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Game (Review)

Title: Game
Author(s)Barry Lyga
Edition: ARC, 528 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 16, 2013
Source: Received from Inkwood Books (Best bookstore in Tampa Bay!)
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The Summary
Billy grinned. “Oh, New York,” he whispered. “We’re gonna have so much fun.”

I Hunt Killers
introduced the world to Jazz, the son of history’s most infamous serial killer, Billy Dent.  In Game, the story continues.

In an effort to prove murder didn’t run in the family, Jazz teamed with the police in the small town of Lobo’s Nod to solve a deadly case. And now, when a determined New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz’s door asking for help, he can’t say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple–and its police force–running scared. So Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer’s murderous game.

My Opinion
Contains Spoilers to I Hunt Killers
A fast-paced, violent thriller full of twists, turns and complete loops; o on is safe and the killer is always one move ahead in Game, the continuation to I Hunt Killers.  One of my picks for best book of 2013, Game delivers page after page.
Jasper Dent is back and this time he's involved in killings outside of Lobo Nod's.  The NYPD are on a man hunt for the Hat-Dog Killer, a murderer who carves a dog or hat into his/her victims.  Jazz is called in by a detective to help with the case because of his work capturing The Impressionist.  So with Connie, his girlfriend, along for the trip, Jazz leaves Howie in Lobo Nod to look after his grandmother and starts to hunt this new killer.  But this isn't the only danger facing Jazz; Dear Old Dad Billy Dent is on the loose and no one knows what game he's playing, least of all Jazz.

Lyga is back with another intensely psychological book.  Picking up right where I Hunt Killers left off, the action never lets up.  The battle that Jazz is under between who he wants to be, and who he thinks he is, is even more intense with his thoughts turning to a sexually violent nature.  To add to the problem, Connie wants to take their relationship to the next level.  Again, the question of are we a sole product of our parents comes up.  Can Jazz ever fight off the demons he has, that Dear Old Dad put inside of him?  Can he ever become something other than Billy Dent's chosen protégé? 

With Jazz, Lyga creates such a conflicting and intriguing character that readers will root for him, but at the same time be terrified he'll cross the line.  All the characters pull you in and don't let go even at the end.  We're introduced to Jazz's aunt in this book, who seems to be normal (as normal as one can be with a serial killer for a brother), but may be hiding secrets.  Connie and Howie are both caught up in their own story lines that weave in and out of Jazz's story line.  Both are such great supporting characters; Lyga does an amazing job of fully fleshing them out and making them important to not only Jazz but the reader.

The plot is elaborate, with the murder gruesome and chilling.  The Hat-Dog Killer is more terrifying than The Impressionist because he is unfamiliar.  Jazz knew the steps behind The Impressionist, but with Hat-Dog it's all new.  The murders are more extreme, with the descriptions becoming more graphic.  Lyga purposefully ramps up the intensity to show that the stakes are so much higher for all the characters but Jazz in particular.  The reveal of the killer is a complete surprise, and the ramifications of the reveal makes me itch for the next book!  Plus, there's this very interesting mythology introduced that lends itself to a almost religious fervor, giving the events of the book another layer.

A heart-stopping race, the book never let's up and explodes in a fiery end, leaving the reader hanging off the cliffhanger.  But don't take my word for it, check out Game by Barry Lyga, at your local bookstore and library!

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Final Rating
Book Cover: 3/5
Book Title: 3/5
Plot: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Overall: 46/50: A-

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