[[ eBook ]] The Traitor GameAuthor B.R. Collins – 91videos.co

Michael And Francis Are Best Friends At School, Drawn Together By Their Common Secret A Complete Obsession With Creating, Crafting, Adding To And Poring Over Their Joint Fantasy World, Evgard


10 thoughts on “The Traitor Game

  1. says:

    Cross posted at Outlaw Reviews and at Shelf InflictedAfter enduring bullying at his old school, Michael Thompson gets a fresh start at St Anselm s His mother introduces him to Francis Harris and the boys become fast friends They have lots in common Both are outsiders, don t make friends easily, and share a common fantasy world called Evgard The boys meet every weekend, spending long hours crafting detailed maps and working out Evgard s history Trouble starts when Evgard s secret is out and Cross posted at Outlaw Reviews and at Shelf InflictedAfter enduring bullying at his old school, Michael Thompson gets a fresh start at St Anselm s His mother introduces him to Francis Harris and the boys become fast friends They have lots in common Both are outsiders, don t make friends easily, and share a common fantasy world called Evgard The boys meet every weekend, spending long hours crafting detailed maps and working out Evgard s history Trouble starts when Evgard s secret is out and Michael believes Francis is responsible Instead of confronting Francis with his suspicions, Michael exacts his own revenge by outing Francis to the school bully, causing a deep rift in their friendship Evgard s characters unfold parallel to the events in Michael s and Francis lives and while I found the fantasy storycompelling, neither story would work very well without the other Michael s low self esteem, self destructive behavior, homophobia, and inability to communicate effectively with his mother and Francis all show how the earlier bullying incidents have affected his life The characters were believable and the dialogue and thoughts felt authentic, but I had a difficult time caring much for them, especially Michael Though the story is well written and complex, it took me a couple of weeks to get through it, mostly because Michael annoyed me so much and the pace was rather slow I tired quickly of Michael s hesitant way of communicating and his introspection, particularly when I felt that so many problems and misunderstandings could have been avoided if only he spoke up and was honest with those who cared about him


  2. says:

    I would never have read this book if my friend hadn t told me one night that it was the only book to ever make her cry I googled it, mainly to make fun of her for being over emotional instead, I thought it sounded fascinating and the next day, took it out of the library I took the book out at 2.30pm, by 7pm I had finished it, reread a few of my favourite bits and cried several times I can t describe how much this book touched me It made my heart ache and my stomach knot I cried throughout I would never have read this book if my friend hadn t told me one night that it was the only book to ever make her cry I googled it, mainly to make fun of her for being over emotional instead, I thought it sounded fascinating and the next day, took it out of the library I took the book out at 2.30pm, by 7pm I had finished it, reread a few of my favourite bits and cried several times I can t describe how much this book touched me It made my heart ache and my stomach knot I cried throughout the book, at moments I felt were significant for me I m going to buy this book, because I know without a doubt it will be one of the books I reread over and over, and eventually make my own children read.Its so well written and poignant The parallels between Columan and Argent Michael and Francis were perfect, and I adored both of their friendships and the feelings they had towards each other and Evgard I will never forget this book I can t recommend it enough


  3. says:

    Its narrative splits between the real life friendship of two private school boys and the Game of Thrones esq fantasy world that they create together When one boy believes the other has betrayed the secret of their private imaginary realm it begins the deeply painful destruction of their friendship The story is a little like a boy boy version of Heavenly Creatures with an intense friendship formed over the creation of a fantasy world I cried several times reading this because it s heartbreak Its narrative splits between the real life friendship of two private school boys and the Game of Thrones esq fantasy world that they create together When one boy believes the other has betrayed the secret of their private imaginary realm it begins the deeply painful destruction of their friendship The story is a little like a boy boy version of Heavenly Creatures with an intense friendship formed over the creation of a fantasy world I cried several times reading this because it s heartbreaking watching these characters making all the wrong choices, yet still understanding their motivations and still hoping for some kind of redemption even when it seems impossible Michael Francis are my personal definition of a fascinating relationship Even though you sense the impending tragedy you still root for a happy ending somehow


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    Best friends Michael and Francis share a secret, an elaborately crafted fantasy world named Evgard that they have created together Then somebody finds out about Evgard, and Michael is convinced that Francis must have betrayed their secret so he betrays Francis in return, setting the school bully on him with a lie that turns out not to be a lie, shattering their friendship.Having two distinctly separate stories, one in the real world and one in the fantasy realm of Evgard, was an intriguing co Best friends Michael and Francis share a secret, an elaborately crafted fantasy world named Evgard that they have created together Then somebody finds out about Evgard, and Michael is convinced that Francis must have betrayed their secret so he betrays Francis in return, setting the school bully on him with a lie that turns out not to be a lie, shattering their friendship.Having two distinctly separate stories, one in the real world and one in the fantasy realm of Evgard, was an intriguing concept I really liked The main problem I had with the book is that we spend all of the part set in our world in Michael s head, and that s not a particularly nice place to be Once himself the victim of bullies, he s now at one point actually encouraging the bully to go after his supposed best friend, he leaps to conclusions based on assumptions, is incapable of effectively communicating with anyone, and there s a lot of homophobia floating around his head that comes out in very ugly ways


  5. says:

    Intense Severely bullied at his old school, Michael s transferred to a new school, where he s shared his main escape with his only friend, Francis an imaginary world called Evgard When Michael believes Francis has been deceiving him and using his confidences to mock him to other kids, he makes a counter betrayal in turn one that s especially dangerous for Francis.This brilliantly evoked Michael s state of mind, the paranoia and mistrust and the denial of damage, making himself not feel a Intense Severely bullied at his old school, Michael s transferred to a new school, where he s shared his main escape with his only friend, Francis an imaginary world called Evgard When Michael believes Francis has been deceiving him and using his confidences to mock him to other kids, he makes a counter betrayal in turn one that s especially dangerous for Francis.This brilliantly evoked Michael s state of mind, the paranoia and mistrust and the denial of damage, making himself not feel anything so he couldn t feel humiliation or pain And it s not heroic, it s bitter Michael sees a kid being bullied and thinks the best he can do is turn away so the kid doesn t have a witness so Michael doesn t have to be reminded , and Francis steps in, unafraid, and Michael thinks it s just because he doesn t know what he has to be afraid of The survival tactics of silence and pride The inarticulateness you can t speak when you push all of yourself down The unconscious homophobia, too even when Francis points it out, Michael doesn t get it, he s self centered with the self centeredness of the suffering, he can t see most of the suffering he inflicts Michael is not really a nice guy, even though he doesn t intend most of the damage he does.And the fantasy world of Evgard reflects the main action, sometimes subtly and sometimes directly, but never in a clunky way Those chapters in themselves make a really good fantasy historical novel in the vein of Rosemary Sutcliff I had expected to like them best when I started, I love shared fantasy worlds in novels, but in fact I was slightlyinterested in them as reflections of the main narrative than I was in them as narrative in itself but only slightly The mixture of Michael and Francis the unconscious privilege and the real kindness that shape both Francis and Columen are brilliantly done, and what the whole story implies about what Francis and Michael notice consciously or unconsciously about each other, wow A lot of reviewers mentioned that Michael s inability to ask or say the obvious things was implausible, and that his endless angst got on their nerves For most of the book, I disagreed I mean, yes, it wore on me a little, but it felt like a very real very familiar mindset, where you can t see an out and you end up just burying yourself in it, when you get self destructive just because you are so used to people trying to destroy you Then about three quarters of the way through, there was a conversation where well, for once I felt like the natural thing for Michael to do would be to shout out what he meant, instead of stammering and avoiding it I could really feel the plot contrivance there But it doesn t destroy the emotional power and the thoughtfulness of the book.This seems to have done well in the UK, but sunk like a stone in the US no paperback edition, no publication of the author s later books I am going to have to try to scarf up the rest of Collins books used, or see if UK bookstores will sell me ebooks This was one of the two books GR Recommendations suggested that I hadn t already read or already decided to read or already decided not to read in fact, I don t think I d heard of the book before Well done, GR Recommendations


  6. says:

    OH MY GOD THIS BOOK IS BEYOND AMAZING This book made me laugh, cry, swoon and scream I loved every word, sentence, paragraph and chapter To be honest, when I first began reading it I thought I was going to DNF because of how different this book was in terms of style of writing, genre and narration As I continued reading my eyes were glued to the book, my emotions were everywhere and I think I fell in love with the charactersThe Traitor Gameis absolutely heartbreaking when it came t OH MY GOD THIS BOOK IS BEYOND AMAZING This book made me laugh, cry, swoon and scream I loved every word, sentence, paragraph and chapter To be honest, when I first began reading it I thought I was going to DNF because of how different this book was in terms of style of writing, genre and narration As I continued reading my eyes were glued to the book, my emotions were everywhere and I think I fell in love with the charactersThe Traitor Gameis absolutely heartbreaking when it came to reading about the bullying The abuse of power of the bully and the helplessness of the victim, it was completely shattering At moments, I found myself begging the bully not to hurt the characters and had tears in my eyes I wasthan happy and honoured to join theAnti bullying week readathonwhen I first heard of it, but I m beyond glad I did join because I wouldn t have thought of reading this book even if I stumbled across it I m high on euphoria


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    Apart from the writing style often written in sort of a common British way which I found slightly irritating at times, I thoroughly enjoyed this book A lotthan I expected to.The use of an LGBT character was so well done and I also enjoyed reading about a character suffering from mental illness explained how it really is absolutely awful, instead of sugarcoating or romanticizing it like a lot of books do.The only thing apart from the writing style I disliked a bit is that there is rea Apart from the writing style often written in sort of a common British way which I found slightly irritating at times, I thoroughly enjoyed this book A lotthan I expected to.The use of an LGBT character was so well done and I also enjoyed reading about a character suffering from mental illness explained how it really is absolutely awful, instead of sugarcoating or romanticizing it like a lot of books do.The only thing apart from the writing style I disliked a bit is that there is really no description of Michael, the main character I felt I couldn t imagine what he was like so there was maybe a slight lack of character development for my liking


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here It really wasn t the best book in the world The only part in the book that I actually was thinking , what s going to happen next was when Michael let himself drift into Evgard the fantasy part of it There s also a lot of language that I didn t think was necessary.


  9. says:

    Traitor Games might have beena wrong book at the wrong time for me than anything else.Set in England at some private school, the two main characters were students Young ish, I d guess around fifth grade level in American school terms One of them had been bullied badly in a previous school, the other was from a poor family Thanks to one of the mothers pushing the two together, they became friends.It was quite a realistic story which was the opposite of what I was wanting to read Af Traitor Games might have beena wrong book at the wrong time for me than anything else.Set in England at some private school, the two main characters were students Young ish, I d guess around fifth grade level in American school terms One of them had been bullied badly in a previous school, the other was from a poor family Thanks to one of the mothers pushing the two together, they became friends.It was quite a realistic story which was the opposite of what I was wanting to read After the Wolf s own series, I wantedof the same While one of the two main characters the bullied one was gay, it wasof a please please don t let anyone find out thing than anything else.The writing was fine, but it just wasn t pleasant at all spending time in the bullied kid s head that he was the main character made that an issue.Gave up at the 13% point


  10. says:

    This is the second YA book I ve read in a row where the main character makes some terrible mistakes because of their own low self esteem Unlike Ketchup Clouds, in this story it s completely justified by Michael s past history It s natural though horrible that he would assume the worst when anything questionable happens, natural that he cannot talk about it or ask what s going on, and even that he would hit back as hard as he does against his only friend Not forgiveable, perhaps, but under This is the second YA book I ve read in a row where the main character makes some terrible mistakes because of their own low self esteem Unlike Ketchup Clouds, in this story it s completely justified by Michael s past history It s natural though horrible that he would assume the worst when anything questionable happens, natural that he cannot talk about it or ask what s going on, and even that he would hit back as hard as he does against his only friend Not forgiveable, perhaps, but understandable.A very powerful book, and such a painful read It kept me awake one night worrying about the characters and trying to work out how they might possibly be OK at the end, because it seemed impossible After that I had to read the rest all in one go If you think you cannot bear it around the half way mark, it may be some comfort to know it doesn t get any worse from there, although there are no easy answers I won t give away any