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Zwart krijt af Christopher J. Yates
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Zwart krijt (2013)

af Christopher J. Yates, Nan Lenders

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4452843,944 (3.21)11
One game. Six students. Five survivors. It was only ever meant to be a game. A game of consequences, of silly forfeits, childish dares. A game to be played by six best friends in their first year at Oxford University. But then the game changed: the stakes grew higher and the dares more personal, more humiliating, finally evolving into a vicious struggle with unpredictable and tragic results. Now, fourteen years later, the remaining players must meet again for the final round.… (mere)
Medlem:jankaldenbach
Titel:Zwart krijt
Forfattere:Christopher J. Yates
Andre forfattere:Nan Lenders
Info:Amsterdam Ambo /Anthos cop. 2015
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:***1/2
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Black Chalk af Christopher J. Yates (2013)

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Starts out promising, but just feels like an average thriller by the end. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
This book was a disappointment for me. I was drawn in by the plot summary and excited at the concept of a dark and sinister game, but the game itself is never adequately explained. The consequences of "losing" a round in the game were meant to be increasingly more humiliating and upsetting, but there was no consequence given that would draw much more than a week's worth of gossip in any university environment that I've been in. The shadowy Game Soc is also left to the imagination.

Having been disappointed by the lack of depth in the game itself, perhaps the characters could've helped boost the book's star rating... But no, each character had a voice too similar to the next with very few distinguishing features (Emilia is sensitive, Dee is goth-lite, Jack makes annoying jokes). Almost every male character had unexpectedly aggressive reactions to the strangest things, and no one around them seemed bothered. The unnecessary homophobia every so often was the cherry on top of this poorly structured cake.

There are more things that I disliked, but unlike Black Chalk, I will avoid going on at length about all the boring details. ( )
  nellbailey | Jun 5, 2020 |
*review in the offing* ( )
  ViktorijaB93 | Apr 10, 2020 |
Extremely disappointing. Six friends, freshmen at Oxford, decide to join a secret society called "Game Soc" and play a high-stakes game, wherein one of them could win a lot of money. The rules of the game are never explained, but the loser of each round has to perform a "consequence" designed to humiliate him or her, the idea being that at some point each player will say "enough" and drop out until only one remains. As the game progresses, these acts become more and more disturbing, friendships and reputations are ruined, and the ultimate result is the violent death of one of the players.

The story actually begins 14 years later. Somehow, we are supposed to believe, the game is STILL going on after all this time and years of inactivity. The evil Game Soc has been biding its time. (At least, we think Game Soc must be evil. And wealthy. And powerful. All that is implied but never confirmed.) So after 14 years, the final two players must now finish it. Besides being unbelievable, long stretches of this story were less interesting than watching paint dry.

I kept hoping there would be a last minute bombshell revelation that would cleverly turn the story on it's head, but that was not the case at all - it ended with a silly whimper, not a bang. It's a shame, because this had real potential. The author went to great lengths to construct the mother of all "unreliable narrator" stories. And then did absolutely nothing with it. ( )
  AngeH | Jan 2, 2020 |
Full review to come! ( )
  Floratina | Dec 7, 2019 |
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One game. Six students. Five survivors. It was only ever meant to be a game. A game of consequences, of silly forfeits, childish dares. A game to be played by six best friends in their first year at Oxford University. But then the game changed: the stakes grew higher and the dares more personal, more humiliating, finally evolving into a vicious struggle with unpredictable and tragic results. Now, fourteen years later, the remaining players must meet again for the final round.

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