Review: “The Gender Game” By Bella Forrest

the gender game coverThe Gender Game
By Bella Forrest
Book #1 (of 7) in the Gender Game Series

Publisher: Nightlight Press
Publish Date: 2016
Series: The Gender Game Series (Book #1)
Pages: 411
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Book Type: Fiction
Purchase Locations: Book Depository Amazon Audible

A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates’s world by gender. 
Women rule the East. Men rule the West. 
Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus. 
Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet’s life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes. 
But one decision could save her life. 
To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit. 
Everything about the patriarchy is dangerous for a rebellious girl like Violet. She cannot break the rules if she wishes to stay alive. 
But abiding by rules has never been Violet’s strong suit.
When she’s thrust into more danger than she could have ever predicted, Violet is forced to sacrifice many things in the forbidden kingdom … including forbidden love. 
In a world divided by gender, only the strongest survive.

My Thoughts:

After reading ‘P.S. I Still Love you’ I’d come out of my reading slump and was ready to jump back into my favourite genre of book. Young Adult Fantasy. I love a good fantasy book, anything from a Faerie based world, to a distopian future to something set in outer space (I know technically a science fiction but I count it under the fantasy banner too) So when I read that ‘A Gender Game’ would be perfect for lovers of the ‘Divergent’ Series and the ‘Hunger Game’ series, I knew I’d found that book.

I was not disappointed. The premise of there being a patriarchy based city (Patrus) and a matriarchy (Matrus) was one that I hadn’t seen before but knew would be a great premise if written right. Lucky for me, it was.
Bella Forrest did an amazing job. I hadn’t heard of her before and really didn’t know what to expect. But I loved the way she created the cities as well as the people residing within each. I really enjoyed her writing style.

The story followed out may character Violet as she experiences Patrus from the inside. Violet is a very strong character who really had to work against her true nature to complete her task.

We also meet an slew of great characters. With some key characters written so well and having such a deep and rich back story that stories about these characters pasts would be just as interesting and engaging as the story we are in.

‘The Gender Game’ was such a fantastic dystopian story that I’ve already got the second one after the incredible ending of the first book. I cannot wait to see were the story takes Violet next.

My Rating:


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