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Review: The Gender Game by Bella Forrest - Violet is such a strong, brave and amazing character!

Series: The Gender Game #1
Source: Netgalley
Format: ebook
Pages: 640
Genre: Upper YA Dystopian + a sprinkle of forbidden romance
Rating: 5 Stars
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 24th 2016


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, after two unfortunate incidents resulting in womanslaughter, now 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 many things if she wishes to survive the forbidden kingdom... including forbidden love.

In a world divided by gender, only the strongest survive...

My Thoughts...
Written in the way of Delirium with romance similar to Vampire Academy, this story will have your heart racing and on the edge of your seat!

After reading A Shade of Vampire and falling in love with Bella's writing style I jumped straight into The Gender Game. I'm not typically a huge fan of dystopians, but this one absolutely blew me away. I'd say this one is my favorite dystopian book to date!  
Once I started reading this book I was immediately pulled into Violet's world, which is pretty much akin to a nightmare in my opinion. She's immersed in an world full of deception, mystery and cult-like societies. I was astonished to realize that this book was 640 pages, which I didn't find out until I was over halfway finished with this one. 

Imagine the United States split down the middle. One side being ruled by men and the other side ruled by women. This is the world in which Violet is born into. She's from Matrus, ruled by women. Violet is led to believe that her society is the 'right one' with the right ideals and that Patrus, a society ruled by men is the unjust and 'wrong' society. 

From the get-go Violet's life is one of hardship. She has no parents and her brother, being born a male in a society ruled by women sees him as violent and too headstrong, so he's sent north to work in the coal mines as a slave. In order for Violet to have any chance of seeing her brother again she agrees to go to Patrus to complete a task for her country. Once her mission is complete she'll be able to see her brother again.

Of course things don't go as planned.

But my favorite part was:
  • FORBIDDEN ROMANCE...Oh MY!
Despite all of Violet's misfortunes she does discover a bit of romance while in Patrus. Violet is involved with two men, but there is NO LOVE TRIANGLE. I wish I could elobrate on this one but I don't want to spoil anything for you.

I'd recommend if...you love books that keep you guessing with mystery and a twist around every corner you'll love this one. But be prepared for the ending...WOWSERS!! (Don't worry too much, Bella writes practically as fast as the speed of light so I'm sure we'll get the next in this series soon!)

More on the genre: Since Violet is nineteen while this book takes place and there are some pretty violent scenes I'd consider this one on the upper end of the Young-Adult spectrum. Depending on how many books there will be in this series and the timeline that they follow I could see this one turning into a New Adult series down the road. 

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