The End Games

The End Games

by T. Michael Martin


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062201805
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Pages: 369
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

T. Michael Martin is a novelist and vlogger who holds a BFA in filmmaking from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Indianapolis.

What People are Saying About This

Carrie Ryan

“The End Games is my favorite kind of zombie story: utterly thrilling, deeply moving, beautifully written, and entirely unputdownable. A must read!”

Mira Grant

“This is one of the sharpest, most unexpected zombie novels I’ve read in a long time.”

S.A. Bodeen

“The End Games clutches the reader with chilling action, cushioning the gore with the love shared between two brothers, leaving enough cracks in the despair so that the reader is allowed to hope that humanity will trump all.”

Sara Zarr

“It’s full of both jaw-dropping action and heart-twisting beauty. It’s a thrill ride that makes you think and feel: terrifying and joyful, funny and moving.”

Bennett Madison

“With more heart (and brains) than any zombie book has a right to and then some,The End Games is a deeply imaginative and soulful book from one of the most exciting new writers I’ve read in ages.”

Pittacus Lore

“Provocative, action-packed and unexpectedly stirring, full of twists and turns that you’ll never see coming, T. Michael Martin’s The End Games will shock and move you.”

R.L. Stine

“The End Games is my kind of book. It’s tense right from the first chapter - and believe me, it stays tense. It plays startling games with your head - lots of twists and surprises. A great read from a great new talent.”

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The End Games 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
GWReader More than 1 year ago
This book surprised me so much. I love zombie novels. But I also love dark, literary stories. And I love stories about relationships. And this was all 3! Michael and his little brother Patrick are two of the few survivors after the zombie apocalypse hits. They travel the backwoods and small towns of West Virginia, looking for others like them. Looking for rescue. But most importantly, Michael is trying to keep 5-yr-old Patrick's innocence intact. And after they do find other survivors, Michael starts to realize that innocence just might not exist anymore. Love, love, love, love, love...seriously. READ IT YOU GUYS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up The End Games at my local Barnes and Noble and once I started reading, it was a breeze to finish.  I usually have trouble sticking with a book without a break for a few days in between, but with the End Games I genuinely looked forward to going to bed each night, knowing a chapter or three of gripping zombie adventure was waiting for me.   It is truly rare to find a zombie story with such depth of character and polished story.  Unlike most zombie tales, which draw their drama from a large band of survivors, meant to serve mostly as zed food, The End Games hyper focuses on its main character Michael, giving us a vivid picture of his inner workings throughout the course of the book.  And though the band of survivors is smaller than in other zombie stories, each and every character serves a real purpose and none are expendable (though some, of course, are expended). I'm tempted to write a short synopsis of the plot, but that's already done for you on the book's jacket, and I recommend that you start the book knowing only what's provided.  The less you know, the more surprises await you, and friend, there are a lot of surprises!  And there is not one, not two, but THREE fantastic villains in this story that push Michael and his brother deeper into dangerous territory. Finally, this is a great read for any age, but I most certainly recommend it for young adults.  This is not simply because it's a young adult novel, but because the messages and themes in this book are so important for a young person to consume and understand.  Yes, it is a very cool ass zombie book that makes you grip the cover in suspense and scream at the pages.  But you'll also be reading a survival tale about honesty, loyalty, love for others, and a searching for something greater.  And that is what sets this book apart from most any other book in recent memory and kept me going to bed early each night for another dose of End Games goodness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slightly difficult to get into, but once you get hooked, you REALLY get hooked. An intense read for those looking for the post-apocalyptic zombie book for teens. Try surviving this arena, Katniss!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding! What a great talent! Can't wait to read more of this author's work!
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Pretty good. I liked the game take on the story. Very unique. The various groups of people were scary. Over all, interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a great book. Over used idea of zombies and the end of the world. Some of the twists in this book go unexplained and I really fought to even finish the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sharpen my poisoness sword nightshade
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Living in morgantown, I can drive and point out some of these places. Very well descripted, and accurate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has everything from action to suspense to even a little bit of romance. I would highly recomend this book to teenagers that are fans of any genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend.
25roses More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. It was everything I look for in a book.  Fun, interesting, and likable characters that you never give up on and villains you love to hate.  I didn't want to put  it down once I started. I enjoy zombie stories and this one is so much fun. I recommend this book to everyone who likes a good story. You won't be disappointed.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this story. Great creativity. Never saw the end coming. The story keeps you guessing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The survival of a eight year old and his older brother who is seventeen.Micheal and Patrick are alone in the beginging and are surrounded by Bellows.Fight for their lives and following the directions of the Game Master they're trying to get to the Safe Zone to be reunited with their mother.They have been seperated since Halloween.