I’ve been on a bit of an audiobook kick lately, purely because I’ve been crazy busy and just don’t have the time to sit and read, but I also can’t keep myself from filling my literary tanks. So audiobooks!
Anyway, back to Gameboard of the Gods.
The book started off having a huge strike against it before I even started reading–I’ve tried and failed to make the trek through several of Mead’s books from two of different series–so it had a lot of catching up to do in order to please me.
It caught up, slowly.
I felt that most of the time the pacing was sluggish, a little too bogged down in internal exposition as the main character–Mae–is always in her own head, contemplating, deducing, thinking–oh my god with the thinking–and usually right when you want things to be happening. Like maybe Mae punching someone in the face.
The male mc–Justin–is also in his own brain space, but him being there is, well…he’s not so confined to his own head. If you read it, you’ll understand what I mean. So him, I get. Her not so much.
The world and setting were a high points right from the start and helped score mad points with me. Mead has a way of constructing the world so that the reader–*i*–felts as though they are part of the scene rather than an observer to it. The scenery shift from Justin’s world to Mae’s world is drastic and jarring in a very good way.
The book is billed as science fiction, and I can’t say I was highly impressed with science part of it. I’m not into hard sci-fi for the most part, but this was even soft for me. The science behind the book felt “sound” and well researched and therefore plausible, but there was so little of it that wasn’t tech based, that I would market this as more of a sci-fi romance than straight sci-fi. The romance element of the plot is a huge element, and appears to be one of the overreaching plot lines that we will pick up again in The Immortal Crown, the next book in the Age of X series.
Which, yes, I will be reading.
I found the world the most fascinating thing about the book, and for that alone, I’ll read the next one. Seriously, a world where the practice of religion is regulated by the government??? That’s a badass concept. I also enjoy books that revamp old mythologies well, and this one did just that.
I’m not a total Mead-convert but I am a fan of this series and plan to see it through till its end.
Happy Reading. Happier Writing.
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.