Swedish Writer Åsa Avdic’s SF Novel “The Dying Game”

    THE DYING GAME” (“Isola“, in the original Swedish edition, 2016)

    Swedish edition and full English translation

    Rights sold : Euromedia France, Actes Sud Germany, Mladinska Spain, HarperCollins Poland, Czech Republic, Sonia Draga Romania, RAO Russia, Corpus Slovenia, , Roca Sweden, Natur & Kultur Turkey, Ithaki UK, Windmill Books / Random House US, Penguin Books

    A masterly locked-room mystery set in a near-future Orwellian state—for fans of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Dave Eggers’ The Circle, and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games

    Do you live to play? Or play to live?

    The year is 2037. The Soviet Union never fell, and much of Europe has been consolidated under the totalitarian Union of Friendship.

    On the tiny island of Isola, seven people have been selected to compete in a forty-eight-hour test for a top-secret intelligence position.

    One of them is Anna Francis, a workaholic bureaucrat with a nine-year-old daughter she rarely sees and a secret that haunts her. Her assignment: to stage her own death and then to observe, from her hiding place inside the walls of the house, how the six other candidates react to the news that a murderer is among them. Who will take control?

    Who will crack under pressure?

    But then a storm rolls in, the power goes out, and the real game begins. . . .

    Combining suspense, unexpected twists, psychological gamesmanship, and a sinister dystopian future, The Dying Game conjures a world in which one woman is forced to ask, “Can I save my life by staging my death?”

    A deliciously creepy novel revolving around a terrific paradigm shift: The job you think you’re doing? That’s not the job you’re really doing.” — Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Expats

    Agatha Christie meets George Orwell in journalist Avdic’s unsettling first novel. . . . Avdic not only constructs a fascinating and original plot but makes her imagined reality chillingly plausible.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

    A high-stakes test of survival and betrayal . . . Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None crossed-pollinated with ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ . . . An unsettling portrait of our possible future.” — Kirkus Reviews

    An Orwellian debut novel that never lets up . . . A heady mix of And Then There Were None and The Hunger Games [and] a supremely competitive struggle for survival.” — Booklist

    Intriguing . . . Reminiscent of classic ‘locked room’ mysteries by writers like Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and P. D. James. But its near-future setting and Orwellian setup make it feel almost chillingly forward-looking as well.” — Bookreporter

    Åsa Lovisa Avdic (born, 10th of April 1974, Längbro, Sweden) is a journalist who for years was a presenter for Swedish Public Service Radio and Television and currently serves as a popular host for Sweden’s biggest morning current events show, “Gomorron Sverige” (Good Morning, Sweden).
    She lives with her family in Stockholm, Sweden.
    In the fall of 2016 she made her literary debut with the SF novel
    Isola” (“The Dying Game” in English translation).


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