Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Saturday, March 16, 2013

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Summary from Goodreads

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 X series, 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.

My Review

Unique and very intriguing story. This is one of the story that won't let you stop until the end. At first, it's confusing where Mae and Justin fits in the story. But as the story goes, I realized that they do not just fit in the story, but it actually revolves around them, being the pieces in the gameboard of the gods.

The story is really big, from the lives in the Runa, to the lives in the province such as in Panama, to Mae's character, to Justin's history and to Tessa's future. This story is everywhere but it definitely did not lose my interest. It started really exciting when the mystery why Justin became exile is starting to be revealed. That's when everything is getting clear and how Mae is connected in all of it. 

It's hard to do something that is against on what you're starting to believe. This is Mae and Justin's problem. How could they stop the religious sects going on in the country, serving gods they know if in truth, there's a hidden god that's making both believe that they should be fighting on their side. Justin's job is to not to believe in any gods, but how could he when there are two ravens in his head talking form hin in years, encouraging him to fulfill his destiny in serving their god. And there's Mae, whom all her life is obligated to not believe in them, but how could she deny the darkness that's controlling her at times and the past she learned about Justin. 

It's hard to imagine a futuristic world, where there are churches with no gods, military with implants to be strong and many others the author have introduced in the story, but in the way the story was written, it became easy to understand and after few pages, you'll be swallowed wholly by the book.


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