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When a teenage boy discovers he was cloned to be Hitler, he must fight his genes, family and upbringing to choose a different path in a school where soccer symbolizes war.

A predominantly white Reichfield High has lost every game in the last few years to the North Prep, a school with mostly Mexican, Brazilian, and Filipino students. For the first game of the season, howeve
Published November 12th 2018 by Heartlab Press
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Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
There's so many things going through my head right now that I have to think about it before writing a review
Grant Leishman
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Reviewed For Readers' Favorite by Grant Leishman

Richfield High may be a mythical place in Barton Ludwig’s, Blitzball, but to the predominately white, Aryan residents of the town of Upper Richfield, the school and more importantly its soccer team is the focus of their pride, their hopes, and their dreams. Unfortunately, Upper Richfield’s Soccer team spearheaded by Addie and his motley collection of oddball team-mates is on a real losing streak. Their nemesis is the Lower Richfield, North Prep Sc
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Thank you to @netgalley and @heartlabpress for this free advance readers copy of Blitzball in exchange for my honest review.

“They think they’re God. No, all they are are people who think they can control me but they can’t. I control me.”

This. Book. Is. Crazy. It’s crazy in a good way. The first paragraph drew me in. This is a coming of age story about an angry young man who is realizing things about his life that he never knew before. Is it him? Is it a conspiracy? That’s what he’s tr
Zipe Pelen
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blitzball by Barton Ludwig is one of those books that stands out. Why it stands out is the character and the plot that keeps you reading to the last page.

Addie, cloned to be Hitler faces an insurmountable challenge, to become Hitler and be infamous or to choose good, if that's even possible for him.

It was a great mix of comedy as well as coming of age.

Having lived in England, I'm really into the wittiness of British comedy and this had that same type of wittiness.

Overall, a good book and wou
Galen Norman
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Addie has lived a very sheltered, very comfortable, very white life. In school he studies subjects like German, and learns in science how the white man is superior to other races. For reasons like these and others it drives him to near insanity that Addie and his German-speaking soccer teammates Karl, Heinrich, and Jon—who goes by his surname “Mengela”—cannot overcome the Spanish and other “lowly” language speaking North Riechfield team. If this scenario sounds familiar it is because it is histo ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
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2.5/5 Stars

Well this book definitely was an experience, a confusing and sometimes unpleasant one, but an experience nonetheless. I really struggled with this book to begin with because the main character is not likeable at all, he’s downright insufferable. He’s whiney, racist, selflish, manipulative and just generally unpleasant. But I was intrigued enough by the premise of this book to continue. I was only able to look past all of the racist re
Lisa Arlington
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a reader of mystery and YA, I thought this was a very good read that I couldn't put down.

What hooked me was the mystery surrounding it all as well as Addie and his witty remarks. I liked the irony, that the reader knows what is going on but Addie doesn't. Very much liked this book and would like to read more by this author.
Shayna Sherman
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is very appropriate for the time we live in with the political situation especially. A clone of Hitler who has so much to go up against. A great book, a really great book.

Agree that if you liked the truman show, you'll like this book.

Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the concept of this novel, it's such a scary idea that you're a clone of someone and I really think this took that concept and perfected it. It was a really good read, and the characters were really well done.
Chloe James
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC and decided to write a review as I enjoyed it.

What was great about it: the story, the character of Addie (surprisingly likable), the humor

What I wanted to see more of: It pretty much was a great read, I wouldn't add anything or take anything away. I would have liked it to be a bit longer even as was surprised when I finished it so quickly. Would have liked to have longer with the characters as experiencing the mind of Addie was quite enjoyable.
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have never read anything quite like this book. I kept stopping to read parts to my husband, which drove him crazy. I’m not even sure how to review it, it’s one of those you will love and read in one sitting (me) or not finish.

Thanks NetGalley for the ARC
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Advanced reader copy provided by Heartlab Press in exchange for an honest review

I had a professor who told me that history does not repeat itself but it is we who repeat history. Blitzball is a coming of age story on how our past does not have to define us and how we are the masters of our own fate.

I read this book in just two days and I have to say, this is one of the strangest coming of age stories I have ever read and I love it. The concept in itself is already insane yet it's worth venturing
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is kind of like, "The Boys From Brazil," told from the point of view of the teenage Adolf Hitler clone. It also answers the question, "What if Hitler had been admitted to art school?"

The story opens in an isolated town in Pennsylvania named Reichfield, which literally means "rich field." I assume the people living there came from Germany, but nothing about that is ever mentioned; however, German is interspersed throughout the dialogue. The whole town is centered around the high school
Brooke Lorren
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Blitzball by Barton Ludwig was an interesting book. There were parts that I really liked about this book, and parts that I liked a little less. Overall, I thought the book was good.

The story was about "Addie," a soccer player for Reichfield High, located in this off the grid country somewhere in North America. Reichfield High is a school consisting entirely of "Aryans," with the exception of one Jew. Every week, his soccer team plays the team from one town over, which consists of players that ar
Story Eater
Sep 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc-2018
Going by the synopsis, Blitzball seems to be a straightforward modern Sci-Fi story about cloning and metamanipulation. Our main character, Addie, finds out he is the clone of the leader of the National Socialist movement of 1930-40 Germany, Adolf Hitler (hence the nickname Addie). The twist to the story, however, is that Addie and his friends are high school soccer players at Reichfield High, and they are repeatedly beaten by their North Prep rivals; when they grow tired of the humiliation, they ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-for-review
E-arc received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is confused. It’s confused about what it wants to be, whether it wants to be sci fi with a twist of realism, or reality with a mere flash of sci fi. Those two might sound like the same thing but they’re not.

If it was going to be sci fi with a twist of realism it would have the main character, Addie discovering his identity earlier in the book and would continue the narrative to a surprising conclusion, given Addie’s “real”
Jack Greiss
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley for this Young Adult coming-of-age by Barton Ludwig.

There is a plethora of things I enjoyed about this novel. Of these include:

The character of Addie

The fact it reminded me of successful movies such as the Truman Show, Brick
It had a dystopian feel although it wasn't dystopian if that makes sense
the alienation
the male protagonist who stands up to the nazi's arround him and despite being surrounded by nazis and rpists, he thinks for himself.

What could have been improved

I real
Cordelia Simmons
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bitzball by Barton Ludwig is just what the world needs right now with fascism being ever so prevalent under the seems of modern society, as if screaming to get out. Germany was a civilized place before the Nazi's came to power. It was a western country. People didn't understand that it would head to fascism, neither did the Jews. They were so comfortable in Germany and did extremely well in the theater and all areas of society.

The reason we need a book like this is because people don't become s
Elaine Ding
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Racism is everywhere, even under the seams. Sometimes people can be racist even if they don't realize they hold racist beliefs. This book has a strong anti-racist sentiment which is what is needed now with the racism that is often encountered at colleges and school settings.

The plot of this novel is entertaining and kept me reading. I finished this book surprisingly in 2 days. I wanted to know what happened or rather how it happened as I realized the author was probably not going to let Addie b
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
**I recvd this from netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

This was just one big ball of crazy. A clone of hitler that befriends a "lowly" and learns of being a clone, and the ending was just a big dose of wow. I had a hard time getting into it but once I got used to the flow of it, I couldn't really put it down, that being said, I wasn't really thrilled with it, I thought the potential was there but it didn't quite grasp it. I didnt get the sense that he really changed much, only superfici
Beth Younge
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reading the premise led me to believe that certain things may happen inside. These predictions did not flourish and that is one thing I am glad of! The idea that this boy is a clone of Hitler and that football is a way of "attacking" those countries was an interesting way at looking at the destruction and invasions that were orchestrated by Hitler. Ludwig took a slightly weird idea and made it work really well. This book made me think about the the nature vs nurture debate and how certain things ...more
Avery Grahm
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a read. Addie is funny as hell (my kind of humor). Humor is a hit or miss with me. I'm a big watcher of comedy on netflix and right now into this show called "Maniac".

In between watching Maniac, I'd pick up this book. Barely got any work done in two days.

What stood out for me was not just the message (anti-racist) was that it was extremely funny and I really cared about the main character.

Up against huge odds, the author asks the question - can a clone of Hitler be more than what he
Joana Barroca
Sep 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The premise sounded so interesting and I was invested in reading this, but I got to 24% and I just couldn't read more, I didn't connect to the characters, I got lost so many times, I felt like it was just weird.

I'm not saying this is a bad book, but it just wasn't for me, a lot of other people really liked this, I'm sad I didn't. I went to read some reviews to see what I could expect for the rest
The Kawaii Slartibartfast
I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very intriguing idea the whole nature/nurture thing but for some reason a lot of times the book just fell flat for me. There were a few moments where Addie's notions about life were challenged and I would have loved to see him interacting more with these ideas and technology.

Addie's is great for an unlikable narrator. Maybe a little too good? I don't exactly get the
Skylar Karem
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although we've come along way from the anti-semitic and racist culture of 1930s Germany, we still have a long way to go.

Addie is a teenage boy who is cloned to be Hitler. Everyone wants him to be Hitler and he has all the pressure in the world to choose that direction. However, this book leads him on a path where he begins to question the racists who want him to go that route.

A great book that deals with issues of racism and can help people see that they need not choose racism even if they liv
Calvin Korres
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Set in Reichfield, the reader meets Addie who unbeknownst to him is a clone of Hitler. Addie notices that strange things are happening around him, strange things he can't explain. Without ruining the novel for someone who likes to read it, it's a lot like the truman show, except instead of truman Addie is Hitler.

I really liked this book and would recommend it as it's very humorous and unusual.
Sarah Z
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was really excited to read this book because it had such an interesting premise. I think I expected a bit too much from it. While the cloning aspect was cool, I found it really repetitive and I had a really hard time getting into it. Not bad by any means, but not nearly as good as I expected.
Jeremy Dune
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my young adult faves for 2018.

I recommend it for it's dark humor.
I tried and tried to read this but ultimately failed. I'm not sure if it was the characterisations or the writing style but whatever the reason I dnf this
Dillan Berry
rated it it was amazing
Oct 21, 2018
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