Review: The End Games

Apr •  24 •  2013
Review: The End GamesThe End Games by T. Michael Martin
Series: Stand Alone
Published by HarperTeen on May 7th 2013
Genres: Young Adult- Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic
Source: Publisher
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It happened on Halloween.

The world ended.

And a dangerous Game brought it back to life.

Seventeen-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, have been battling monsters in The Game for weeks.

In the rural mountains of West Virginia, armed with only their rifle and their love for each other, the brothers follow Instructions from the mysterious Game Master. They spend their days searching for survivors, their nights fighting endless hordes of “Bellows”—creatures that roam the dark, roaring for flesh. And at this Game, Michael and Patrick are very good.

But The Game is changing.

The Bellows are evolving.

The Game Master is leading Michael and Patrick to other survivors—survivors who don’t play by the rules.

And the brothers will never be the same.

T. Michael Martin’s debut novel is a transcendent thriller filled with electrifying action, searing emotional insight, and unexpected romance.

I have to admit that this book is much different than what I thought it be. Very exciting, I found myself enthralled and pulled into the story.

The plot of the book seem something like a mix of The Hunger Games/The Maze Runner. Very interesting, I was completely intrigued by the idea of a game.  A game, where a Game master tells you your next move. And then, the plot changed. Now, I don’t want to give away this tidbit but I mostly certainly was taken by it. After this little piece of info, I had nothing but admiration for the main character, Michael.

There is a love interest that took place despite all the craziness of the story. I like that this love interest is a crush/the start of real love. They don’t have time for dates or anything fancy, still their crush on each other began to grow slowly and beautifully. I like that it brought some peace to the characters.

Another great part of the story is the back round history to the characters. Both have been through a lot and I like that not everything is given to the reader all at once but piece by piece. Every bit of information only helps the reader build up the characters  more in the readers head as to what is really going on. The end gives hope to a world that is once destroyed to be built up again.

The End Games is a tale for fans that thirst for a great apocalyptic adventure.  A mix of a game, a quest to go home, and the fight for something more, The End Games has plenty of action and plots that keeps you in place. A smart and witty story, The End games is impressive.

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!



  1. Jenny
    Apr 24, 2013

    Ooooo! I wasn’t sure about this one Savy, but now I really want to read it. I have a copy for review so I’m going to move it up my list, I love the sound of the the Game and the romance. Thanks for the fabulous review!

    • Savannah
      Apr 24, 2013

      Yes, it very good! I hope you get a chance to read it.

  2. On the edge of the seat kind of book. Sounds like my kind of read! Thanks for putting this one on my radar!