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The Assassin Game av Kirsty McKay

The Assassin Game (utgåvan 2016)

av Kirsty McKay (Författare)

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"At Cate's isolated boarding school, Killer Game is a tradition. Only a select few are invited to play. They must avoid being killed by a series of thrilling pranks, and identify the murderer. But this time, it's different: the game stops feeling fake and starts getting dangerous and Cate's the next target. Can they find the culprit ... before it's too late?"--… (mer)
Titel:The Assassin Game
Författare:Kirsty McKay (Författare)
Info:Sourcebooks Fire (2016), 336 pages
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The Assassin Game av Kirsty McKay


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The Assassin Game begins with a fairly preposterous premise. A private school called Umfraville located on a small deserted island off the coast of Ireland is owned by Cate's family allowing her to reside at the school and take all of her high school classes there. Most of the students come from money or have some special talent. "The Game" is legendary at the school. Certain students are chosen to be initiated and become part of "The Game." The object is to survive "The Killer," who sets out to "kill" each of the other particpants before anybody guesses who he or she is. When Cate is finally initiated, a boy from her past reappears, and everything about "The Game" changes as real murder attempts start happening on the island.

The book was very well written and kept my attention enough for me to read it in one sitting. The problem I had with the book was that I didn't really like any of the characters very well. Even Cate, who is the main character could have opted out of "The Game" at any point in the story, and possibly stopped what can only be called organized bullying that school officials turned their backs on even though they knew all about it. An interesting read, but not very much fun. ( )
  ftbooklover | Oct 12, 2021 |
On an island off the coast of Wales, pupils at a boarding school are invited to the Assassins' Guild, where a 'killer' pretends to kill the rest of the guild. But what if there is a real killer on the island.
Didn't really find it interesting enough apart hoping that there would be a real killer and kill everyone off. Though it might appeal to teenagers.
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  Vesper1931 | Jul 29, 2021 |
Set on a remote Welsh island, The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay is a solid young adult mystery that takes place in an elite boarding school for (mostly) gifted students.

One of the few "ordinary" students attending Umfraville Hall, Cate is thrilled when she is selected for the highly coveted Assassins' Guild, an exclusive secret society whose yearly game of "Killer" is a long standing tradition. The rules of the game are fairly simple: one member of the Guild is the "killer" who then creatively stages the fake "murders" of the other members of the group. The would be "victims" try to stay out of the "killer's" crosshairs while at the same trying to guess the "murderer's" identity.

Cate is surprised to discover her old childhood friend, Vaughan, is now at student at the school and even more shocking, he has designed a social network (the Crypt) just for the Guild.The Assassin Guild elders vote to let Vaughan into the group and while not all of the members are happy with their decision, the Crypt is an instant hit. The game is progressing nicely with the first two clever "deaths", but things quickly take a sinister turn when Cate begins receiving creepy threats and someone creates an extra profile on the Crypt. Once the "hits" become a little too real, Cate and Vaughan are convinced there are two "killers" but will they uncover the identity of the real would be "killer" before it is too late?

Cate is a likable character with a limited circle of friends. At the end of the previous term, a couple of romantic missteps have made things awkward with one of her close friends so she spends a lot of time on her own since her other close friend is super involved with the school newspaper. While initially a bit uncomfortable with Vaughan's arrival (their friendship came to a somewhat abrupt end years earlier), Cate is soon enjoying his company. He keeps her a little off balance with some of things he says and does, but overall, their friendship is mostly trouble free. Cate initially believes the threats she is receiving are part of the killer game, but she soon realizes these incidents do not exactly fit the "killer's" MO.

After two of the Guild members are seriously injured, the police are called in to investigate. Suspicion falls on Vaughan, but Cate remains convinced of his innocence. Tensions mount as severe weather conditions trap everyone on the island and Cate begins to make some very unwise decisions. Is Cate putting her trust in the wrong person? Will her impetuous and ill-advised choices end in tragedy?

The Assassin Game is a well-written, atmospheric young adult mystery. While not exactly an edge of the seat thriller, Kirsty McKay does an excellent job keeping the identity of the real "killer" and the motive for the attacks under wraps until the novel's dramatic and pulse-pounding conclusion. All in all, an entertaining twist on a familiar plot that readers of young adult fiction will enjoy. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
this is really good, it's a mystery inside a mystery, trying to figure out who the fake killer is and who the real killer is. It says on the back that it's for ages 12 and up, but I thought it held up pretty good for being a middle grade book, the story is very captivating and I never got bored reading this.

I won this from a goodreads giveaway ( )
  cdevine18 | Sep 17, 2017 |
This book was provided to me as an uncorrected digital review copy by the publisher, via Edelweiss.

Cate attends Umfraville Hall, a boarding school meant to educate the most gifted students. Cate doesn’t match that description; there are things she is good at, but nothing at which she excels. The fact that her family owns the island on which the school sits has bought her way into the hallowed halls of the exclusive institution. Her only chance of fitting in, even after attending the school for three years, lies in the game “Killer”. She has been chosen to participate, which improves her status, but now she has another worry: staying alive.

I really enjoyed this book. I don’t say that lightly, because when one takes on the task of reviewing books before they have been released, one also takes on the risk of feeling obligated to read some very poorly written material. This book kept me up past my bedtime, and that’s huge for me. Bedtime, to me, is sacrosanct. I reeeealllly like to sleep, so for a book to keep me up late, it must be either very intense or have characters that have gotten under my skin. This book does both. I chose to review this book because I enjoyed the premise. It’s not an extremely original idea, but setting it on an island is. And this isn’t just any island, but an island that is frequently cut off from the mainland by the incoming tides. That cranks up the creepiness factor. The dialog feels natural and flows well. The exchanges between the characters are what you would expect to hear if you listen in on a conversation between teenagers. The story is well-paced, with no rushing or dragging. My very favorite part of this book, though, is Cate. She is an extremely flawed main character. She is absolutely no good in the titular game. The one time Cate seems to actually discover a clue and make a solid assumption from it, it turns out that she is wrong. The rest of the time, she’s just doing her best to hide from the “killer” rather than actually trying to figure out who it is. Rather than be annoyed by her ineptitude, I found myself thinking “Oh, that’s so Cate”. Then there’s Vaughan. He’s not the typical leading man, because, while he’s good-looking and intelligent, he’s also pompous and awkward. Vaughan is sometimes unlikable, other times completely lovable, and I wasn’t sure until the very end if he was a good guy or a bad guy. I love that! The ending wasn’t a complete surprise to me, but I didn’t have it completely figured out, which is almost as good. The only part of this book that I can say anything bad about is the title. Shouldn’t the book be called “Killer”, since that’s the actual name of the game? Other than that, I would recommend this book to any teen reader who enjoys flawed characters trying to figure out a life and death mystery.
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  khaddox | Feb 6, 2017 |
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"At Cate's isolated boarding school, Killer Game is a tradition. Only a select few are invited to play. They must avoid being killed by a series of thrilling pranks, and identify the murderer. But this time, it's different: the game stops feeling fake and starts getting dangerous and Cate's the next target. Can they find the culprit ... before it's too late?"--

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