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Endgame: The Complete Fugitive Archives

A companion to the New York Times-bestselling Endgame series, THE COMPLETE FUGITIVE ARCHIVES is a collection of prequel novellas about a forbidden love that threatens Endgame in post-World War II Germany.

The year is 1948, and World War II has just ended. Berlin is a total mess with very few survivors. But one scientist has lived --- one with knowledge of an ancient weapon. When Endgame spies learn about him, Boone, a Cahokian, and Ariadne, a Minoan, are each sent undercover to find the scientist. But when their paths cross, the last thing they expect is to work together. With the lines blurred, the success of their mission --- and the fate of the world --- may be at stake. Because this is Endgame. And only one of them can win.

"The universe Frey has created has greatly expanded and is sure to satisfy Endgame fans and readers....James Frey does an amazing job of writing the three novellas as an add-on to the original Endgame series."

The book’s adventures range from the chaos in a post-World War II setting to the death-defying traps, escapes and trials that bring an “Indiana Jones” feel to the novel. Boone and Ariadne are very unique, especially in this dystopia in which they live; however, their love is most similar to a Romeo and Juliet type of relationship. While most Players are deadly assassins who show little emotion, Boone and Ariadne --- although highly trained --- show compassion in the small areas where it counts; this made the characters more relatable and likable.

THE COMPLETE FUGITIVE ARCHIVESis made up of three volumes: PROJECT BERLIN, THE MOSCOW MEETING and THE BURIED CITIES.

PROJECT BERLIN draws the reader in with a well-written exposition tied into intense battles. The two characters cross paths in a series of suspenseful events where each must discover the truth behind their missions. The dynamic of their relationship begins at first unsteady and frail, but it quickly builds to something more than just a friendship.

THE MOSCOW MEETING was a perfect transition between the beginning and the end. Boone and Ariadne discover more about themselves through each other than ever before as well as the darkness that lies within their family lines. Their tireless search for a mysterious weapon leaves the two to wonder what the Endgame is all for.

Out of the three, THE BURIED CITIES was one I could not put down. Full of sudden deaths, twists and turns, the third volume is one where all barriers are broken --- nobody can be trusted. It is full of action as well as remorse, and both Boone and Ariadne must fight their greatest battles yet. The universe Frey has created has greatly expanded and is sure to satisfy Endgame fans and readers.

I would recommend reading the original trilogy first, because THE COMPLETE FUGITIVE ARCHIVESis more of a spinoff than a complete story of Endgame. It shows the defiance past Players have demonstrated before the Calling through love and betrayal. It also incorporates nonstop action into Boone and Ariadne’s rebellion against tradition. Overall, James Frey does an amazing job of writing the three novellas as an add-on to the original Endgame series.

Reviewed by Jeremy H., Teen Board Member on June 29, 2017

Endgame: The Complete Fugitive Archives
(Endgame #6)
by James Frey