Invitation to the Game

Invitation to the Game A chilling account of life in when most jobs are done by machines Lisse and her friends are unemployable after graduation but the government gives them an abandoned warehouse in a bleak neighbo

  • Title: Invitation to the Game
  • Author: Monica Hughes Broeck Steadman
  • ISBN: 9780671866921
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • A chilling account of life in 2154, when most jobs are done by machines Lisse and her friends are unemployable after graduation, but the government gives them an abandoned warehouse in a bleak neighborhood to live in Anxious to escape their dreary lives, the friends embrace The Game, which takes them to paradise But is this world real or only a computer simulation

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      Published :2019-04-26T16:12:15+00:00

    About " Monica Hughes Broeck Steadman "

  • Monica Hughes Broeck Steadman

    Monica Hughes was a very popular writer for young people, and has won numerous prizes Her books have been published in the United States, Poland, Spain, Japan, France, Scandinavia, England, and Germany She has twice received the Canada Council Prize for Children s Literature, and was runner up for the Guardian Award.She is the author of Keeper of the Isis Light, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, which also received a Certificate of Honor from the International Board on Books for Young People Hunter in the Dark, also an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and Sandwriter, among many other titles.

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  • So, when I saw this on the shelves at B & N, I thought it sounded like a mixture of The Running Man(awesome) and The Hunger Games (also awesome) and I had to buy it. Having finished it, I can't say that it is as good as either of those books, but it is definitely enjoyable. This book was originally published in the early nineties and, though the author passed away a few years ago, obviously her publisher didn't want to miss out on the YA dystopia trend. I have to say, though, that this book [...]


  • Review originally written on 7/4/11.For me, Invitation to the Game by Monica Hughes is a classic. I absolutely loved it the first time I read it several years ago, and this time I loved it as well. I actually reviewed this book on a past blog when I read it the first time.I was first introduced to Invitation to the Game by my librarian. I instantly knew it wouldn't be a "regular" teen science fiction novel, because, well, my librarian introduced it to me! This is the librarian that doesn't reall [...]


  • This is the first book in a really long time that I haven't been thrilled with. I picked this up while browsing through the store one day and thought it looked interesting. The book is really short, I assumed it would be a quick and easy read. Realistically it would have been, but it took me forever to get through because I just wasn't interested in it. The only part that I was mildly interested in was the last 40 pages or so, and only because the twist was so far out of left field that I read c [...]


  • This was one of the first books I can ever remember reading and really loving. This book had a huge impact on both my reading habits and my main areas of interest. I fully believe that this book is the reason I love science fiction novels and have a great love for (read: obsession with) the end of the world and post-apocalyptic fiction. Invitation to the Game follows a group of characters who have recently graduated with highly specialized degrees but most of whom are unemployable because of the [...]


  • To say the least I did not enjoy this book. The dialog is forced and cringe worthy, the characters do not develop at all, the plot is predictable and very basic. It takes a lot for me to not like a book but this book definitely did it. The only reason I stuck with it till the end (which, was by all means utterly predictable) was because it was a book read for school and refusing to read school material can do a toll on your grade. The characters are stagnant and don't change over the course of t [...]


  • This book, is absolutely a fantastic read! The writing style is so easy and clear that you flow right through the book and are sucked into it before you even know it! Everything runs so smoothly! It's amazing how well Monica Hughes makes this book run, and I have only the highest compliments for her. It's a short book as well! Under two hundred pages which makes it an even easier task to go through swiftly, but the pace is never rushed, even though you can read it within a few hours if you're a [...]


  • This wasalmostreally good. It felt like a mash-up of 1984, The Running Man, and The Hunger Games, but not quite as good as any of them. Definitely an interesting concept though - and a new one that I wasn't really expecting. But in the end, I felt the book was lacking depth. And where it was lacking depth, I felt that Hughes had made the ending too clean for my taste.


  • In a future dys/utopia, Lisse and her friends have all just graduated from school. But there are too many people and not enough jobs, and they are each left unemployed, on the dole, and at a loss for how to live in a highly regimented society with no place for them. They quickly learn hard lessons about dumpster-diving and squatting, and even faster, they lose interest in the hard-partying lifestyle of their fellow unemployed youths. When the group is invited to play a free virtual reality game, [...]


  • I read the Invitation To The Game by, Monica Hughes. I think this book is wonderful to read,I think it's wonderful because i like books/movies about the future and i wish we had flying cars like in old movies sad 2015 would be like. The main setting is inside the game and in the Designated Area. The main characters are children named Lisse, Scylla, Brad, Rich, Paul, Katie, Alden, Trent, Karen and Benta and robots. The conflict was the robots were doing jobs for the kids and others but the other [...]


  • The book I read was Invitation to the Game the author is Monica Hughes. I really did like the book because there is robots who take all the jobs and so the kids have to survive with a group. There is many settings like there house, the nightlife Barton oaks, and the virtual reality. The main characters are Karen, Benta, Brad, Lisse, Scylla, Charlie, Alden, Katie, Paul, and Rich. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes science fiction I would recommend this book to them because it is a re [...]



  • This holds up surprisingly well! There are times when the worldbuilding is a little weak -- are there still countries in this time? The kids mention Australia, e.g but it also seems like the Government is somehow global -- but it detracts minimally from the story. The other thing that struck me rereading this after over a decade was the pacing. I'd forgotten how these big chunks of time pass. Both the thinness of the worldbuilding and the pacing can easily be put down to this being very much a k [...]



  • (Reread this book as comfort reading because nothing makes me feel more creative and more like I might actually get somewhere with my life than reading this book!)Whenever I read this book, I am reminded of the fact that short summaries, even the back of the book itself, simply do not do this story justice. It's one of the few books that I would recommend without hesitation to be on a school's reading curriculum, since not only does it tell an engaging story about unemployed life in a dystopian [...]


  • I tried to think of a reason to give this book three stars. I really did. It's true it entertained me for two or three hours. I never wanted to put it down; I had to know what would happen. Hughes' writing is certainly engaging. And the premise is so intriguing!But there are so many things wrong with it.First of all, there are ten main characters. I can list seven. I can describe none. No one had a distinct personality, even the narrator. For example, Katie knows karate. That is literally the on [...]


  • Monica Hughes has long been a hero of mine. Her books DEVIL ON MY BACK and THE KEEPER OF THE ISIS LIGHT are amazing, and I read them over and over as a child. Long before YA books like THE HUNGER GAMES were common, books that asked hard questions of teen readers and put teen characters in truly desperate situations, she was writing things like this. DEVIL ON MY BACK doesn't have a happy ending, it has a hard ending, where the main character has to decide whether to give up happiness in order to [...]


  • 1. Who was Charlie really? What was the point in his part of the story? Why was he so powerful? I don't know. Was he a government spy or thought police who was supposed to see if this group was strong enough for The Game?2. Didn't the other group on the Subway say that this was their second year at The Game? Does that mean that they got stronger as a group and were ready for drop off to another planet?3. So Lisse's special thing was being a writer. Gotcha. That's the reason I am forgiving of the [...]


  • Im Jahr 2154 wurden viele Berufe durch Roboter ersetzt und so steigt die Arbeitslosenzahl drastisch an. Wenn die geeigneten Berufe für die jeweiligen Schüler nicht mehr durch lebende Arbeiter besetzt werden, heißt es für sie, ein Leben in Arbeitslosigkeit zu führen, sie leben in abgeschotteten Bezirken, bekommen das allernötigste vom Staat und können sich ansonsten beim Sperrmüll bedienen. Auch Lissi trifft nach der Schule dieses Schicksal und sie zieht mit einigen Freunden in eine Wohng [...]


  • Oh my. This book sure is a trip. I was having some weird Minority Report, I, Robot, and Titan A.E moments when I read this.So, since this book is really short, you obviously can point out key areas where there would be good places for expansion or more in depth development, like the characters or certain plot elements but it’s fun by itself. I liked how the characters worked together and puzzled things out even though some of their interactions seem a bit contrived or forced.It feels dated a b [...]


  • Best post-apocalyptic dystopian interstellar colonization story EVER. Specific, yes. But you know what, nothing else in children's lit scratches this itch! It's maddening! Enough that I re-read it earlier this year (preparatory to trying to make my youngest sister read it.) And it was still good, because frankly it taps into the same childhood fantasy you would have every time you went to the mall. 'Wouldn't it be COOL if I was locked in here, after hours, especially with a bunch of my friends? [...]


  • I love sci-fi, but this book was absolutely awful. It's fundamental premise, that almost all jobs have been filled by robots and created a huge unemployed class, unravels with the lightest application of logic (the unemployed all have many, many needs and wants that are not met, but they are forced to scrounge through the trash rather than make and sell products and services to each other). The characters are whiny and one-dimensional and really not all that different from each other. The story [...]


  • I read Invitation to the game by Monica Hughes. I liked the book as I got more and more into it, as more stuff started happening. I liked this book because it would just keep getting more and more intense as I kept reading and understanding it more. The main setting in the book is at their “apartment” or preparing for the game. The main characters in the book are Lisse and a couple other people that live with her. The main conflicts were trying to stay safe and learning how to stay safe for [...]


  • In Monica Hughes' vision of the future, the Government selects only a very few graduates of its education system to actually have jobs. The rest of the students are assigned a premature life of leisure in Designated Areas and otherwise left to fend for themselves. Lisse and her friends choose to stay together to increase their chances of survival -- each contributing their own unique skill to their small society. When they receive the Invitation to the Game, little did they know just how importa [...]


  • I really enjoyed this one. It was a quick read, and I liked the different take on a dystopian society from some of the books I've read recently. I considered a 4 rating, but decided on a 3 for two reasons:1. the author wraps up the story too cleanly, with the main characters accepting their fate a little too easily for my taste.2. what the crap does the main character bring to the table for this group? even in the section of the story where the author goes through each person's skill, the main c [...]


  • This is one of the most important books I ever read. It's the story of children in a world where unemployment is 90% and the workers versus the non-workers is the major class war. Thousands of people shipped straight out of school to the unemployment lines.That combined with a ripping adventure, culminating in a theme of Making Things For Yourself. Catnip, and it's not a far shot to say that reading this the second week into my girl's school changed how I thought about my life and my future. Rea [...]


  • i read the book invitation to the game by monica hughes. It's about a whole new world and most jobs are taken by robots. A group of teens finish there 10 year schooling and they are ready for there future. But they receive a letter saying they are unemployed due to there grades. so they are put in a fortress like thing where they are supposed to live there for the rest of there lives. And while they are there they go on a crazy adventure.


  • I still enjoyed this! It's a relief when books I adored as a kid hold up. I see the story in a different way now, of course, but . . . yes, I still like it.While I love the shiny new cover, I'm pretty disappointed they didn't bother to redo the insides. It looks like they lifted the mass market paperback layout and slapped it on a bigger page. The margins are HUGE. Nevertheless, this was still a fun read.


  • Based on my memory of reading the book in '92. At the time, it was a fairly 'hard' dystopia starring wayward and dead end kids that captured a very particular version early late gen-x/early gen-y zeitgeist of economic fatalism.


  • All things considered, this book is a pretty standard dystopian young adult novel. Not bad by any means and it does a lot incredibly well. That being said, it has its issues for sure.The year is 2154, and the world is overpopulated and robots do basically everything. Most people are more or less useless, and they are considered "unemployed" the unemployed get government credits to use and they're zoned off in sections to keep them contained. It doesn't feel inherently malicious, so the governmen [...]


  • The title of the book I have read was Invitation to the Game by Monica Hughes. This book is set in the future and where robots have taken the jobs, making a rise in unemployment. Only a few jobs were available like teaching or nursing, more jobs that are easier done by humans than a robot. The book starts when the main character Lissie has finished her schooling, and getting ready for her life in the new world. Her friends: Scylla, Brad, Rich, Paul, Katie, Alden, Trent, Karen, and Benta, have th [...]


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