It’s always scary when the games we play get too real, and I think McKay did a really good job keeping me on the edge with The Assassin Game.
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?
One thing my friends and I like to do when we attend a convention is actually play the assassin game. You walk around for days together and it provides a little extra oomf to have a friendly competition going. But at Umfraville, the Guild plays Killed, same game different name. Everyone draws a card, whoever draws the one that says killer is, you guessed it, the killer, and must go around “killing” fellow students until they are all gone or the killer gets caught. It is fun, when people aren’t actually factually dying.
Cate’s childhood friend suddenly showed up in the middle and was immediately initiated into the Guild and the game. Which I felt was a bit too sudden. I felt obligated to suspect him and I would have preferred to have suspected someone already in the game and of my own volition.
I felt a little distanced from The Assassin Game‘s inconsistent characters, even though I was invested in the plot and the action. The Assassin Game was a good read and paced well. I recommend you pick it up and give it a try.