The Gender Game book review

Posted September 23, 2018 by Jordann @thebookbloglife in 3 star, book reviews / 0 Comments

The Gender Game book reviewThe Gender Game by Bella Forrest
Published by Nightlight on 24th September 2016
Genres: YA
Pages: 418
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Bella Forrest introduces her non-Shade (and longest ever) novel!

A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates's world by gender. Women rule the East. Men rule the West. Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus...

Ever since the death of her mother, Violet's life has been shadowed by bad luck. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now after two unfortunate incidents resulting in womanslaughter, she has been sentenced to death.

But one decision could save her life.

One decision to enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

Everything about the patriarchy defies Violet's identity, but she must sacrifice everything if she wishes to survive the forbidden kingdom... including forbidden love.

How much of yourself could you give up to keep yourself alive?

The Gender Game was a hard book to rate, on the one hand, I really enjoyed it and have actually downloaded the sequel to read but when I actually think about the issues I had with this book it should really score lower than it has. It was a hard one. I think the saving grace for this book was the concept, the writing for me was overly fantastic and I struggled with some of the tropes and the way certain situations were handled within the story, especially the romance. I personally think there was a lot of this book that was underdeveloped, which is a shame because it had a lot of potential

I think my biggest problem with this book and I’ll start with the issues because we’ll save the best for last, is the underdevelopment of everything. The Gender Game encompasses a lot of different points and I just think that more could have been done to explain the origin and why everything was the way it was. I also think the romance elements were predictable and almost cop-outs. I wanted a better reason for their relationship other than looks. It just didn’t sit right with me and I was internally sighing all the way through, and I couldn’t really get past my issues with how predictable and underdeveloped everything was.

The one thing I did enjoy although it was tainted by the fact it was underdeveloped was the two different worlds on the two sides of the river. I would have loved this book more if there was a larger emphasis on the politics at play and why they were the way it was. But it was such a cool concept and one that is extremely relevant in the current political situation. I think it was an oversimplified view of the feminist movement, which I think everyone fears that if women get equal rites that we will somehow become a segregated world. 

The biggest thing that let this book down was the romance elements, I think they let down the message of the book. I struggled with the ideas behind it. HOWEVER it became almost a guilty pleasure to find out more about the relationship and see if it would develop. It’s the classic will they won’t they type of scenario which is never a bad thing in terms of drawing you into a story. I just wished it would have focused more on the inequalities of each of the worlds. 

At this moment in time, I would recommend The Gender Game. I really enjoyed the story and I am going to be reading the sequel so that gives you some insight into my enjoyment level. I’ll definitely keep you updated on what I think about the rest of the series!

Have you read The Gender Game? If so what did you think? Let me know in the comments!