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The Gender Game (The Gender Game #1) by Bella Forrest

Release Date-September 24th 2016
Genre-YA Dystopian
Kindle Edition-418 pages

For fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent
comes a story like no other…

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…

The Gender Game (The Gender Game, #1)The Gender Game by Bella Forrest

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved the premise of the gender game, two very different societies based on gender.
We have Matrus governed by the woman and Patrus ruled over by men and where woman submit.
The very different storyline is what initially drew me to this book as its sometimes hard to find a fresh approach in what seems a sea of dystopian fiction.
A brief synopsis of the plot is that violet a resident of Matrus and when I say resident, I mean of her majesty’s pleasure, is recruited, for want of a better word, to travel to Patrus as a spy to retrieve a golden egg that has been stolen from them.
As part of Violets cover, she has to marry Lee a scientist working undercover in a high position of the government.
As a woman cannot travel around Patrus unescorted by a man and also as they need a scapegoat to pin the theft on Lee hires Viggo, head of security to accompany Violet and encourages her to befriend him.
Violet and Viggo have so much in common with their secrets and backgrounds that a friendship was bound to evolve.
These two are such strong individuals and I am so looking forward to seeing what the next instalment of this tale has in store for them.
The husband Lee, well I found him quite annoying getting Violet to take all the risks while he sat back I also didn’t like the way he kept violet in the dark all the time.
what a liked about the friendship between Viggo and Violet was that this didn’t seem forced or rushed and it was such a gradual process that it sort of crept up on the reader, it felt genuine.
The gender game itself has not got loads of hot sex to sell it, in fact, I think there is one kiss throughout.
So if your looking for that sort of action chose a different book.
what it does have is a first-rate author and some fantastically imagined world building to recommend it. which it does splendidly.
This book sells itself one you enter this landscape its hard to exit.
you just want to keep reading

There are secrets to be told and I’m zipping my mouth, so if you want to discover them well its simple read this I really don’t think you will be disappointed it’s a fab read.
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