24 April, 2017

#BookReview :: The Challenge by Tom Hoyle

Ben's been grieving for his best friend, Will, who suddenly disappeared from their tiny village a year ago. But when twins Sam and Jack begin at the school, things start to look up. Cool, good-looking and popular, they draw Ben into their world and introduce him to The Challenge. What first appears to be a fun internet game quickly turns sinister as Ben's tasks become wilder and more dangerous, starting to raise questions over Will's disappearance. But once you're involved with The Challenge, it's very hard to get out ...

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Sam and Jack are twins. They are also cool and popular almost instantly when they join Ben’s school. They kind of take Ben under their wings making life feel different for the better. Almost good enough to make Ben think much less about his friend Will’s disappearance. It is Sam and Jack who introduce him to ‘The Challenge’, an online game. Ben takes to it immediately as it seems like a fun and harmless game. But things soon turn dangerous… The game is more than it seems at a glance. What will happen to Ben and what has happened to Will? Will the book give you the answers? Well, read it to find out.

Ben is an interesting character. Like more adolescents, Ben has his share of flaws but, his strength of character not only pulls him through but also, in a way, pulls the story through. It takes some time to really know and understand Ben, but once you do, it is quite easy to warm up to him. The book also has other character who add to the story. They are varied and interesting. As for the plot, it intrigued me right from the moment I read the blurb of the story. It does have a few twists to offer to its readers. It takes a while for the plot to really take off, but once it does - the book is sprinkled with action and drama to keep the readers engaged.

The author has kept his language and narrative simple and so this book might appeal to much younger (teens) audience along with the not so young crowd like me. It is a complete entertainer that will make it difficult for you to put the book down.

 Review Copy received from Pan Macmillan India

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