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Small Game
Small Game | Blair Braverman
12 posts | 10 read | 9 to read
A gripping debut novel about a survival reality show gone wrong that leaves a group of strangers stranded in the northern wilds Four strangers and six weeks: this is all that separates Mara from one life-changing payday. She was surprised when reality TV producers came knocking at Primal Instinct--the survival school where she teaches rich clients not to die during a night outdoors--and even more shocked to be cast in their new show, Civilization. Now she just has to live off the land with her fellow survivors for long enough to get the prize money. Whisked by helicopter to an undisclosed location, Mara meets her teammates: The grizzled outdoorsman. The Eagle Scout. The white-collar professional. And Ashley, the beautiful but inexperienced one who just wants to be famous. Mara's unusual, rugged childhood has prepared her for the discomforts and hard work ahead. But trusting her fellow survivors? Not part of Mara's skill set. When the cast wakes one morning to find something has gone horribly wrong, fear ripples through the group. Are the producers giving them an extra challenge? Or are they wrapped up in something more dangerous? Soon Mara and the others face terrifying decisions as "survival" becomes more than a game. A provocative exploration of the comforts, rituals, and connections we depend upon, Small Game is a gripping page-turner and a poignant story about finding the courage to build a new life from the ground up.
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Dragon
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A survival television show goes tragically wrong. A tense read that I couldn‘t put down. #Jumpstart2023 @Lizpixie @Clwojick

LeeRHarry Sounds like my kinda thing - stacked! 4w
Dragon Thanks 🙏 @LeeRHarry hope you enjoy it 💚🐉 4w
Clwojick Oooh sounds great! 3w
Dragon Thanks @Clwojick enjoyable read 💚🐉 3w
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CaitZ
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My November favorite is Blair Braverman's first novel. #12BooksOf2022 @Andrew65

Andrew65 This looks a good read. 4w
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AudiobookingWithLeah
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This did not work for me. When it wasn‘t feeling bogged down by melancholy it was either painfully dull or overly dramatic. But…the biggest disappointment was the ending. It was super frustrating not getting an answer to the most important question; the one driving the whole story. Or...I totally missed what was driving the whole story.

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nitalibrarian
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Started this book last night.

AmyG I liked this. It was good, an interesting story line and characters. (edited) 2mo
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LaceyDoesLit
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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I loved this! And just to assert up front because I see a lot of reviews not mentioning it at all: this book is super queer! Also, the ending is great, what are the rest of you talking about?? A character study, an investigation of a survival reality show turned real survival test, an ode to the beauty and harshness of nature, and a fascinating inside scoop into how these kinds of shows work. Immensely readable, a true page-turner!

Dragon I really enjoyed this one - thanks 🙏 for recommending it 💚🐉 4w
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Dragon I'm so glad you liked it! 3w
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CaitZ
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I got a treat in the mail this afternoon! My copy of Blair Braverman's new book came a day early from Honest Dog Books. It officially publishes tomorrow

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AmyG
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The story of 5 contestants in a reality TV survival contest. I can‘t say much more as I don‘t want to give anything away. A good, quick read. ARC #2 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#AugustARCs @Clwojick

Clwojick Ooooh this sounds good! 6mo
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CaitZ
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A group of 5 strangers agrees to participate in a survival TV game. They each have their reasons - money, fame, recognition, just to prove they can. But the game is not as it seems. Danger lurks when the TV crew stops coming. I like this wilderness adventure story. Braverman developed interesting characters & plausible situations. I do wish the conclusion was more detailed. Some problems were not resolved, but I hope this means a second book

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Thanks to Ecco Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Publication date: 11/1/22

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CaitZ Whoops - I just remembered this is my #BookSpin book for July, and the 1st book finished for #20in4 Readathon @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 6mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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Redhead_reads
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SMALL GAME is a story about survival and community. I love a good survival story and for the most part I enjoyed this novel. I thought there was going to be more to it though. It almost felt like there was a build up to something that never quite happened. The ending felt rushed and non resolute but overall it was a fast paced enjoyable read and I would read more from the author! Thanks netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this novel!