YA apocalypse mystery w/real world reader competition
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"Tribes" on Earth prepare generations of young adults for an end of world event which pits each tribe's representative against the other. Once they reach a certain age they are no longer eligible to be the representative and the next trainee in line takes their place. After many years without a sign, strange meteors fall to Earth that signal the beginning of this competition. The story jumps around to different character's views and a lot of focus is placed on the risks of who can or cannot be trusted. One of the main protagonists is a US girl who leaves her boyfriend because she is next in line for her tribe, though part of the first novel tells of the boyfriend's story to find her and help her in her mysterious quest. One of the key features of this series is that the author has included a real competition for reader's that follows certain aspects of the fictional story. If someone solves the mystery the author has put forward before the expiration of the competition, they win a large prize. I have never come across anything else that comes close to, what I believe, is this unique book description, but have not been able to find anything online to give me any clues to the identity of this book. At this point, kinda hoping i didn't just dream that I read it.
Well, this is an example of a micro genre known as "armchair treasure hunts" or "treasure trove" books (I collect them now, Kit William's Masquerade was my first), adding that as a search term may help you find yours - it doesn't sound familiar to me. https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/79980.Armchair_Treasure_Hunts_ has a list of 21 such books, but none of them seemed right to me. How long ago did you see this book?
Maybe James Frey's Endgame (https://www.librarything.com/work/15128422/summary)?
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