Wednesday, January 4, 2017
The Gender Game (The Gender Game #1) by Bella Forrest
In this dystopian young adult novel, there are two cities, divided by a poison river surrounded by a toxic forested area. Violet lives in Matrus, where women rule and men are weeded out if they are deemed violent and are otherwise considered second class citizens. Violet, an orphan, was put into the prison system when she tried to smuggle her younger brother out of the city after he failed the test of male violent tendancies. When Violet gets into an altercation in prison with a bully that results in the death of the bully, she is supposed to be euthanized, however, she is given the option of going on a top secret mission in Patrus, the male-dominated city across the river. In Patrus, women have no rights and cannot even go out in public without a husband or male guardian. Violet needs to befriend a handsome fighter named Viggo in order for the plan she is there for to work, however, her new "husband", Lee, never tells her all the details of the plan. There is action and romance and the book ends in a cliffhanger. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.