- Tapa blanda: 556 páginas
- Editor: REUTS Publications (14 de abril de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1942111231
- ISBN-13: 978-1942111238
Gambit (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 14 abr 2015
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In Earth's battle-ridden future, humans have evolved. Those with extraordinary skills rise to power and fame. Those without live in poverty. Sixteen-year-old Willow Kent believed she was normal. But when a genetically-advanced military officer shows up in her village and questions her identity, long-buried secrets begin to emerge. With remarkable skills and a shocking genetic code the Core and its enemies will do anything to obtain, Willow suddenly finds the freedom she craves slipping through her fingers. Greed, corruption, and genetic tampering threaten every aspect of her existence as she's thrust, unwilling, into the sophisticated culture of the elite Core city. To ensure peace, she must leave the past behind, marry a man she's never met, and submit to the authority of a relentless officer with a hidden agenda of his own. Her life has become a dangerous game. How much will she sacrifice in order to win?
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The writing and atmosphere of the story is dreamy and pulls you in immediately. I read it in record time and was frustrated with the ending as it did not seem complete. But oh, this is only part 1. And currently, there is no part 2. So, reader, be warned. It felt like part of a book, rather than a whole book. There was no sense of wholeness. It was like the first episode in a Korean drama.
The writer has created a dystopian world which is revealed through the interaction of the characters. Her skill with creative naming is quite artful. I guess it didn’t get five stars from me because of the character of Reece who I did not like. If he’s a love interest, then hopefully another one will manifest (other than the disapproving Thess). The character of Reece failed from the beginning with me, and the descriptions of him make me think of an extreme cross between a stiff Nazi SS commandant and Fabio. Even the descriptions of the clothing he wore did not manifest attractively in my imagination. So I was irritated with Willow at times regarding her interactions with him. I’m like, “Willow? Hellow?”
Honestly, I found it odd that Willow would be attracted to Reece, but I’m not Willow. His character is controlling, inconsistent, unhealthy and deceptive (regardless of fabulous gifts of Mustang mares). In fact, most of the characters around Willow are problematic with the exception of Joshua, who I loved at his first introduction. Hoping part 2 will resolve the frustrations of part 1.
Overall, this book was a solid read.
This book had me hooked nearly from that start and our heroine Willow is truly a force to be reckon with. I've stepped away from dystopian a bit because it is severely a cluttered genre at this point, but I truly enjoyed this book.
It takes place in a world where the value of a person's life is largely determined by their DNA. People and Ritters are engineered to be stronger, faster, more deadly etc.
We're introduced to an interesting cast of characters with Reece, Aspen, Morry and Fenn to name a few. I loved Aspen the most to be honest because he is just so relaxed and feels so natural. In a book that's somewhat heavy he is a breath of fresh air. Fenn was another character I adored because he is just so sweet and fatherly from the start. I hope he stays that way and doesn't turn out to be playing some sort of game.
Reece I did not like at the start but seeing as he's our girl's main love interest I knew we'd get to know him better. And I do like him by the end of the book. But he has such an air of mystery about him that I am a bit wary still. I could say the same for Morry something about that women just does not sit right.
Lastly, Thess. We did not get to meet him until nearly end of this book. Considering he was suppose to be Willow's fiance I thought we would meet him earlier to be honest. Yet at the same time as I got further and further into the book I had a feeling they were keeping his introduction potentially for when our group came into crisis, and naturally we got just that. Unfortunately, he is not the pleasant sweet jokester his cousin Aspen is. But that is no surprise. He has been groomed to essentially reign supreme. I do hope his relationship with Willow improves though because he could be a really valuable ally to her cause if she can sway him.
At this point, I think this book is a bit more romance focused than dystopian. Which is not necessarily bad because I like the main couple enough. But I'm actually much more interested in all the new technologic advances they've made, along with learning more about the rebels and their cause. Because clearly the government is corrupt. So I suppose it's a matter of seeing who is truly the lesser of two evils.
Looking forward to seeing what lies ahead for our dear Willow and hoping for her that her moves end in checkmate.
1) The lack of story development (it was fast paced, but the progress of the story was SOOOO SLOW!).
2) What the heck is Reece's role?!?!...after reading the entire book, I'm still confused! He's awful, sweet, thoughtful, controlling, arrogant, etc (I could go on....) but he doesn't "change" over the course of the story, he does it all simultaneously (I still think I hate him). If he's going to be the love interest.....ew. (no spoiler, since it's unclear)
3) She only meets her "betrothed" once, briefly. That plotline is kind of a big part of the story, so the story really felt like it had holes. Also, the scene where they meet is awkward, it's almost like they realized they needed to at least mention him for "romantic drama" or something.
Love triangle? - since I can't figure out if we should like Reese or hate him, and Thess (the betrothed) is MIA in this one ...... I'm gonna say no love triangle ....yet.