The Quillan Games (Pendragon Series #7)

The Quillan Games (Pendragon Series #7)

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by D. J. MacHale, William Dufris
     
 

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Quillan is a territory on the verge of destruction. The people have lost control of their own future and must struggle simply to survive. The only chance they have of finding a better life is by playing the Quillan Games. Hosted by a strange pair of game masters, Veego and LaBerge, the games are a mix of sport and combat. They use the people of Quillan as pawns for… See more details below

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Quillan is a territory on the verge of destruction. The people have lost control of their own future and must struggle simply to survive. The only chance they have of finding a better life is by playing the Quillan Games. Hosted by a strange pair of game masters, Veego and LaBerge, the games are a mix of sport and combat. They use the people of Quillan as pawns for their amusement as they force them to enter competitions that range from physical battles, to impossible obstacle courses, to computer-driven tests of agility. To triumph in the games is to live the life of a king. To lose is to die.

This is the dangerous and deadly situation that Bobby Pendragon finds on Quillan. He quickly realizes that the only way to save this troubled territory is to beat Veego and LaBerge at their own games and dismantle their horrible fun house. But there is more at stake for Bobby. The prize for winning the Quillan Games may be discovering the truth of what it really means to be a Traveler.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
It is time to buckle up for the seventh installment in the Pendragon series, as Bobby travels to Quillan, where gaming is not an amusing pastime but a way to survive-losing means death. After watching Quillan's traveler die in a game, Bobby finds himself being forced into the role of Challenger in the most extreme of Quillan's games, the Grand X, something most likely orchestrated by Bobby's nemesis, St. Dane. Realizing that more than his life is at stake, Bobby seeks to find the secret of Quillan, held by the mysterious Mr. Pop. On Second Earth, Courtney is recovering from her near fatal accident, aided by Mark and his strange new friend. None of the three heroes have any inkling of the horrors awaiting them. It is difficult to imagine a better thrill ride than a Pendragon novel, and MacHale keeps kicking up the adrenaline factor with each subsequent book. Although this volume starts slowly and sometimes gets bogged down in exposition, it quickly becomes a roller coaster of unexpected twists and turns. MacHale is not afraid to subject his characters to failure, betrayal, and loss, and jaw-dropping surprises are in store for fans who have come to love them. With its deftly handled warning of a future of uncontrolled greed, its questioning of the nature of good and evil, and the shattering portrayal of loss, it is one of the most impacting entries of a creative and challenging series. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Simon & Schuster, 496p., Ages 11 to 15.
—Arlene Garcia
KLIATT - KLIATT Review
To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, May 2006: Bobby Pendragon, fresh from a deadly encounter with Saint Dane, finds an invitation to the Games of Quillan, and off he goes to a fresh Territory. The people of Quillan are quite fond of games, and of gambling, but the stakes if one loses are grim indeed. In no time at all, Bobby finds himself a Challenger in the biggest Games of the world, where winning is everything and the losers leave in a coffin. But there is some hope: Bobby has discovered a secret underground movement, working to wrest control of their world from the fascist Corporation that rules it. Meanwhile, back on Second Earth, Bobby's friends are in trouble, and he needs to get back to help them--if he can survive. This series gets better and better, and the stakes for the Territories have just been raised again. Essential for libraries that own the series, which should be all libraries. Age Range: Ages 12 to 18. REVIEWER: Deirdre Root (Vol. 42, No. 1)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597372855
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
05/16/2006
Series:
Pendragon Series, #7
Edition description:
Unabridged, 13 CDs, 10 hours
Pages:
9
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

D. J. MacHale is a writer, director, and producer of several popular television series and movies that include Flight 29 Down; Are You Afraid of the Dark?; Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective; Tower of Terror; and Ghostwriter. Pendragon, his first book series, is a #1 New York Times bestselling series. He lives in southern California with his wife, Evangeline; his daughter, Keaton; a golden retriever, Maggie; and a kitten, Kaboodle.

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