I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.
(Finished Reading: 17/01/18
My 6th book this year)
Seven contestants have been chosen from different realms, each with their own chosen warrior to represent their species. All of them have been teleported to the great library in New York, on Earth. An electrical forcefield has been set up around the perimeters to keep contestants in and everyone else out. The contest is to the death. Only one possible winner, the only one to survive through brute force, violence, stealth or intelligence, whatever it takes, the remaining survivor is the champion of this contest.
Dr Swain has been chosen to represent Earth but he has absolutely no idea what has just happened. One minute he is at home, the next he has teleported into the labyrinth and become a contender, with his young daughter still held in his arms.
He must find a way to save his daughter, save himself and be rid of all the other contestants. His only way back to safety and out of this terrifying game of death.
What a surprise of a book. I had no idea it was going to be packed with such violence, terrifying creatures, speed, shocking turns and be thrown in the deep end of all this trauma.
For those who like violence and other lifeforms, I guess this would be a 5 star read. I have never enjoyed reading about aliens but this book somehow captured my mind. I couldn’t stop reading but at the same time I felt immensely frustrated at the creature descriptions and somewhat lack of creativity. Some were based on possible mutated forms of Earth’s existing life forms which was a bit disappointing. I was hoping for more variety and maybe special abilities and weaknesses.
This book is definitely action packed and written for a high speed read. Every page has something big either about to happen or is already happening. I guess it is a more serious version of “Hunger games” yet more creative than “Battle Royale”. Lots of blood, guts and traumatic scenes. I never thought I would even remotely enjoy a book like this and somehow I have been taken in by Matthew Reilly. I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy action, violence and other life forms. I would also like to try some of this authors other books sometime in the future.
Written by Ling Lee (17/01/18).