Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Dusty Pages Review: The Gender Game

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 her strong suit, and when she is 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...
I'd seen this book advertised for a while as a story perfect for those who liked Hunger Games and Divergent. I can see how this book would appeal to readers of those books as it is a dystopian type future book where things as we know them are completely different. Some toxic event (not discussed in great detail in the narrative) occurred and the safe lands became divided into a male dominated culture of Patrus on one side of the river and female dominated culture of Matrus on the other.

Violet is a character I very much connected with. She had a tough beginning and no matter how hard she tried to stay out of trouble, it seemed to find her anyway. Her only choice is to agree to take a mission on for her Queen, to retrieve something from the Patrus enemy that was stolen from them. However, the more the mission goes on, the more she begins to wrestle with whether what she and her accomplice are doing is right. I think this is largely down to the man she meets whilst on the mission, Viggo.

It's a very compelling story with thrilling bits, spy like qualities, drama, political intrigue, betrayal, and romance. This is the first book in a series of seven, of which I have downloaded and intend to read all of them. I want to know how things will end.

I give it

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