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The God Game

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,613 ratings  ·  970 reviews
You are invited!
Come inside and play with G.O.D.
Bring your friends!
It’s fun!
But remember the rules. Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE. Lose, you die!

With those words, Charlie and his friends enter the G.O.D. Game, a video game run by underground hackers and controlled by a mysterious AI that believes it’s God. Through their phone-screens and high-tech glasses, the teens’
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
It wasn’t the best example of the fantasy genre but surprisingly this book hooked me from the beginning, glued to my fingers, captured my mind even it’s quite mash up of Stranger Things concept waltz with some Black Mirror episodes and finally doing Macarena dance with “Ready Player One” and takes a bow after the powerful performance accompanied by “Nerve” (Emma Roberts and brother Franco teamed up for deadly truth or dare concept) There are also some vibes of “Ready Player One” hid inside that ...more
BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
5 Black Mirror-esque Vibe Stars for The God Game

The G.O.D. Game has rules:

Simple right? It all begins in good fun when the Vindicators, a group of teenage gamers/hackers, enter the game. The game is enticing as it blurs the VR world with their real surroundings. Accomplish a mission and receive spoils in the game and in real life. Sounds great, right? It is, until the game's missions turn cruel, sinister and can result in death - both theirs
Katie B
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even though I don't read science fiction very often and don't consider myself a gamer (my Atari/Nintendo/Super Nintendo playing experience in the 80s and 90s doesn't count right?), I actually enjoyed this book. Now, I'm not going to pretend I understood everything the author was going for here but this was a fascinating read for me and is a good example of how I need to branch out of my reading comfort zone every once in awhile.

Charlie and his friends are seniors in high school. They call
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
It's genuinely such a shame when a book that you anticipated so strongly lets you down, especially when the premise is this great! The plot alone had me thinking The God Game had to be at least halfway successful for me, and in the beginning of the book, I still held strongly to those convictions, but the further into this story I got, the lower I felt my rating dropping.

My first complaint is perhaps my fault (though I don't think so, honestly): I was expecting a more immersive "game" than this.
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This book is trying to be Ready Player One meets WarGames, as run by Hal 9000s with the gory morality play mentality of The Purge. The God Game is exactly what it sounds like, an invitation-only e-game that is sent to the unwary. If they play and win, all their dreams come true. But if they die in the game, they die in real life-- and there's only one way to stop playing.

Charlie and his friends are initially super into the God Game. They
The God Game by Danny Tobey

In the G.O.D. game, when you Win, ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE but if you Lose, you DIE.

What a premise to this exciting YA thriller/suspense read where free will and choices in the game have real life consequences. This certainly gave me the Black Mirror vibes in the setting of Ready Player One. I love reading about how people navigate the morality of their actions to gain and advance in life – for every action there is an equal or opposite reaction.

Charlie and his four
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2020-releases
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In all honesty, I requested this book mainly because the blurb said that it’s a lot like Stranger Things and they were right!

I wouldn’t call it a complete ‘fantasy’ but there’s some aspects of fantasy in it.

There’s a group of five friends each dealing with their own problems when two of them (Charlie and Peter) discover this “God Game’. At first they don’t think much about it, they think it’s just someone messing with them behind the screen but then it starts sending
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, edelweiss
I don’t think that I am the intended audience for this YA book. I am not a gamer and I understand nothing about coding. I skipped over the parts that talked about computer code. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book in which the 5 teenaged protagonists (4 boys, 1 girl) belong to an informal tech group called the Vindicators at their high school. The Vindicators join a game led by an AI chatbot who claims to be God. The game begins to control them by doling out gifts and punishments. They are faced ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a wickedly strange, mesmerizing story!

Charlie is a high school senior. When he and his friends get invited to play in an exclusive underground video game called G.O.D. Game, they find it exciting, addictive and exhilarating. They can win gadgets & tech, cash and other cool prizes in real life. But there is a cost.... Players can win cool stuff if they succeed in the game. But, failure can be dangerous. When the game messages become threatening, Charlie and his friends discover that
The God Game may sound at first like yet another juvenile sci-fi journey, but it is as incredibly addictive as any video game ever made. Once you start reading this, it's impossible to put down. On the one hand, it's a modern version of Revenge of the Nerds. On the other hand, it's a complex morality play. And, on yet another hand (there are lots of hands), what happens when you build an artificial intelligence that's convinced it's God. Is it a game or is it real? At one point do reality and ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The God Game by Danny Tobey is a science fiction thriller that really had an overall horror vibe to it as well with the events getting darker and darker. I’ve seen this one compared to Ready Player One a lot and I suppose I see that in the group of teens playing the online game but minus all the fun pop culture 80s references as that was a lighter read than this one.

Charlie and his friends call themselves the Vindicators and they are seniors in high school but not exactly in on the popular
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book was INSANE. I couldn't put it down - I read this while on a cruise, and stopping for our excursions and meals was really hard, because so much was happening and it just kept bringing me back for more!

To recap it in a spoiler-free nutshell, the main characters sign up for an online game with an AI that claims to be "god" and it starts affecting their real lives. Good things
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Some books simply deserve five stars because of how thoroughly and overwhelmingly it hooked me. The God Game by Danny Tobey was definitely one of these, a novel which first captured my attention because of its augmented-reality gaming angle, but soon I found myself completely wrapped up in its other aspects as I ravenously devoured its pages.

Although the story largely follows a group of five gifted teenagers at a Texas
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
Welcome to The God Game! This book, and the game within it, feel like something straight out of a Black Mirror episode–“Shut Up and Dance” (the one with the blackmail text messages) especially comes to mind. Prepare yourself for moral dilemmas, the horrors of technology, the complexities of teenage friendship and high school life, and above all, a riveting plot that makes this book’s 450+ pages absolutely fly past. Just remember, even as you read this review: G.O.D. is always watching.

Quick plot
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ai, suspense, hard-sf, thriller
The premise of The God Game is deliciously clever. Imagine a brutal, bloody take on Pokemon Go designed by a malevolent and omniscient A.I. who happens to believe it is God. A machine learning algorithm trained on all of history's sacred and philosophical texts. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. And apparently the Lord commandeth a flash mob army of faceless thugs to terrorize a gang of misfit high school students.

The plot is dazzlingly fast-paced with deftly structured, suspenseful
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

CW: attempted suicide, violence, self harm, depression, blackmail

The God Game is the most peculiar, exciting and brilliant book I've read in a long time.
The writing is perfect, the characters well rounded and so real, so relatable (Alex and Charlie were really perfect) it hurts, the plot captivating and chilling.
Everything starts with a chatbot, the God game, that answer any kind of question, an AI that claims to be God and
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

What does it mean to be saved?

I've had a repeating nightmare in the past, where I'm walking down a long hallway, and no matter what door I open, I know there is no way out without even stepping through one of them. I'm sure everyone's had some sort of variation of that dream at some point.

That's how it felt to read The God Game, with all of the anxiety and
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
High school senior Charlie, and his small circle of friends are known as The Vindicators. They are invited to play The G.O.D. game. A highly intelligent AI game on the web. What starts out as simple pranks eventually turns dark and dangerous, as The Vindicators' lives spin out of control. Although, what do you expect from a game that says "if you win, your dreams come true. Lose, and you die!"

This book hooks you and becomes an addictive read. The tension and suspense keeps mounting and the
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways-arcs
(rounded to 3)

A group of five high school students, self proclaimed The Vindicators, stumble upon a dark web game called The God Game. Choosing not to heed the game’s warning - “Win and all your dreams come true. Lose and you die!” - the kids decide to play.

The group is instantly fascinated by the game’s incredible advanced technological features and sophisticated coding. Earning Goldz for a job well done allows them to buy more powers and access new “levels.” But quickly, they also begin to
alana ♡
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Sometimes the only way was through, coming out bloody and tarnished on the other side."

Well, this was quite the ride and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Sometimes sci-fi books can really be hit or miss for me so I'm always a little hesitant to pick them up, however, when I read the synopsis of this one I knew I needed to give it a go. And honestly, I'm really glad I spent my New Years Eve finishing this bad boy because it was HIGHLY entertaining compared to my husband dying on the couch
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of this book at BEA.

This book was AMAZING! I literally could not put it down!

It is Ready Player One meets Nerve and will keep you reading until the very last page!

Buy this book when it comes out in 2020!!! You won't regret it!!!
Elle Rudy
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways, netgalley, 2020
“You are invited!

COme inside and play with G.O.D.”

There’s been versions of this type of story cropping up over the past decade or more. It’s a Black Mirror-esque plot revolving around technology and how once we integrate it with our lives we are at its mercy. It almost seems too far-fetched until you realize that we already have most, if not all of the technology present in the book currently out in the world today.

What I think this book is great at is depicting the relationships between the
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, thriller
This book is so much fun from the moment you pick it up until the very last page. It’s a book about a group of teenaged friends who call themselves the Vindicators. They are the smart kids, enrolled in honors classes with dreams of ivy league schools. They code and belong to the robotics club.

And at the urging of a friend, they join in on a virtual reality dark web game called The God Game. Either you win or you die. But not really.. right?

At first the game seems harmless. It’s easy to earn gold
Lisa Leone-campbell
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The God Game is an extraordinary thriller which looks into how virtual reality computer technology could possibly be a human’s downfall when put in the hands of coders who code in the darkest areas of the web. It is also a story about teenagers and their parents and how life’s pressures can influence anyone into making wrong choices.

The novel is the story of a group of misfit high school teenagers who are in a computer club. They call themselves The Vindicators. The group consists of outcasts
Aga Durka
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was one of the best sci-fi thrillers I’ve read this year. It was brilliant, surprising, and quite entertaining. The author did a great job at not only keeping the plot intriguing and action packed but he also managed to develop great characters. I am not going to lie, I was a little intimated by all the technical descriptions of video games and computer systems but I am happy to say that I was able to follow the story and fully appreciate the author’s clever ideas and plot twists. I highly ...more
Dee Arr
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, horror
Every so often a story falls into your lap that has all the elements you’re looking for, one that compels you to keep reading far into the night and causes you regret when you realize you will complete the book when you really want is for it to continue. “The God Game” by Danny Tobey is one of those stories.

The story begins with an innocence, introducing five friends who discover a game that seems like it might be fun even though there are veiled warnings about what may happen. It doesn’t take
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2020 PopSugar Challenge"Read a book with robot, cyborg or AI character."

The God Game was so much more than I thought it would be when I read the synopsis. This was a very fast paced Sci-Fi fantasy. The structure of the book reminded of James Patterson. Short 3-6 page chapters ending with a cliff hanger ratcheting up the tension and compelling you to keep reading. This does not mean the The God Game is strictly plot focused. The story speaks to who we are as a society, our
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, sci-fi
Wow! This is one heck of an intense page turner that is equally creatively written.
One heck of a ride and I can see this being popular on the big screen.

Just a warning-you do have to completely let go of reality. Being sci-fi genre, most times that is usually the case. But with this one, it's a must or you will miss the intensity of some of the most crazy and intense scenes.

Highly recommend if you need to escape this world for a bit.

ARC provided by NetGalley

Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
In the era of gaming, artificial intelligence, algorithms and greed... who wouldn't be intrigued if a game could make all your dreams come true if you won... but if you lose, you die? I mean, it's just a game... right? And if you're a gamer, and knew that hackers made this underground game... well, the temptation would be too great to not at least try it for a little bit!

This is definitely a book for a reader like me. I LOVE gaming books. I was never a huge, avid gamer, but I certainly did love
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The God Game was a creative, excellent, and captivating novel! It was a bit long, however the pace never slowed and the story was addicting. This entertaining thriller has some Black Mirror vibes (which is a show I absolutely love and highly recommend) and it was interesting to see the consequences of each action or choice. I wasn’t sure how the story would end but I actually loved the ending! This is definitely one of those novels that you have to suspend belief for since there’s some aspects ...more
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Danny Tobey is the author of THE GOD GAME, arriving January 7, 2020 from St. Martin's press. He is a fifth-generation Texan and a graduate of Harvard College, Yale Law School, and UT Southwestern medical school. Harvard gave Danny the Edward Eager prize "for the best creative writing." He wrote and edited the Harvard Lampoon and was anthologized in The Best of the Harvard Lampoon: 140 Years of ...more
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