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SG - Suicide Game by Haidji

Haidji explains, "SG - Suicide Game is a metaphor about the society where persons almost kill themselves to achieve their goals and forget their dreams..."

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Suicide Game, overseen by the Council of Seven, takes place in an Olympic-style stadium that has been built for the Suicide Game. 8000 candidates will put their lives in the "laps of the gods" and jump until only one candidate remains.

Haidji introduces some of the candidates to readers: the scientist that has created wondrous inventions for a world that is not ready for them, a woman who has fallen in love with a stranger, a man that wants to be first in everything, the woman who was abused as a girl and wants to purify her soul, the man that always wins, and the terrorist that is willing to kill himself and his brothers-in-arms to save thousands. Each candidate has a reason for offering their lives to the gods; however it becomes apparent that not all of the players in the Game are willing participants as readers are given a peek into the lives of the people who work behind the scenes.

Who will live? Who will die? The decision is in the "laps of the gods;" or is it?

My first impression of SG - Suicide Game by Haidji was a combination of disbelief and horror. The Suicide Games seemed to combine the aspects of ancient gladiator games in which people were killed for sport and elements from the Olympics with its memorable stadiums and sensationalized athletes. I asked myself "Why would anyone be willing to participate directly, or indirectly, with this event?" The answer to this question became apparent when Haidji started introducing readers to some of the candidates; some candidates were motivated by greed and power while others wanted to be relieved of the burdens that they carried.

Even though I could not relate to all of the candidates' stories, Haidji did a superb job of explaining each candidate's motivations and bringing out the humanity in every candidate; including the candidates who were motivated by greed or power. Haidji took complex, abstract concepts and effortlessly described them in a way that provokes an emotional response from readers while urging us to use logic and rational thinking to answer the questions posed by the story.

Since Haidji states that SG - Suicide Game is a metaphor, I reflected on the questions that I thought Haidji posed in the book:  How far are we willing to go as a society and as individuals to achieve our goals? Do we as a society and individuals hold ourselves accountable for our fates, or do we hold someone/something else accountable? How much control do we as a society and individuals have over our fates; is the control we have over our lives an illusion?

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Haidji does not answer these questions for us, or maybe she does; it depends on your perspective.

If paper was a canvas and the keys on a keyboard were a palette, Haidji would have rendered stunning landscapes and exquisite portraits for readers to view in this philosophical and thought-provoking literary work.

To find out more about Haidji and her art, visit her blog where she shares quotes from SG - Suicide Games and her other works; also, if you sign up to receive her newsletter she writes short stories for her followers.

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P.S. Yes, the review's title image is a picture of a paperback copy of the book that Haidji was kind enough to provide me with. It was a nice change of pace to read a paper book to review; thank you, Haidji!