Kristy McKay writes a thrilling and interesting novel, The Assassin Game. Cate, an outcast in her remote boarding school community never found a group of friends that she truly connected with. At every start of the new school year a secret society of “Killers” is chosen to partake in the life changing, dangerous, and sneaky game of “Killer”. Students could only dream of being chosen to ride the roller-coaster that is The Game. For several weeks, the chosen ones are expected to sleep with one eye open, knowing their vulnerability. For the killer in The Game, students are expected to plan and execute humiliating and complex pranks, subsequently “Killing” the remaining chosen ones. Alex, a former fling of Cate’s, is this year's Game Leader, and he is determined to make The Game unforgettable. The game continues as normal for the first few weeks, until a series of traumatizing and life threatening attacks happen across campus. The chosen ones embark on a journey to uncover the true killer, who isn’t even involved in the game.
The Assassin Game is written in the present, which is mentioned throughout the story as it revolves around a secret social networking site that the game players use over the course of the novel. The book is completely fictional, therefore no historical background of the area is needed in order to better understand the book.
Like many books, it is written in the style of a diary, where readers have access to Cate’s feelings and are able to follow her actions. Kristy McKay demonstrates Cate’s feelings through a variety of different ways: action, describing feelings as a personal diary, and using italics to show thinking. I found the italics especially valuable to the reading of the novel, as it provided even more substance.
I really loved The Assassin Game. It was a unique plot line, and I found it especially captivating because it wasn’t in any way mythical. Although far stretched, the possibility of similar events happening is likely. This made me fall into the plot line even more because I was able to relate more to certain events (not all, thankfully), the style of speech, and the personalities of certain characters. I sped through the book, and I deeply wish that it was longer. At times, McKay provided too many hints in the novel to the point where I could easily guess the culprit at the end. I rate the novel a 5 out of 5 stars, and hope that Kristy McKay writes more books with the same quality.
Book Reviewed by Anna Cumming
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