This is a twisted and disturbing new book from one of my favourite authors.
Although it has a very exciting plot-line, I found it grim and overly violent, even compared to some of his other work. A girl named Mara wakes up in an almost deserted landscape, remembering nothing but her name. Then she meets The Messenger. Bad people get offered a choice: play or pay. Playing is is winning and leaving or losing and suffering your worst fear.
The world is full of evil, The Messenger balances the good and the evil, but what has Mara got to do with any of this? It began with Samantha Early.
This is an extremely sad and gripping book that I could not put down, and would of given it 10/10 if it weren’t for the cruelty and violence. Mara’s character changes a lot during her time with Messenger and I felt all of her emotions, the worry, sadness, fear. It was very well written and the story was excellent and I hope there will be a second one. I do recommend teenagers to read it, but be warned!