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The God Game

de Danny Tobey

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Five best friends in a high school computer club get sucked into an underground hacker's game run by a mysterious A.I. that thinks it is God; as the Game pits them against each other, it offers the ultimate promise--win and learn the meaning of life or die.

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Solid Yet Could Have Been Transcendental. If you've seen the 2016 movie Nerve, you have a pretty good idea what you're getting into here. The two are very similar in overall concept, though ultimately both use the common concept to speak to different issues. With this particular book, you get more into The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase's mantra - everyone has a price - even as the book tries in spits and spurts to discuss much weightier metaphysical topics. Hell, the book name drops Aquinas and Lewis and uses Thoth, Christ, Freud, and Heaphestus as characters! And while all of these add some interesting wrinkles to the overall tale, ultimately this book suffers from the same fate as Marcus Sakey's Afterlife. By this I mean that, as I said in the title, it is a solid action/ scifi book that could have been transcendental with a bit more care. Very much recommended. ( )
  BookAnonJeff | Jul 11, 2021 |
Wow - fast-paced, imaginative, creepy, and twisted tale that will have you putting tape over that laptop camera and looking twice at your cell phone and smart devices!

In the story, Charlie and his computer geek friends are pulled into a computer game with an AI that calls itself G.O.D. that soon intersects with the real world. Go along with the game and you get rewarded; resist, and you get Blaxx, which can result in injury or death, as they soon discover. The game plays with them/pits them against each other, testing loyalties, priorities and even their basic morals.

While the setting is Austin, this really could be anywhere, which adds to the chill. The characters are complex and flawed, most of them hiding a secret of some kind. Of all the flawed characters, the AI is the most confusing as it seems to have no moral dilemma about playing with anyone's lives - one of the bits that make it so terrifying, as it was built by feeding it every religion and philosophy that exists. And it thinks that it is GOD - neither benevolent or not.

“It's crowdsourcing morality, creating situations to see how players judge each other's choices."

The book moves at a hurtling pace until about 3/4 of the way through, where I found myself lost in the weeds with a part that crossed coding and philosophy. (Dear reader, I skimmed this part.) You will have to suspend disbelief a bit, as the AI seems to put together a plan in three-dimensions, as the group discovers that outside players are also involved in ways they cannot understand, as well as with the technology, which seems to be a bit too sentient and high level. The stakes continue to grow and the Charlie and the group are wound up tighter and tighter in the game; technology is used in horrible ways until it became hard to know

It's an ambitious book with a rather grim commentary on society and faith, yet I couldn't put down.

I'd recommend this to older YA readers as it contains some violence, blackmail, self-harm, drugs, and attempted suicide.

Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with a digital ARC of the book. ( )
1 vote jenncaffeinated | Jul 4, 2021 |
This book is amazing, it really draws you in and captivates you and it makes you want to read it more. I love thrillers and this one is epic.
It comes out January 7, 2020 so if you want a good book to read I definitely recommend this one! ( )
  TimidLilWolf | Mar 15, 2021 |
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 playing the G.O.D. Game can have bad consequences.

I'm a big fan of Stranger Things and Sci-Fi game related stories like Ready Player One. So, this story is perfect for me. I really enjoyed this book! The kids get sucked into this game, its culture, the exhilaration of being "special'' enough to be invited, and the thrill of winning real world prizes.....but when they get the full picture, the consequences are just plain scary.

Great read! I binged this one starting on Christmas Eve and just couldn't put it down!

This is the first book I've read by this author. I'm definitely going to read more!

**I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.** ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
3.5 stars
I got this as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I thought this book was dark, edgy, thrilling, and definitely worth the read. There weren't really any characters that I connected too much with, but the story kept me reading. While this is a long book, it's a quick read.

This book is about an internet "game" called the GOD Game where our 5 main characters join to see what it's all about. Judgement gets clouded, morality gets questioned, and it asks the question, "what would you do to make your dreams come true?"

With the tagline GOD is always watching, it also hits real life with the knowledge that nothing is private anymore with the world we live in, technology becomes our lives.

I would recommend this book if you want a quick edgy thriller that's different than others I've read recently.
#TheGodGame ( )
  tmbookluvr | Nov 20, 2020 |
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