Invitation to the Game Author:Monica Hughes Grade 6-9 - It is the year 2154. Unemployment is rife, many workers having been replaced by robots, and teenagers, as they graduate from school, are either assigned jobs or an unemployed status. Lisse and seven of her classmates are relegated to a DA (Designated Area) for unemployment together. As they begin to explore the area, they hear about ... more »something called The Game, and eventually receive an invitation to participate.
By computer simulation, they experience life in an unfamiliar, wild setting. After several sessions, the game intensifies. Several days into a particularly difficult situation, they realize it is no longer a game, but reality, and when, gazing at the night sky, they see no familiar constellations, they know they are no longer on Earth.
The future Hughes creates is a logical extension of the disasters of the present day. The characters are likable individuals, each with traits or skills that complement the others. As they grow in ability to work cooperatively, readers will easily accept their selection to populate a new planet. Life there is primitive, but they succeed in making not only useful, but also beautiful necessities of daily life; there are many satisfactions for these latter-day Robinson Crusoes.
This is both a first-rate adventure/survival story and a cautionary tale.« less
read thsi book in middle school and never forgot it. Can't belive I found it without remembering the title or author, just the plot! My memory of it is vague, but it must have been a good read for it to have stuck with me for so long. Can't wait to read it again! Wonder what I will think of it as an adult?
I read this book in middle school and the story has stayed with me. The plot is not complex but I would highly recommend the book for someone who is just starting to read science fiction or younger readers.
Interesting story; well written. One could wish that the internal conflicts and issues weren't solved so neatly and easily - the story almost makes being taken from your parents at an early age, scavaging for survival, and being stranded on an uninhabited planet seem fun. The story deserves more complexity, and it (and the author who wrote it) is more than capable of giving it. But still an interesting story and a good read, and one that has stuck with me since I read it in middle school.