The second in the Game trilogy, Buzz deals more with HP and his sister Rebecca, more than it does the game. HP, after hiding out when a woman he meets is murdered and he is blamed, he goes back to Sweden to uncover the truth and to see if this is still all about the game. Meanwhile, Rebecca is being harassed online by a mysterious blogger. Although, unknown to Rebecca that her brother is back home, their paths cross in the most sister ways.
It starts out slow and is more in depth with character building than the faced-paced action filled game of the first novel; this one really deals with how the Internet and people behind it can manipulate the masses. Not as exciting as the first, but it is thought-provoking.
It’s been four months since he was dragged into the Alternative Reality Game that nearly cost him his life, and HP is still on the run. He has everything he ever wished for—freedom, money, and no responsibilities, but he still isn’t happy. Plagued by insomnia and paranoia, HP misses the rush and attention of The Game. Sometimes he almost wishes the Game Master would find him.
In Dubai, HP meets Anna Argos, a sophisticated and beautiful Swedish IT millionaire. When she disappears, HP is questioned by the police. Fearing he has been found by The Game, HP returns to Sweden after being released from custody. Determined to uncover the truth about Anna’s disappearance, HP uses a fake identity to apply for a job at ArgosEye, the company Anna worked for. In the business of online information management, ArgosEye is involved in some questionable practices, under the control of Anna’s husband, the CEO Philip Argos.
Meanwhile, HP’s sister Rebecca has started dating Philip Argos. When she unknowingly reveals her brother’s real identity to Philip, the police try to bring HP in for questioning again. On the run again, HP refuses to give up and tries to uncover what is really happening at ArgosEye. Before he can find the truth, HP is stopped in his tracks. Thinking he’s about to be thrown in prison, HP is taken to the outskirts of the city and left in the woods, where an elderly man hands him a piece of paper. HP believes the game is over, but is it really just beginning?
Disclosure: I received this book for review through netgalley.com. I received no compensation for my thoughts.