A Mere Formality
Book InfoKindle Edition, 368 pagesExpected publication: February 4th 2014 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published January 1st 2013)
series HP Pettersson #3
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The stunning conclusion to the groundbreaking Scandinavian crime trilogy featuring a deadly game that blurs reality and fiction in a world obsessed with social media. It’s the middle of summer and Stockholm is preparing for the wedding of a beloved Swedish princess. Trying to move on with his life after the end of The Game, HP is still struggling to find his way when he receives an anonymous text message asking if he’d like back in. HP knows his participation has already put himself and his sister in danger and he’d like to ignore the text, but he also realizes he doesn’t know who to trust. HP tried to stay hidden and on the run, but he can’t escape the Game Master. Hoping to uncover the truth behind The Game and free himself from the Game Master’s control forever, HP decides to accept one more assignment.
Rebecca’s life has changed dramatically as a result of her brother’s involvement in The Game and she, too, is trying to move on and find the truth. And now she’s determined to uncover the connection between her late father’s past and her brother’s current predicament. But will Rebecca’s investigation into the past cost her the future? Taking action, HP hunts down a man he believes might be the Game Master himself. With a band of fellow former Game players, they infiltrate the Fortress in order to collect information that could be the Game’s undoing. But is he strong enough to take down The Game? And can he trust his fellow gamers?
A fast-paced, technological thriller that concludes the story that began in Game and Buzz, Bubble will have readers gasping for breath during the final showdown between HP and the Game Master.
In this final book of the trilogy [b:Bubble: A Thriller|17225566|Bubble A Thriller|Anders de la Motte|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1390167869s/17225566.jpg|24749071]focuses our attention once more on HP, the slacker whose inability to perform as a productive member of society has led him to his participation in the game that he now wishes he had never heard of!
As a main character HP is not one that inspires the reader to wholeheartedly cheer for the success of, he is a product of a culture in society whose lack of initiative and personal discipline leads one to actually be somewhat inclined to say that he has earned whatever punishment comes his way. However the fact is that the alternating story lines that are told from first his point of view and than that of his sister Rebecca do make for interesting contrasts in how two siblings could be so unlike each other in both their actions and reactions to events in the past that molded them into the person they have become.
This is a tale that outlines how easy it would be to formulate and execute conspiracies using the technology of todays world in a way that is both brilliant and corrupting.
The mastermind is finally revealed, the past and present have united and all is now explained, the game is over or is it really?
My advice would be to read the entire trilogy because none of the books are stand alone stories but rather they build upon one another from book to book.
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]