Thursday 11 February 2021

Book Review: Game Changer by Neal Shusterman

Game Changer by Neal Shusterman book cover

AD* | All it takes is one hit on the football field, and suddenly Ash’s life doesn’t look quite the way he remembers it.

Impossible though it seems, he’s been hit into another dimension - and keeps on falling into universes that are almost-but-not-really his own, each one stranger than the last.

And if he isn’t careful, the world he’s learning to see more clearly could blink out of existence...

Unpredictable and unexpected, Game Changer is the latest Young Adult novel from bestselling author Neal Shusterman.

The story follows Ash, a high school American football player whose all-American life certainly takes a turn for the weirder. With just one explosive tackle, Ash is propelled headfirst into an alternate reality. Suddenly faced with the unknown and with the fate of the whole world resting on his shoulders, Ash has a big challenge ahead if he wants to make it back to his original world.

Featuring elements of sci-fi and fantasy as well as typical YA themes such as a journey of self-discovery, this is a book that really does have it all. The author also openly tackles some of the biggest issues we are facing today, including racism, classism, misogyny, and domestic abuse. These topics are not sugarcoated nor avoided; instead, they are integral to the plot and leave you with plenty to think about.

This is a story with a big concept and plenty of social criticism. Shusterman takes the classic 'what if' scenario and in each AU, applies it to various different things we all take for granted. This results in a compulsive read and a highly compelling plot. Lots of big topics and difficult issues are referenced in a short space of time and it feels as though this could have been expanded to a series, allowing Ash to explore each alternate world in greater detail. All in all, it's layered and nuanced, but also very readable.

The book is also exceptionally well written, with highly engaging prose and the author's trademark style shining through from start to finish. This is one of those unputdownable stories that could easily be read in a single sitting. It's immersive, exciting, and full of surprises!

Packed full of twists and turns and nail-biting right to the very last, Game Changer is another five-star read from Neal Shusterman.

Rating: 5 stars

Game Changer is available to buy now

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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