My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Endgame only has 12 players, each descended from the original twelve tribes of humanity. For ten-thousand years the Players have kept their identities secret, some hoping Endgame will be played during their ages of eligibility, some relieved when they age out and the Player status moves on to their child. Every player is an assassin, a codebreaker, a linguist and a liar. Each player has the ability to win Endgame, ensuring that their line of humanity inherits the Earth when the Sky People return.
Their return is heralded by 12 meteors, each one raining devastation onto the hometown of a Player, an obvious sign that Endgame has begun. A globe-trotting game of cat-and-mouse ensues from Iraq to Stonehenge, with every Player determined to be the last one standing. But even the last living Player must hold all the keys in order to save their line. Uneasy alliances form, false friendships and honest relationships bloom while each Player tries to solve the clue embedded in their minds at the Calling, kill one another, race to find the key, and most of all – be the one to win Endgame.