The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository
Who will be left after lights out?
At Cate’s isolated boarding school, Killer is more than a game- it’s an elite secret society. Members must avoid being “Killed” during a series of thrilling pranks, and only the Game Master knows who the “Killer” is. When Cate’s finally invited to join the Assassins’ Guild, she know it’s her ticket to finally feeling like she belongs.
But when the game becomes all too real, the school threatens to shut it down. Cate will do anything to keep playing and save the Guild. But can she find the real assassin before she’s the next target?
* Received an ARC from Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley for a honest review *
It is about 4:00 a.m. when they come for me.
COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 PLOT 🌟🌟
CHARACTERS 🌟🌟 ROMANCE 🌟
WRITING 🌟🌟🌟 THRILLS 🌟
I have never been so disappointed then I am with The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay. But this is the good section, so I will talk about the very few good portions of the book here.
I’ll start off with the cover. The cover is what drew me into the book in the first place. The girl standing there with a mask on is really creepy! It reminds of The Purge movies. Then the title caught my attention. It is the name of the game I used to play with all my friends at night. So if The Assassin Game has anything going for it, it would be the cover and title!
Finally there was the synopsis. It explained the game I used to play perfectly but on a larger scale. Instead of just sitting around in a room, this game is played with pranks and public “kills.” Things begin to get all too real, which led me to believe the players actually start to die and Cate our main protagonist must try to find the real assassin and avoid being the next target herself. I was totally on board with this. But that is where all the good portions end. All the good portions are before you actually read the book.
***At this point, there will be SPOILERS ***
Now we have the bad portions to talk about. So buckle up, it might be a bumpy ride from here.
There was nothing thrilling about The Assassin Game at all. To be honest I was actually bored 75% of the time reading it. The synopsis I found to be really misleading. When it says “when the game becomes all too real,” that lead me to believe that the players are actually going to die. But guess what? None of them do. Not a single player dies. One gets anaphylactic shock, and another gets poisoned. BORING.
The characters were all sub-par. Cate as the main protagonist didn’t really bring anything substantial to the table. I found her drab and unlikable. Vaughan the mysterious new member of the guild and Cate’s childhood best friend was creepy at most parts, but also unlikable. And don’t get me started on the side characters: Daniel, Marcia, Alex, and Rick. Their personalities and dialogue are completely off. I don’t think they were completely fleshed out.
McKay’s writing didn’t make up for the rotten plot, but it didn’t bomb the book either. But sadly enough, nothing about it thrilled me. For a mystery thriller, the writing should be able to keep you on your toes and to expect the unexpected. But sadly, I found myself skimming over parts and dreading the “mystery” of it all.
The romance between the two characters was off as well. I felt the romance was completely unnecessary, especially to the level the author took the relationship. I felt like it was just thrown into the story just to motivate the characters to save each other in the end, not to further or deepen the plot in any way.
Finally we have the most disappointing portion of all, the ending climax. We find out who the “killer” actually is, and to say I was not shocked is an understatement. At this point of the story, the 95% mark, I was just reading to finally be done with it all. I didn’t care anymore. The big reveal did nothing for me, and I found the “killer’s” motive to be completely superficial and dumb. I was pretty pissed to be honest. But then it ends, trying to tie up all the loose knots. Boring, boring, boring.
Ugh, the disappointment is real with this one. Let me know what you guys thought of The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay! I would love to hear your opinions as well!
Until next time,
Kirsty McKay is the author of Undead and Unfed, two wickedly funny zombie-comedies for teens. Now a full-time writer, Kirsty originally started out as an actress. She went on to write for the theater and has written extensively for commercial theater both in the UK and North America. Kirsty was born in the north-east of England, but currently lives with her husband and small daughter in the United States.
Her new novel Killer Game was published in July 2015.