Review | The God Game by Danny Tobey

Hello, fellow readers! Part of my 2020 reading goals is to stay on top on my ARCs. I am about a week late reviewing this title, but I am pleased that I still read it in the month of release! Another 2020 reading goal is to read more “big books.” The God Game has about 450 pages, which I am counting as a big book. I don’t usually read books with more than 300-350 pages!

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press, for providing me with a review copy of this title. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This was a solid three star read. I am not a gamer, but I did find the concept enjoyable. It would make a great episode of Black Mirror.

Charlie and his friends receive an electronic message inviting them to play, “The G.O.D. Game.” It seems harmless at first until the game begins to threaten them and force them to do unthinkable acts to protect their own secrets. Suddenly the game’s initial warning, “win, win big, lose, you die,” begins to feel like a very real possibility.

I thought the book was too long, and it felt like a YA book because the main characters are 17-18 year old teenagers in high school. While the pacing does eventually pick up and become unputdownable at times, you have to read about 60 pages of character background before the story becomes interesting. The author certainly did his research and I enjoyed the bits of theology thrown in here and there, but he really lost me when the characters were discussing coding.

Overall, The God Game was an enjoyable read, and I would recommend it if you like gaming and/or sci-fi.

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