Publication Date: 1/7/2020
Rating: 4 / 5
I received a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for the chance to read and review! I also was lucky to win a copy of the physical ARC from Goodreads!
THE GOD GAME by Danny Tobey follows five teens who receive a mysterious invitation to play with G.O.D. Along with the invitation is a warning. If they win, all their dreams will come true, but to lose is to die! Each teen is facing a lot of difficulties in life whether it be grief, abuse, relationship issues and worries about the future. Given these real life issues, the allure of the game is too much to resist. Soon they’re welcomed into the G.O.D. Game, a fully immersive experience through the VR glasses they put on.
The game overlays reality with the game’s reality, jumping into their lives through their phones and their computers. At the helm is an AI which believes that it is God, working off a sense of morality fed by religious texts of all sorts. The AI is very powerful, able to cut off communication, mimic and manipulate. The game is much larger than any of the teens originally anticipated.
I really enjoyed THE GOD GAME and it had me hooked very early on. The way the game and reality intertwined added drama and kept me wanting to read more. Knowing that the entity calling itself God was able to integrate itself into almost any technology added an element of suspense knowing how much technology is part of everything we do.
The POV switches back and forth between the five teens as they work together and apart to explore the game’s reaches. Each has their own concerns and different ways that the game is manipulating them with promises of success or failure. I thought the author did a good job of making each character very distinct. There were times that the rapid fire change of POV between characters felt a little too fast for me, but for the most part I thought it really worked well.
Overall this was a fun ride throughout. The ending wasn’t entirely unexpected, but it had a fun twist that left me feeling satisfied. I definitely recommend adding THE GOD GAME to your TBR. This one will be out on January 7, 2020!