The Dying Game: A Novel by Asa Avdic

The Dying Game: A Novel

byAsa Avdic

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A masterly locked-room mystery set in a near-future Orwellian state
The year is 2037. The Soviet Union never fell, and much of Europe has been consolidated under the totalitarian Union of Friendship. On the tiny island of Isola, seven people have been selected to compete in a forty-eight-hour test for a top-secret intelligence position. One of them is Anna Francis, a workaholic bureaucrat with a nine-year-old daughter she rarely sees and a secret that haunts her. Her assignment: to stage her own death and then to observe, from her hiding place inside the walls of the house, how the six other candidates react to the news that a murderer is among them. Who will take control? Who will crack under pressure? But then a storm rolls in, the power goes out, and the real game begins. . . .
Combining suspense, unexpected twists, psychological gamesmanship, and a sinister dystopian future, The Dying Game conjures a world in which one woman is forced to ask, “Can I save my life by staging my death?”

About The Author

Asa Avdic is a journalist who for years was a presenter for Swedish Public Service Radio and Television and is currently a host of Sweden’s biggest morning current events program. She lives with her family in Stockholm, Sweden. The Dying Game is her first novel.
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Title:The Dying Game: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.75 × 5.06 × 0.69 inPublished:August 1, 2017Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143131796

ISBN - 13:9780143131793

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1. The Chairman makes it clear that Anna Francis must either accept the assignment or risk having her actions in Kyzyl Kum investigated. Would she have accepted even without this threat? Why or why not?2. Does Nour love Siri more than she loves Anna? If not, why does she treat them so differently?3. Why does Henry bow out of the Kyzyl Kum project? 4. Anna feels like a failure after returning from Kyzyl Kum, yet the other guests on Isola don’t seem to view her that way. Was this the first inkling you had that Anna might be more respected than she seems to think?5. When they first arrive on the island, the candidates all appear competent and confident in their own abilities. Was their later behavior consistent with your initial impression of them?6. Anna and Katja note Jon’s sexist behavior in waiting for the women to set the table. Have you ever witnessed something similar?7. Which of the candidates impressed you most? Why do you think each was chosen?8. In Anna’s place, would you agree to be “murdered”? What might have happened if she changed her mind before Katja drugged her?9. Were the sexual assignations between Anna and Henry and Jon and Franziska an anticipated part of the Chairman’s plan?10. Is Henry only on Isola because of Anna’s attraction to him? How does he feel about her?11. After Anna finds Katja’s body, whom did you first suspect of foul play?12. While Anna Francis believes her sojourn on Isola was a complete disaster, she passes the Chairman’s test and earns a position with the RAN group. In his eyes, what did she successfully manage to do?13. Did the Chairman deliberately set the Secretary up to take the blame? Or was he simply a convenient fall guy?14. Is Henry really dead? If not, who benefits by pretending he is?15. Is reestablishing a relationship with Siri worth the risks that Anna takes?16. The paradoxically named “Union of Friendship” echoes the language of George Orwell’s 1984. What are some other instances in which Advic echoes the dystopian classic? Are there any other books that The Dying Game echoes or evokes?

Editorial Reviews

“A deliciously creepy novel revolving around a terrific paradigm shift: The job you think you’re doing? That’s not the job you’re really doing.” —Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Expats“Agatha Christie meets George Orwell in journalist Avdic’s unsettling first novel. . . . Avdic not only constructs a fascinating and original plot but makes her imagined reality chillingly plausible.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review“A high-stakes test of survival and betrayal . . . Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None crossed-pollinated with ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ . . . An unsettling portrait of our possible future.” —Kirkus Reviews“An Orwellian debut novel that never lets up . . . A heady mix of And Then There Were None and The Hunger Games [and] a supremely competitive struggle for survival.” —Booklist