It’s been four months since he was dragged into the Alternative Reality Game that nearly cost him his life, and HP is still on the run. He has everything he ever wished for—freedom, money, and no responsibilities, but he still isn’t happy. Plagued by insomnia and paranoia, HP misses the rush and attention of The Game. Sometimes he almost wishes the Game Master would find him.
In Dubai, HP meets Anna Argos, a sophisticated and beautiful Swedish IT millionaire. When she disappears, HP is questioned by the police. Fearing he has been found by The Game, HP returns to Sweden after being released from custody. Determined to uncover the truth about Anna’s disappearance, HP uses a fake identity to apply for a job at ArgosEye, the company Anna worked for. In the business of online information management, ArgosEye is involved in some questionable practices, under the control of Anna’s husband, the CEO Philip Argos.
Meanwhile, HP’s sister Rebecca has started dating Philip Argos. When she unknowingly reveals her brother’s real identity to Philip, the police try to bring HP in for questioning again. On the run again, HP refuses to give up and tries to uncover what is really happening at ArgosEye. Before he can find the truth, HP is stopped in his tracks. Thinking he’s about to be thrown in prison, HP is taken to the outskirts of the city and left in the woods, where an elderly man hands him a piece of paper. HP believes the game is over, but is it really just beginning?
Hey! Did everyone have a great time watching the Super Bowl? I know I did. Here’s a series that provides just as much thrill and obsession. :)
So I accidently got emailed the wrong widget for the second book in this series, so I just got a copy of one of my friend’s ARCs when I mentioned it when we met. I wasn’t exactly psyched to get the next copy in the series because I hadn’t absolutely loved Game, no matter how cool the cover was.
Still, I decided to give BUZZ a chance because of how much I had loved GAME at certain points in the book, how smoothly the writing had seemed to go.
If you are like me and you read GAME and you don’t like it, I highly suggest you just get a sample or a preview of BUZZ, because both BUZZ and BUBBLE are significantly better than GAME, in my opinion. GAME, I think, was brutal–but laid down the framework for the next two in the trilogy. BUZZ and BUBBLE were much more elegantly put together. True thrillers. I was really impressed with Anders de la Motte’s writing in these two books, and I really liked the plotlines of the two stories.
I felt like the characters that HP met in these two books really brought a lot more to the series and made it more than it was in the first book, no matter who they were. From Anna to Phillip, everyone started bringing a lot of meaning to these books for me.
And those themes. Just like in Iron Man 3, I appreciated that Motte brought back the paranoia and the aftermath of the game with HP. That was the highlight of the beginning for BUZZ, and I really liked the way that it affected the book later on.
Overall, I think that the rest of the series got a lot better. I’ve reread BUBBLE several times now, and I find that I like it even more every time I read it. I haven’t had the chance to reread BUZZ more than three times, but I still think that I like. I think I like BUBBLE the most in this series though, and I think that’s what counts. I loved the strong ending to these books and I felt satisfied when I closed BUBBLE for the first time. 4.5 stars.
pg count for BUZZ: 394
Series: HP Petterson
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