The Dying Game

The Dying Game

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"A masterly locked-room mystery set in a near-future Orwellian state. The year is 2037, and on the tiny island of Isola, seven people have been selected to compete in a forty-eight-hour test for a top-secret intelligence position with the totalitarian Union of Friendship. One of them is Anna Francis, a workaholic bureaucrat with a nine-year-old daughter she rarely sees and a secret that haunts her. Her assignment: to stage her own death and then to observe, from her hiding place inside the walls of the house, how the six other candidates react to the news that a murderer is among them. Who will take control? Who will crack under pressure? But then a storm rolls in, the power goes out, and the real game begins. Combining suspense, unexpected twists, psychological gamesmanship, and a sinister dystopian future, The Dying Game conjures a world in which one woman is forced to ask, "Can I save my life by staging my death?"--
Publisher: New York, New York :, Penguin Books,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780143131793
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 20 cm


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Jan 22, 2018

Modern day George Orwell 1984, an adult version of Hunger Games. A thrilling, suspenseful read. There were times that my heart was actually racing as I read this book! LOVED it!

Jan 16, 2018

Entertaining if you like locked-room mysteries, but the plot is very convoluted and overwrought.

Nov 22, 2017

An intelligent first novel and noir thriller with smart/hard-boiled dialogues set in the near future that evokes Atwood/Orwell. If you like this, check out John Scalzi's The Dispatcher and Spanish film Fermat's Room.

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