By D.J. MacHale

Let the video games Begin....
Quillan is a territory at the verge of destruction. the folks have misplaced keep watch over in their personal destiny and needs to fight just to live to tell the tale. the one probability they've got of discovering a greater existence is via enjoying the Quillan video games. Hosted through an odd pair of online game masters, Veego and LaBerge, the video games are a mixture of activity and wrestle. They use the folks of Quillan as pawns for his or her enjoyment as they strength them to go into competitions that variety from actual battles, to most unlikely drawback classes, to computer-driven assessments of agility. To triumph within the video games is to stay the lifetime of a king. To lose is to die.

this can be the harmful and lethal scenario Bobby Pendragon reveals on Quillan. He speedy realizes that the single approach to store this bothered territory is to overcome Veego and LaBerge at their very own video games and dismantle their terrible enjoyable residence. yet there's extra at stake for Bobby. The prize for successful the Quillan video games should be learning the reality of what it particularly potential a vacationer.

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