The Gender Game by Bella Forrest

The Gender Game by Bella ForrestThe Gender Game (The Gender Game #1) by Bella Forrest
Format: Audio
Narrator: Rebecca Soler, Zachary Webber
Series: The Gender Game
on October 28th, 2016
Genres: YA, Dystopian
Source: Audible
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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 death of her mother, Violet's life has been shadowed by bad luck. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now after two unfortunate incidents resulting in womanslaughter, she has been sentenced to death.

But one decision could save her life.

One decision to enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

Everything about the patriarchy defies Violet's identity, but she must sacrifice everything if she wishes to survive the forbidden kingdom... including forbidden love.

How much of yourself could you give up to keep yourself alive?

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Review of the story:

I have been meaning to read a Bella Forrest novel for a while. I know she has the Shade of Vampire series, but I’m really picky with vampire stories so I never checked them out. To be honest, I didn’t go into The Gender Game with high expectations because I know Ms. Forrest pumps out books like crazy (like 4-5 books a year). I have found with other independent authors who crank out books that quickly that sometimes editing is sub-par, but as long as the story is good I generally don’t mind. With that being said, the book was better than I expected. Yes, there were a few issues: the letter at the end (don’t want to spoil it) felt too convenient and disingenuous to the story, some characterization for a major character in the book was a little underdone, and the world building left me wanting more. However, The Gender Game also had some great elements to it: 

-Strong and likable female lead character
-Unique dystopian world in a genre overflowing with unoriginal ideas
-Lots of action
-Quickly paced
-Just enough romance to tease you, but not to overpower the narrative
-Also, The author clearly did research on MMA fighting and the fighting scenes never felt forced

Overall, I enjoyed the book and will be continuing the series. I will likely not do reviews on this blog for the following books, but I will review on Goodreads, as I find doing reviews here for sequels not very helpful.  

Review of the audio:

I’ve been a fan of Rebecca Soler since listening to the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I thought it might be difficult to separate Cinder’s voice from Violet’s, but I found it relatively easy as I was drawn into the story. Rebecca Soler remains to be one of my favorite narrators, as she brings life to characters through her superb voice acting abilities. Zachary Webber only did a small portion at the end of the book, but I have also listened to him before and enjoy his voice. 


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2 thoughts on “The Gender Game by Bella Forrest

  1. Glad to hear this one had its strong points, despite everything. It does sound like a super interesting concept and I’m always in the look out for nice dystopians.
    I always suspect authors who publish too many books a year too. Quantity is not quality and usually these two do not go hand in hand. That’s why most famous authors take years and years to finally finish their work – because it takes time to build quality.
    Great review, Chanda!

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