Sky Key by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton // An Electrifying Sequel

Friday, 11 March 2016
Sky Key (Endgame #2), by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton
Publication: October 6, 2015, by HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian, Action
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed

Endgame is here. Earth Key has been found. Two keys—and nine Players—remain. The keys must be found, and only one Player can win.
Queens, New York. Aisling Kopp believes the unthinkable: that Endgame can be stopped. But before she can get home to regroup, she is approached by the CIA. They know about Endgame. And they have their own ideas about how it should be Played. Ideas that could change everything.
Kingdom of Aksum, Ethiopia. Hilal ibn Isa al-Salt narrowly survived an attack that leaves him horribly disfigured. He now knows something the other Players do not. But the Aksumites have a secret that is unique to their line. A secret that can help redeem humanity—and maybe even be used to help defeat the beings behind Endgame.
London, England. Sarah Alopay has found the first key. She is with Jago—and they are winning.But getting Earth Key has come at a great cost to Sarah. The only thing that keeps the demons at bay is Playing. Playing to win.
Sky Key—wherever it is, whatever it is—is next. And the nine remaining Players will stop at nothing to get it.

My Thoughts:

The Endgame is here. It has begun. The characters are all rivals and things are seriously getting started. James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton provided readers with a continuation of the story of a lifetime. It was not as good as the first, though I am throughly impressed with the action, development and memorable parts of this all. The characters continue to play the game, searching for keys, in different parts of the world that puts this all together like puzzle pieces. This novel is racing, gorgeous, memorable and reminds me of why I enjoyed the first book so much and stood up for it. It was not just because of a game, or because it featured a unique dystopian experience. This series rocks my world and causes me to be so obsessed with everything about this. Including the writing.

Frey and Johnson-Shelton begin this novel off with a fresh start. As we know, the first novel ends off with quite of a cliffhanger dealing with Sarah and Jago's relationship. I wanted the two fabulous authors to continue with that... but of course they did not, which makes the sequel more worthwhile. The authors provide readers with a continuation of the last book, with more drama, action and moments with characters who seemed to be more secondary in the first one—like Aisling. All of the good stuff is thrown into the story to show that the series is just not over yet. 

I have to embrace the beauty of the different settings in the book that make this not even a speck of confusing. Normally, I am hesitant with books with multiple perspectives, but the duo writers did it fabulously. The plot was fast-paced for most of the time and I really enjoyed it all overall. 

The Highlights:

Sarah and Jago. The power couple (and practically the only couple in the story) keep on doing their thing beautifully. There was constant drama between them and the game, and they all turned out to be stronger than ever by the end, even though readers had this constant doubt in our minds that something bad would happen, spoiler alert, it all went pretty well.

The Ending. I NEED MORE. MY LIFE DEPENDS ON THE ENDING AND WINNER(S)? OF THIS LEGACY/STORY/WHATEVER. If it does not get shoved into my hands soon enough, I will write a satisfying ending for myself. (I do whatever it takes honestly).

The Characters. Many pissed me off, but as a reader, that always seems to happen when I enjoy a series so much. Every character is involved with some kind of catastrophe that the authors include to keep readers in on this wild ride. It is wild, it is hectic. You can never find that safe spot when reading The Endgame, that's for sure.

The Lowlights:

The Fact That... this journey is not going anywhere. I am pretty sure that this is a trilogy... and not many people are killed. NOT THAT I WANT CHARACTERS TO DIE. I am just waiting for more to happen, for the bloodlines to come alive and for readers to discover who is left, you know? I expected more from this story. Meh. Watch this novel fool me. 

Sky Key quickly revolved around the actual key itself. A group found it, and honestly, nothing much happened after that. I, as a reader, expected more to actually come out of this story and hit me... in the feels. The writing style is so bizarre, mysterious and irregular compared to other dystopians that I just cannot function anymore. I ADORED THAT PART. I also need the final novel, just like the endless amount of other fans like myself. *cries of happiness*

Do you like novels that are written with multiple perspectives and/or written bizarrely? Does this series interest you?

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