She’s not doing it for glory, though. She’s doing it to be able to survive in the “regular” world after the game.
I liked Lara. She has an internal moral compass, but is no pushover. She’s strong and determined, and desperate enough that you’re never sure if she might go to the dark side to win. She has so much riding on the contest.
There’s a hint of romance, but the real focus of The Arranger is the competition and how much Lara will give up to win – her life, her morals? You don’t get to know much about Lara before the competition starts, but you begin to know her through her actions and interactions with other characters and competitors. By the end of the book, she will have to make a decision that could alter her life and cost her the game.
Sellers paints a grim, yet believable, near future. She also gives us a flawed heroine. Given all the “games” on television today, the Gauntlet is very believable as a global competition. If the television stations haven’t thought of it already, they may steal the idea.
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Considering the character and the world she lives in are both compelling, I give The Arranger a rating of Hel-of-a-Writer.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FTC Disclaimer: The author sent me The Arranger, but that did not influence my review. I watch Survivor. I also watch The Amazing Race. Each year I swear upon a stack of tortillas that I will not watch Big Brother. And I would stick to that oath if one of the other channels would put something, anything, worth watching opposite it. As it is, I just stick to swearing. If I may, here in this official FTC Disclaimer, offer a suggestion: Create The Gauntlet and put it opposite Big Brother. Spare me from another episode of whiney butts and mean-spirited twenty-somethings. Please. I beg you. Write me and I’ll pass on to L.J. your offer to buy TV rights for The Arranger. If you won’t do that, then I recommend we sic Lara on the next bunch of dingbats in the Big Brother house.