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. Volume XXI Number 24 . . . . February 27, 2015
Once again, Eve Silver takes her readers into the shadowy world of the Committee and the Game in this third volume of “The Game” trilogy. However, there are changes in Miki’s world. Something seems to be wrong with the Game. Miki and her team are pulled into missions more often, and she can never shake the feeling that someone, somehow, is always watching her. It may seem extreme, but Miki begins to sense she can never leave The Game, regardless of how many points she may score. The only sure way to get out is simply to die, and that isn’t an option. Meanwhile, the stress in Miki’s real life continues as her dad and her best friend Carly are still in hospital after their car accident. Her dad seems to make some improvements, but Carly remains in a coma. Miki cannot help but wonder if somehow she could have prevented it all from happening.
Silver’s dystopian world of time travel and mind melds continues, but, if anything, she ramps up the action in this third volume. The worlds of the Game collide, crash as per the title, and then seem to collapse, and, even in this bizarre environment, nothing is as it used to be. The scene of Miki, Jackson and the rest of the team attempting to cross a suspension bridge while under fire from the Drau is just one of the times readers will be on the edge of their seats. Jackson and Miki can often speak with only their minds, and they realize how dangerous it would be to allow The Committee access to their thoughts. By the end of the book, they realize that this ability to communicate only with ideas can be extended to the other teams involved in The Game, and Miki and Jackson make good use of this gift in the final climactic scenes.
As a main character, Miki grows stronger and braver throughout the series. Not only does she understand herself and her motivations better, but she has more empathy and understanding for those around her as well. This gradual change shows not only in Miki’s involvement with her team and fighting with the Drau but also in her relationship with Jackson. Like any good couple, each one has personal assets, and the sharing of them makes both people better and stronger.
Thematically, Silver presents an interesting look at the entire question of how differences can be settled among groups of people. Who truly is the enemy? And who has convinced us that we actually have an enemy whom we need to fight? The Drau are not what they seem nor is the Committee, and all of the hints about them from the last books finally come together and make sense in this final volume. Silver brings the Game world and the real world full circle in a finale that is interesting, exciting and satisfying.
Ann Ketcheson, a retired teacher-librarian and high school teacher of English and French, lives in Ottawa, ON.
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