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Invitation To the Game (90 Edition)


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ISBN13: 9780671866921
ISBN10: 0671866923
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A chilling account of life in 2154, when most jobs are done by machines. Lisse and her friends are unemployable after graduation, but the government gives them an abandoned warehouse in a bleak neighborhood to live in. Anxious to escape their dreary lives, the friends embrace "The Game", which takes them to paradise. But is this world real or only a computer simulation?

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Saja, April 11, 2012 (view all comments by Saja)
This novel starts off slowly in a dystopian future in which technology has taken over most of the jobs. Chronic unemployment means that graduation isn't a time of celebration for the characters in the book--offering a somewhat topical connection to our own headlines of a recession of unemployment and underemployment. The characters are thrown into a world in which life is either about survival or escaping life. An invitation to the game motivates them to move their lives forward. It's a very light weight version of The Hunger Games with a hopeful ending. It also begs the question of what motivates us and inspires us in a chaotic, discouraging world. There isn't absolute brutality (as in the Hunger Games) nor fight to the death, though there are a couple of shady characters which one could infer commit crimes and do drugs--there's little else. I thought well enough of it to share it with a middle school group of readers who will be creating a game of their own.
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Steadman, Broeck
Steadman, Broeck
Hughes, Monica
Simon Pulse
New York :
Children's fiction
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Science fiction
Fantasy & Magic
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Series Volume:
v. 26
Publication Date:
June 1993
Grade Level:
Young adult
7.62 x 5.12 in 4.69 oz
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