ARC Review: The God Game by Danny Tobey

Take me somewhere new

The Gods have assembled before you in ritual and they have designated a task.

Will you play the game or will you live a simple life?

Is your answer so clear cut or do you long for adventure? Is everything going perfect in your life or is there something you wish to change?

D̷̙̞̟̦̖̠̟̻͕̊̀̇͝ơ̴̢͎̱̺̬̱͎̲͖̤̠͓͐͛̽ ̴̯̝͓̗̊͜͜y̵̨̨̛̭̌͆́̊̓̔̑̃̚͝ợ̷̱͌̀̄̍̌̆̄̀̈́͑̉̔u̸̙̦͙̘̻͖̔́̈́̐͑̍͌̈́̓͊̀̃͊ ̴͉͕̠͕̗̫̖͖̟͙̜̫̥̈́̈́̇̂̇́́̄̂̀͗̀̈́͘͜͝l̷̡̡̜͇͙̪̥̻̤͓̬̆͆͋o̵̺͕͍̿̿͜͝ņ̸͙̬̓̾͝g̶̟͙̙͕̫̀͛ ̴̯̖̖͛̀͊͐̿͗f̸̢̨̛̪̤̺̰̜̝̲̿͆̀͆̅̓͂̌̈̃̄ͅở̸̢͈̩͙͇͔̬̲̹̫͇̰͙̅̈̐̏͒̑̊̐͝ŕ̸̲͔̼͍̮̏̿̎͐̀̓̂͗̂̓͝ ̷̫͚̱̝͚̻̰̺̮͍̘̖̱͋̒́́̊͑̇̏̚e̶̢͚̘͔͉̩͙̥̫͎̪̠̙͆̏̀́̾̽́̓̈́̓̓͂̿̕͝x̷̰̣̮̼̬͚̜̳̟̂̂̉͂̑ͅç̷̓̓̃i̴̧̠̯̞̜͆͒͌́͂̈́̊ͅť̵͎̜̩͔̮̟̪͙͔̜͉͎̰̩̾̌̓̿͒ẽ̸̡̧̡̡̡̨͇̗̠͈̬̗͖̹͎̋͝m̸̛̙̩̼̦̹̰͔͓̹̝͐́̇̂̒̆͒̆̂͂̊͝e̷̛̝͊̊̕n̸̛̘̲̙̮͂̿̔̓̉̿̀̈́̀́̚̚͝t̵̨͇̝͇̟̣̂̽͜͜?̸͓͉̘́̊̈́́̈́̊̅̌̕͘ͅ ̶̢͇̞̪̞͈̻͚̰͚̼͕̦̻̈́̈́̓̋̽͑̒̑́͛͘͠ͅÁ̴̰͕͖̮̹̰͔̖͛́͌̇̀́͠ͅr̸̡̗̭̾̎̉́̾̅͝è̸̹̳̣͎̭̱̯̺̞̀̍̈̒̄͒̍̽͜ ̶̦͔͖͉̗͍́̄̽͂͛̐̓̑͛̿͘̕̕͘͝y̶̢̖̳̯̌̀̿̄̽͊̈́͐̽̎o̷̧͚͇͍̮̗͕̿̾̿̀͌͌͐̀̈̇̈́̕͝ů̸̧̪̞̫̞̹̞̖̫̫̠̰͈̽̎̓̏̐̄͑͋͝ ̷̛̼̥̪͎͖̼͙̬̝̮̩̝̬̙͒́͂̂̕͝͝ͅş̸̢͕͕̳̬͈̱͍͉̤̻̏̂̓̕͜e̵͙̿̄͂̌͒̇̒̿͝͝͠e̸̡̢͎͇͈̥̤̲̽̒̊͆̐̕ͅk̶̢̮͉̦̺̻͉͕̥͉̹͉̮̤̫͛͊̔͗̃͝͠į̴̣̘́̈́̆̉͊͆͆̐̎n̸̨̛̫̺̳͆̎̀̌̅͛̈́̃̚g̸̦͑̈̇̄͌̓͆̆͘ ̷̢͇͇̟͍̃͋̉̔͊͘a̶̢͙̓͌͛̃̂́̇̏̉͝ ̵̢̣̠͕̹̲̩̀ȓ̷̦̓͂̄̋͂͐̚u̶̦͇̝̥̮̫̞̮̓̅̋̀͘͠s̸̢̢̺̗͔͎̩̻̥̠̲̐̽̃̌̀̐͐̀̍́͌͜h̵͈̩̳̦͖̣̮͎̼̞̲̼͕̻̒̒̊͆̈́͝ͅ?̸͙̰̼̌͛͆̇̏͗͌̀̓͋̚

Y/N

Is there an end?

Is leave possible?

Welcome to The God Game.

Five teens, not quite outcasts yet not in the popular crowd, make up a group of misfit gamers, coders, Vindicators.

They mainly get together and do fly by pranks nothing too extreme even when one of their members grows more and more reckless. That all shifts when The Vindicators are introduced to the GOD Game and they slip into the deepest recesses of the dark web and beyond even that.

The God is an AI that grants gold but can easily blacken and taint your soul if you displease it. If you win, you win and if you lose…

The game is fun at first as all games start out but as the lines blur and reality slinks away The Vindicators realize that its not only their lives at stake but the people they love as well.

Well, this was an AMAZING MINDFUCK.

From the very beginning I was hooked and knew I was going to enjoy myself thoroughly.

I’m a huge video game player so this entire premise was like sweet sweet candy to me. Although, I do NOT think I would personally play this game myself because I’ve read way too many horror books to know how this turns out.

And just how did it turn out???

*Chuckles darkly* Say, have you heard of the chaos emeralds?

Our top 5 characters are a well rounded bunch of teenage angst but god, do I love them all. You honestly do feel for each and every character and it’s unfair that they’re going through so much because they are so young but unfortunately this world is old, cruel, and unrelenting. It doesn’t give a shit and it never will. These are just facts. The protagonist, Charlie, I was with him all of the way and that’s super rare with a main character because most of the time I want to beat their asses with the decisions they make. But Charlie was cool as hell and I understood him completely. He was smart, wanted to save his friends, and just too good for this wicked world.

There was a lot of diversity among the characters too which as always was great to see. Vanhi owns my heart and soul forever and always.

Do any of you remember the anime .hack//sign? It’s super weird and surreal but basically a virus occurs and a bunch of users are trapped in The World which is a video game. The God Game reminded me a lot of that with that creepy/gamer aesthetic. I’m also reminded of the Persona Games and Oxenfree tbh!

I love video games and I love the escapism it provides me but I also love the option of leaving the game when I want to on my terms. Free will.

I think overall my favorite part of this book is the mythology and Gods we encounter. The imagery they bring up is cool is hell. The chapter names alone brought a shiver down my spine. I mean how fucking cool is:

The Catacomb of Veils

Picture me in the darkness scribbling on the walls and muttering that. Hardcore as hell.

This book has it all. Romance, fire, many headed Gods, betrayal, lust, wicked car chase, hardcore geeks.

Each chapter had me enthralled and the last chapter is one of my favorite endings in a long time. There are some tough subjects to read such as death, suicide, abuse and bully so do be prepared if you would like to read this book 🙂

After reading this I’m reminded of why I don’t answer texts and phone calls from people I don’t know. I’m too nice to be swept into a game of life and death. My anxiety can’t handle that.

Thank you very much to Netgalley and the publisher for this copy of my ARC. All opinions are my own.

Why is there war?
A pause, then:
Because killing feels good.
To whom?
Another pause.
To me.

💜💜💜💜💜 5/5

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Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

10 thoughts on “ARC Review: The God Game by Danny Tobey

  1. *flails* OMG this sounds soooo good and I want it now. *grabby hands* I’ve sort of been keeping an eye out for reviews of it since I first heard of it, and I’m so excited that it hasn’t disappointed! I enjoyed .hack//sign, but I LOVE Persona, so yeeesss, I’m so glad to hear it reminds you of those!

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      1. I MANAGED TO GET AN ARC OF THIS AND I CAN’T EVEN RIGHT NOW. I have one more book to read this week before I pick it up, but IT IS SO ON. I’m excited.

        Which is the latest. Is it Persona 5? I haven’t finished it yet. I didn’t even know it was out, so I got it for my birthday in September and haven’t had a lot of time for playing it. =/ But so far? Yes. I mean, all Persona games are amazing, obviously, so it’s not that surprising.

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        1. YEEES i’m so so happy for you and can’t wait to read your thoughts!!!

          Yes!! it’s such a huge game so I don’t even blame you and yeah they’re all so fantastic. one of my favorite series.

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