Friday, 12 July 2013

Review: Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Title: The Collector (Age of X #1)
Pages: 448
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Review Copy: Library

In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense. (Goodreads)

First off, let me say that this is my first book by Richelle. Shocker, right?! Considering I'm a fan of vampires. Trust me, I will the Vampire Academy series.

This book took FOREVER to read. Well, for me 6 days is a long time. Its not that I lost interest or anything. Its just a lot to absorb, understand etc.

I think with any sci-fi/fantasy book, there are a lot of elements involved. Which can make it hard when it comes to writing a review. Rather than making it harder on myself, I am going to just write a quick review.

This book isn't for everyone. The subject of religion can get touchy and therefore people tend to get scared away. The other major aspect is the fact that its dystopian. Dystopian books are the IT genre and I for one, am starting to yawn at these books. We get it! The world is f*cked up. But this one, this one I liked!

The main story revolves around Dr. Justin March and Mae Koskinen. They're trying to solve a related group of murders. Rather than going into big detail I'm just going write the short version. The Gods want vengeance and they're using people to do it. 

I really enjoyed this. Loved the chemistry between Justin and Mae. Just enough adventure and sexiness. Can't wait till the next one.

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