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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
When i got this book the day it came out, i could not put it dow
The countless twists and turns keep this book interesting and you thinking. This novel is perfectly ...
The countless twists and turns keep this book interesting and you thinking. This novel is perfectly written and i would reccomend this to those action murder mystery novels. You wont regret it.
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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
Where the hell is the rest of the book?
posted by 8162884 on August 9, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 20, 2013
It was pretty good
I think the book would have been much better had he kept his political comments out.
Like his grandmother saying the Democrats are plotting with the communist to take their guns away.
Blantantly saying that Republicans are as crazy as dementia ridden old racist ladies.
Had he left out that I would have rated five stars.
Still a good book. I recomend it highly since you just fall in love with all the characters...Even Billy Dent.
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Posted July 27, 2013
I absolutely LOVED I Hunt Killers¿, written by Barry Lyga, so i
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I absolutely LOVED I Hunt Killers¿, written by Barry Lyga, so it should be no surprise that I picked up Game, sequel to I Hunt Killers ¿in
a heartbeat. While I am glad I read Game, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I enjoyed I Hunt Killers. Before I completely dive into my
review of this book, perhaps it is a good idea to give some background info about book one in this series? trilogy? (I have no idea...)
Jasper, also known as Jazz, has a somewhat screwed up family. Well, very screwed up might be more accurate. His mother died (and
he doesn't know if he or his father killed her), his father in in prison since he's a serial killer. He has never met his aunt, his grandpa is
dead so he's living with his crazy, racist, paranoid grandma who likes to threaten people with a gun (she doesn't know Jazz has
plugged it though so it is actually useless). To top things off, the parents of his girlfriend, Connie, hates him. But most troubling is the
fact that Jazz is battling his own inner demons; he doesn't want to end up like his father.
In I Hunt Killer, there's a serial killer terrorizing the town of Lobo Nob, where Jazz lives. It's not his dad, since he's locked up in prison
, but the kills are mimicking the kills of his dad. Determined to prove himself, Jazz helps the police (though the police were somewhat
unwilling to let him poke his nose in their business) solve the crime. Book one ends with Jazz's dad escaping from prison and is now
back on the lose, presumably in New York City.
In book two, there's a string of murders cropping up in NYC. What's puzzling is that there seems to be no pattern to these murders
except for the fact that either a picture of a dog or a hat is carved into the victim's body. As a result, the killer is nicknamed the Hat-Dog
killer. Jazz travels to NYC to help solve this mystery--the only thing he is pretty positive about is that the killer is not his father, but, his
father is still somehow involved in this. So how does everything work out? I know I didn't see the ending coming.
For all you mystery lovers, you'll love I Hunt Killers and Game since both are well planned mystery novels. I know I, myself, enjoy trying
to solve the mystery as the story progresses. I liked how the author lays out the clues in front of you so that the readers have a shot at
solving the mystery instead of just watching the characters unravel the mystery.
I think the main reason why I liked I Hunt Killers more than Game is that Game is more graphic than I would've liked and that the ending
is such a cruel cliffhanger!! I hope this author writes fast .
*allows readers to participate in solving the mystery
*some dry humor
*a tad graphic
¿ *there's a lot of unanswered questions at the end
Posted June 16, 2013
Best advice I can give you for reading this book? 1-Don't try to
Best advice I can give you for reading this book? 1-Don't try to eat anything and 2-DO NOT START READING IT BEFORE BED. The book is huge, but the material definitely deserves the length, and I figured that I would read half and then crash. Naturally by the time I reached the halfway point I was too invested to stop, and then I finished and had to write this immediately in the hopes that my brain would process it enough for me to sleep.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I'll admit the book got off to a slow start for me. There was some seriously gruesome killing going on, a cop acting very suspiciously and my precious baby Jasper caught in the middle of it. I found it difficult to get invested, and there were some moments when the writing just turned me off completely, because of the utter improbability of it all. In particular the driving force of the plot-that the NYPD and FBI would actually be so desperate that they would pull in a 17 year old boy as a consultant on a case...and then at times be visibly afraid of this kid? I had an incredibly hard time buying it. I also had an issue with the multiple POVs and the complete lack of character development. I could see why it was necessary to advance the many different plot-lines, but switching between Jasper and Connie and Howie and the killers was incredibly distracting at times and sacrificing any kind of character evolution for action? Not cool.
After reading I Hunt Killers I expected this book to be full of interesting character studies. The reason I loved that novel so much had less to do with the serial killer vs boy-detective thriller plotline then the exploration of Jasper's messed up head, and the constant nature vs. nurture internal struggle that he was going through. That novel was one of the most brilliant studies of human psychology that I'd ever read, and I was expecting something similar here, and was disappointed to find it more of an action packed cat and mouse thriller.
Other than that the writing is enjoyable. Lyga definitely has a plan and the complexity of it really showed towards the end. I especially liked what the "game" ended up being, although I was definitely angry at myself for not putting it together.
Lyga's writing is also incredibly evocative, funny, and very human at times. Jasper's internal struggle between right and wrong, humanity and serial-killerness (terrible word choice, I know) is palpable. He's one of the most complex characters I've come across in years, and I really enjoy being in his head. I just wish there had been some kind of development in his character in the 500+ pages of this novel, but I finished the book feeling as if he was in the exact same place as he was at the end of the first.
As for the other characters, I don't have much to say. I enjoy Howie, and I don't particularly like Connie. I'm invested in her relationship with Jasper only because he is, and I am terrified to see what he would do if something happened to her. I just find her to be immature and like every other teenager in the world she thinks she is brilliant and invincible and that nobody could possibly trick her. She makes a lot of bad choices because of this. I had a lot of problems with her actions in this book, if you couldn't tell. As I was reading this I also found that I don't particularly like the way that Lyga writes women. They are either victims, insane, or needy. Maybe I'm just reading too much into it. It's just the way I feel.
Overall though I enjoyed it. It was creepy and intriguing and there were multiple OMG moments that made it impossible for me to put down. While there wasn't as much to invest me emotionally, there was definitely enough action to engage my interest. And after the major cliffhangers of this ending I am desperate to get my hands on the next book.
Posted May 18, 2013
Great sequel to I Hunt Killers...
I enjoyed Game by Barry Lyga. It has a great cadence, and lovable characters. I was a little thrown by the ending - but expect that it means another book is in the works. I highly recommend it. (Read I Hunt Killers first as it has the same characters.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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