Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Book Review: Gameboard of the Gods – Richelle Mead

Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)
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.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
I LOVE Richelle Mead and have read almost everything she has written.  So when I heard there was a new series I had to read it.  This book took a little while to get into because of the fact that it’s a whole new world.  New characters, new society (and classes of people), regions and it’s futuristic.  It’s a society that I can picture coming true.  I think Mead did a great job in the description of what kind of society this was.  This book features three main characters.  First is Justin March, he was exiled to Panama basically because of religion, which is unaccepted in RUNA.  Then you have Mae Koskinen, a beautiful but lethal soldier that gets sent to Panama to get March.  Also you have 16 year old Tessa Cruz, who is from Panama but gets the chance to go to RUNA and study.  Her background gives her a different perspective on the RUNA society.  I would have loved to have more chapters from Tessa’s point of view and it seems like she will become more important as the series progresses.  Also I love the supernatural element in that there are Gods out there looking for followers and choosing people.  Justin reminded me a little bit of Adrian from Vampire Academy & Bloodlines.  He loves to drink, he loves women and he knows he’s hot.  I can’t wait to see where Mead takes this series.

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