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Book Title: Invitation to the Game|
The author of the book: Monica Hughes
ISBN 13: 9780671866921
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.99 MB
Edition: Simon Pulse
Date of issue: June 1st 1993
Read full description of the books Invitation to the Game:So, when I saw this on the shelves at B & N, I thought it sounded like a mixture of The Running Man(awesome) and The Hunger Games (also awesome) and I had to buy it. Having finished it, I can't say that it is as good as either of those books, but it is definitely enjoyable. This book was originally published in the early nineties and, though the author passed away a few years ago, obviously her publisher didn't want to miss out on the YA dystopia trend. I have to say, though, that this book is not dated at all--but I did chuckle at her prediction that we'd be using e-readers in the future...
The beginning of this book is definitely not its strong point. Monica Hughes introduces us to Lisse, our protagonist, and her group of friends, all of whom are graduating from Government School. In a The Giver-type ceremony, each graduate is given their future job assignment or confirmation that they are an Unemployed. As their society has replaced more and more of its workforce with robots, an increasing number of students find themselves Unemployed. Surprise! Lisse and several of her friends join the ranks of the jobless and move to their "Designated Area," where the Government provides them with their basic needs. All around their neighborhood, they hear whispers and conversations about "The Game."
Now, don't get crazy, I'm not going to tell you what The Game is, it would ruin the whole story. But I will tell you that each kid specializes in some sort of occupation while at school. Lisse's group is balanced so each person brings something to their team. When they start playing The Game, it is clear that some people bring more to the table than others and this book was a little frustrating for me because the person who is dead weight on the team is THE PROTAGONIST. Seriously, we have a chemist, a farmer, someone medically trained, a historian, someone that knows karate, etc. And Lisse? Useless. (view spoiler)[and don't try to tell me she's "a writer." HISTORIANS can write history. And that's basically what she was doing at the end of the story. (hide spoiler)] She keeps getting injured, sick, crying, and generally holding her team back.
This book is pretty interesting in that it shoves political theory into the minds of young adults. There were undertones of rebellion, questionings of authority, and at least a few discussions of the organization of society. The author really packs it all into 182 pages--it's like a clown car--but I didn't mind as I became invested in the story. In fact, I thought it was a great misdirection method--I couldn't wait to find out what The Game really was and what it had to do with the organization of this society! (view spoiler)[Answer: basically nothing. (hide spoiler)]
If you really want to know what The Game is about, I'll tell you: (view spoiler)[At first, the group is doing a virtual reality exploration of a huge land. Over time, they stay for longer. In their final time playing, it turns out that all the practice gaming they'd done had been to prepare them for their actual mission to colonize a new planet. Evidently, their society has been shipping off well-balanced groups of Unemployeds to other planets to deal with their workforce problem. Each time they played, the teens were "asleep" when they played the game. The last time, I guess we are to believe that they were put under for however long it took the Government to send them on a spaceship to a planet ON THE OTHER SIDE OF OUR GALAXY. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the fact that each member of the team helped in the colonization. (Except Lisse, who was pretty useless) (hide spoiler)]
I don't regret buying this one, nor do I regret reading it. The writing style (especially the dialogue) were annoying at points because the characters (who were basically cardboard, let's not kid ourselves here) had simplistic conversations and then they went to a club where the author said a Pierrot approached them. Now, I had an idea of what a Pierrot was, but I had to look it up to confirm my suspicion. Who the hell is the audience for this book? In most respects, I feel like it is middle readers, but every once in a while it felt like a teen book. I am clueless who I'd recommend this book to amongst my friends, but it was worthwhile.
Read information about the authorMonica Hughes was a very popular writer for young people, and has won numerous prizes. Her books have been published in the United States, Poland, Spain, Japan, France, Scandinavia, England, and Germany. She has twice received the Canada Council Prize for Children's Literature, and was runner-up for the Guardian Award.
She is the author of Keeper of the Isis Light, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, which also received a Certificate of Honor from the International Board on Books for Young People; Hunter in the Dark, also an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Sandwriter, among many other titles.
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