tells him she lies to protect herself from being raped again. ...more
In the beginning, Max Cone, the novel’s ...more
The characters, especially the protagonist and narrator Max Cone and a gifted teenage girl named Pique Rollins, were the kind of characters that are very easy to identify with. I found the novel to be extremely captivating and I got lost in a ...more
Sometimes a novel is twisty - you never know whom to trust - and ends with a satisfying conclusion that shows how all of the parts worked together. In this novel, there are twists, and you never know who to trust, and then it ends. Also, the charac ...more
The intense action scenes are only interrupted by scenes with officials who've taken his family--even if there's 6 months between scenes.
Jay went to the University of Michigan where he studied English and Political Science. After that, Jay received a law d ...more