Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2024) Featured Review: Their Vicious Games by Joelle Wellington

  • Their Vicious Games
  • by Joelle Wellington
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
  • Release date: July 25, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781665922425

Adina is different from her classmates at the elite Edgewater Academy, where she is a scholarship recipient, in a number of ways. When a fight ensues with her former friend, Adina loses her spot at Yale and prospects for her future. That is until she receives an invitation to the Finish, a competition held by the wealthy and influential Remington Family. However, the competition turns out to be less about refinery and business acumen and more a battle to the death. 

Where Squid Game meets The Bachelor, this thriller will keep readers on their toes. The plot is fast paced and the characters are realized and ruthless, making it hard to not be drawn in, wondering what will happen next. The heart of the story explores wealth and privilege and is sure to engage readers. 

Readers who enjoy thrillers, strong female characters, and a little bit of gore will devour this title.  Recommend this title for fans of The Hunger Games, All of Us Villains, or The Culling by Steven dos Santos.

– Kaitlin Malixi

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