The Games The Games

The Games

    • 4.2 • 130 Ratings
    • $9.99
    • $9.99

Publisher Description

Jurassic Park meets The Hunger Games in this stunning new high-energy, high-concept tale from first-time novelist Ted Kosmatka, a Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist.
 
Brilliant geneticist Silas Williams oversees U.S. selections for the Olympic Gladiator competition, an internationally sanctioned bloodsport with only one rule: No entrants may possess human DNA. Desperate to maintain America’s edge in the upcoming Games, Silas’s superior engages an experimental supercomputer to design the ultimate, unbeatable combatant. The result is a highly specialized killing machine, its genome never before seen on earth. But even a genius like Silas cannot anticipate the consequences of allowing a computer’s cold logic to play God. Growing swiftly, the mutant gladiator demonstrates preternatural strength, speed, and—most chillingly—intelligence. And before hell breaks loose, Silas and beautiful xenobiologist Vidonia João must race to understand what unbound science has wrought—even as their professional curiosity gives way to a most unexpected emotion: sheer terror.
 
“Blends the best of Crichton and Koontz.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Outstanding . . . very like something Michael Crichton might have written . . . [a] bold mix of horror and SF . . . Expect big things from [Ted] Kosmatka.”—Booklist (starred review)
 
“Kosmatka successfully captures the thrill of groundbreaking technology. . . . The pleasure of his polished, action-packed storytelling is deepened by strong character development. This near-future SF thriller . . . seems destined for the big screen.”—Library Journal (starred review)

GENRE
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
RELEASED
2012
March 13
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
368
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Worlds
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
7.6
MB

Customer Reviews

us3r1d ,

pretty darn good

How is this not an absolutely terrifying movie by now?

Chef_Ninja ,

Almost too smart

If your not a geneticist or a scientist, it is hard to follow in the beginning an at some parts. A lot talk about genetics and computers and stuff that made me feel almost dumb. But weather through it, overall, a phenomenal read that makes you think about our next step in evolution.

MusicwithK9s ,

A fighting future

A fun and interesting read about how our obsession with sports, reality shows and Olympic fervor can grow out of control in the future as we play god with GMOs (genetically modified organisms-it's not just for food anymore) to a Frankensteinian extent. I particularly liked how the author humanized the geneticists, showing that smart people make bad choices, too, that they regret and try to rectify.

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