Thursday, October 25, 2018

Game ( Jasper Dent #2) by Barry Lyga

Image result for game by barry lygaAge Range: YA
Pages: 520
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Publication Date: 16 April 2013
Genre: YA/Thriller/ Murder Mystery

Rating: 5

The second book in this thrilling, terrifying series by New York Times bestselling author Barry Lyga is perfect for fans of Dexter.

Billy grinned. "Oh, New York," he whispered. "We're gonna have so much fun." 

I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jazz, the son of history's most infamous serial killer, Billy Dent.

In an effort to prove murder didn't run in the family, Jazz teamed with the police in the small town of Lobo's Nod to solve a deadly case. And now, when a determined New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz's door asking for help, he can't say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple—and its police force—running scared. So Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer's murderous game.

Both the stakes and the body count are higher in this suspenseful and unstoppable sequel from acclaimed author Barry Lyga.

My Thoughts:

This book picks up shortly after the events of I Hunt Killers, and I'll be honest I wasn't sure what direction the book would go, but boy was I excited and this book didn't disappoint.  Barry Lyga always manages to create such gruesome and amazingly crafted stories.  This book was no exception, it was well researched and had impeccable execution. Most importantly, I found myself constantly on the edge of my seat. I was so engrossed I couldn't put the book down.

The idea of this story remains the same, Jasper is forced to hunt down a killer, this time the killer is in New York.  I will be honest when I realized that a 17-year-old Jasper was going to hunt a killer in New York and that he would have to help the NYPD in order to catch the murderer, I was worried that the book would come off cheesy, but Barry Lyga executed the story well and the story never felt too forced.  The best part of this story was the character arc we start to see with Jazz.  Jazz is still dealing with the brainwashing his father instilled in him as a child, but the more the story progressed the more we see Jazz becoming his own person. 

I liked that we got to see more of Connie in this book.  I felt like with the last book she was kind of a background character, she was there but she wasn't as important as Jazz and Howie.  In this book, the reader gets to know her more and see just how much of a bad-ass she is.  I really loved her as a character.  She was such a good rock for Jazz and was so loyal to him.  As for Howie, he remained Jazz's other companion and rock.  I was very happy to see that he remained the lovable goof-ball and that the dark circumstances of the first book did little to change his demeanor. The story just would not be the same without his quips and one-liners.   Characterization is one of Barry Lyga's strong points.  His characters really make the story.  

The plot of this book rivals the first book in terms of how fast-paced and engaging it was.  From the verify beginning I was hooked.  I had to know what would happen to Jazz and I had to know who the killer was.  I never saw the end coming.  All I can say is HOLY CLIFFHANGER!  I need to get my hands on the next book or audiobook so I can find out what is in store for Jazz and his friends.  

My Thoughts on the Audiobook: 

This audiobook had the same narrator as the first book.  I was really happy about this, as I really enjoyed his narration in the first book.  The narrator, Charlie Thurston, does such a great job giving the characters different voices.  They are never overdone or unbelievable, and the voices of the murderers are beyond creepy, I don't think they could have chosen a better narrator. 

More than just the narrator himself, this story is almost meant to be read via audiobook.  The audiobook version really lets the reader immerse themselves in the world, and actually hearing the voices of the murderers really solidifies the creepiness of the book. If given the choice  I definitly recommend givine the audiobook a shot.  

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