Judy Clemens *please respond to Judy in the comments of this post.
Title: The Game
Genre: YA Thriller
When six teenagers play Tag in present day Chicago, there’s a twist from the childhood version…if you get Tagged, you get Dead.
The three “Its” have their reasons for participating: the surgically-enhanced debutante is dying to destroy a naturally beautiful girl; the less-skilled basketball player desires his target’s place on their school’s team; and the brainiac craves a battle against an intellectual equal.
The “Runners,” three unrelated innocents kidnaped and forced to play, want only one thing…to survive.
Once the Runners receive the “Go” on the smart watches locked onto their wrists, they race to Chicago, where their Home Bases lie. The Game rockets them through the city, from the El to Michigan Avenue to Wrigley Field. There is no time to rest; every thirty minutes the Runners’ locations are transmitted to the Its, and their original half-hour head start diminishes. The Runners know there are only so many places to hide, even in one of the nation’s largest cities, so they must each use their unique skills to outsmart their It, whether that talent is computer hacking, brute strength, or a charismatic personality.
THE GAME is an 82,000-word YA thriller combining the life-and-death aspect of dystopian fiction with today’s locations and technology, as if The Maze Runner has caught up with Michelle Gagnon’s Don’t Turn Around. Ultimately, the winners of the Game are those who discover and use their individual strengths to overcome fear and make it home alive without discarding their morality along the way.