Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead
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 Xseries, 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.
This book was really great, to be honest. It took me a terribly long time to read it because life has been, well, life, and truthfully this isn’t the kind of action-packed or suspenseful novel that forces me to turn to the next page no matter what else is going on. And my review is going to be really short because I’m at music camp (which is amazing) and I’m squeezing this in between breakfast and rehearsal.
In a nutshell: take everything I like about the Georgina Kincaid series (except Seth) and put it into a futuristic almost-dystopian novel with tons of explicit references and allusions to various gods from “real” and, presumably, concocted mythologies. Mmm, yummy! What more could a girl want?
The characters all popped, as was expected at this point. The POV is always third person limited, but we bounce around between characters a fair amount. What I really liked about this was how it gave us multiple perspectives on the society Mead has created without having to be heavy-handed with it. And it was very elegantly pulled off, with each character having a distinct enough voice that I always knew who was “talking.” This is a skill I have been trying to work on myself.
But it’s not the characters that made this book for me, as was the case with some of Mead’s other books. I absolutely love this world—it is so cleanly put together and I just love the concepts of religion and society presented here. In the true fashion of futuristic/dystopian novels, it resonates with some of the more popular issues in politics today.
(And my laptop battery is almost out, so I’m going to wrap this up now!)
Posted on August 8, 2013, in Dystopian/Futuristic, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and tagged age of x, book reviews, books, dystopian, futuristic, gameboard of the gods, richelle mead. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.